Christina Astle-Alvares: 

Music and Media Technician, Salford City College


Can you tell us a little bit on your time at UCLan and how you interacted with the course?

Whilst studying at UCLAN I became more open to interact with people, and became more conscious of a professional manner of behaving. I took advantage of the resources available and experimented with different recording and microphone techniques, which was very useful for future jobs.  I would usually be found in Studio 1 at 3 am either recording or mixing, a great feature of the 24/7 availability of the rooms we could book out. The lecturers were always very patient and helpful to assist, and still keep in close contact

What has your career path been since graduating UCLan?

When I was at UCLAN, I volunteered at local music venues to assist with sound engineering, and through that volunteer work I became a local sound engineer for Preston venues. I then got a job at Salford City College in Media City as their Creative Music and Media technician, in which I oversee a TV studio, Radio Station, Music Studios, a Performance Area, Rehearsal Rooms and their Equipment Booking System. I also freelance for festivals and other music venues during weekends.