Lord Puttnam launches film mentoring scheme at University of Sunderland

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The Oscar-winning producer of films including Chariots of Fire and The Killing Fields, has launched a mentoring scheme with the University of Sunderland.

Lord David Puttnam, a former Government education advisor has selected 6 students he’ll work with over a 6 month period.

The “Puttnam Scholars” programme will involve a series of interactive seminars and a project set by Lord Puttnam.

“For the past six years I’ve enjoyed delivering seminars at Sunderland and at other universities around the world; but I’ve always been left wondering what might have been the benefit of focusing on a much smaller group, one which I might establish closer individual relationships,” explained Lord Puttnam.

“I hope through this new scholars programme I can use my experience in film, education and politics to inform, shape and help underpin the futures of these extraordinarily bright young people. When they graduate in the summer, I’ll hope to be in a position to assist in the next stage of what I trust will be a group of glittering careers.”

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The 6 students are Greg Bampalas, Adnan Shroufi, Kyle Chisholm, Kay Donnelly, Noura Petridi and Arnoldas Ilgevicius.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our students and I know how excited they are to have been selected. Lord Puttnam has been a tremendous supporter of our university and we are delighted he has chosen to trial this new approach with us,” added pro vice-chancellor Graeme Thompson.

“We will be looking very carefully at the programme and monitoring the impacts this kind of mentoring has on the students and how it shapes their studies and career choices.”

Lord Puttnam was the first Chancellor of the University of Sunderland (1997-2007), and is currently working on two new film and television projects.