Dr Rachel Askew a finalist in the BBC and AHRC's 'New Generation Thinkers' scheme.

'New Generation Thinkers' is an annual scheme run by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and BBC Radio 3 to find upcoming researchers who are able to go beyond the walls of academia and communicate their ideas to a broader audience. The aim of the scheme is to find the new generation of academics who can bring the best of the latest university research and scholarly ideas to the listening public. 

Having submitted a programme idea to a panel of judges, Rachel Askew, an Honorary Research Fellow in Archaeology at The University of Sheffield, was selected as one of sixty finalists to attend workshops held at the BBC's Broadcasting House in London recently.

Rachel spent the day learning about what it takes to communicate ideas through radio and television and gained a perspective from BBC staff on how both Radio and TV programmes are commissioned, produced and presented.  She also had the opportunity to pitch her programme idea, based around the problems of examining mass graves from the English Civil War, to BBC bosses. 

Rachel said of the experience 'I found the intense and exciting process fascinating as the secrets of what makes a good TV or radio programme were revealed over the course of the day. I am sure that, given that the media is an omnipresent force in modern academia, the experience and contacts I developed during my day at the BBC will certainly help me to communicate my research to a wider audience in the future'.

Dr Rachel Askew