We were delighted to hear that the Immersive Telepresence in Theatre project has been shortlisted for a teaching and learning award at this year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

This collaborative project, initiated in 2015 and run by our School of Media and Performing Arts in partnership with the University of Tampere (Finland), uses a combination of video-conferencing technology, large scale projections and social media to allow students in different locations – sometimes thousands of miles apart – to rehearse and perform together.

The project has already received a number of accolades, most notably the Reimagine Education Award (winner in the Arts & Humanities category). Over the last years it has grown and evolved to incorporate new partners (including the University of the Arts in Helsinki and the University of Gothenburg), providing opportunities for staff and students to work, network and even dine together whilst being in different countries.

DMLL supported the initial stages of the project and hosted the Telepresence in Performing Arts Symposium in 2016 (video recordings available here).

You can read more about Immersive Telepresence in Theatre here but in the meantime, on behalf of the Lab we would like to offer congratulations to senior lecturer and project coordinator Tom Gorman and his team on their nomination – we have enjoyed being a part of this exciting journey!