Hello there!

Well firstly, I should apologise for the big gap since my last blog, with the holidays, exams and a nasty bit of food poisoning it has been a MANIC month at this end. But, it’s also been crazy here at SRA HQ with LOTS going on, so then let’s run through whats happening then…

Firstly, hopefully you will be attending the regional training events tomorrow being organised by your Regional Officers, they have done an incredible job to ensure that we offer more training opportunities that ever before for our station, so hopefully you will enjoy these and learn lots. As I write this I am sat in the airport, as Sam van Geffen, SRA Development Officer and I are off to Ireland to see how the Association can support the student radio stations out there, an area we’ve done very little work in previously! Internationally, we are also working with Radio Campus France and Ustation Italia our French and Italian counterparts to see how we can support the efforts of each other and collaborate more in the future.

Back in Blighty, work is well underway to organise the National Student Radio Conference, which will be coming to Newcastle in April and the whole team is working incredibly hard to create an #SRACon to remember – make sure you sign up to Emma’s weekly newsfeed where we will be announcing all the speakers, events and more! If you sign up to the newsfeed not only will you get conference information you will get  job opportunities, Emma’s incredible wit and the infamous birthday list. Also make sure you follow us on Twitter (@SRA) and send us your #ThrowbackThursday images from your stations.

Now if you think back to November you might remember the Student Radio Awards, supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio, and the winners of The Student Chart Show Award, URB from Bath. As part of their prize, on March 9th, Scott Mills will be co-hosting the Student Radio Chart Show with the station so make sure you tune in! Recently the Chart Show has had huge amounts of prizes with tickets to the XFM Winter Wonderland, Jake Bugg, Sub Focus and the sold out London Grammar gig so listen each Sunday from 3pm! If you want to get involved in the Chart, make sure you speak to our Chart Officer, Dan Gibson.

Also, we need to say a HUGE thank you to everybody who completed our membership survey just before Christmas, we got over two-hundred responses and we are currently analysing all of the results. It’s really going to help us shape the future of the SRA and deliver what you need.

As always if you need anything get in touch via email stu.manton@studentradio.org.uk or @stumanton on Twitter.