In an attempt to help the next generation of photographers build on both their creative and business skills (and maybe get their claws into them as camera users), Canon has launched the Canon Student Network in collaboration with 11 universities in the UK and Ireland. Being developed in conjunction with these universities, it's meant to act as a complement to their courses. The programme offers opportunities for students on relevant courses to see what it's really like to be a professional fashion photographer at London Fashion Week, or to turn their hands to sports, wildlife, portrait and wedding photography. There are also seminars being laid on across the country and online courses that make use of current professionals' experience and knowledge, competition prizes, and the all-important networking potential, too.
To join, first year students need to be studying photography (or its equivalent course) at Ravensbourne, Norwich University, City of Westminster College, Leicester College, Reid Kerr College, Middlesex University, Plymouth College of Art, University of the Arts London, University of East London, University College Falmouth, or Griffith College, and they must sign up to Project 1709, Canon's online image management system. Second year students also need to own a current Canon dSLR and lens (but no one says that they actually have to use it). There's no third year sign-up option at the moment. That'll come in the next academic year, which is rather unfortunate for anyone who's currently in her or his final year. But for those who're are there now, it is free and might be worth checking out.
Interested students can check out the terms and conditions and register if they fancy over on the Canon Student Network website.