British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC)
The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) is a membership organisation that promotes the production, study and use of moving image, sound and related media in post-compulsory education. 85% of UK higher education institutions hold BUFVC membership.
The BUFVC’s television and radio library covers more than 13 years of broadcasts from ten channels. Each year 73,000 hours of UK broadcast television and radio are recorded for use within learning and teaching. Universities and colleges may also access a growing archive of programmes online via the innovative BoB (Box of Broadcasts) National online streaming service. To access these services an appropriate ERA licence is also required.
The BUFVC also creates and maintains databases that direct users to available moving image and sound content and an Information Service, which provides up-to-date practical guidance on any aspect of using moving image and sound in education.
Other BUFVC services include:
- BUFVC federated ‘all-in-one’ search – allowing users to access 9 BUFVC databases and 14.5 million records via one search
- An information and copyright guidance service (see case study)
- TRILT – a database containing over 14 million TV & radio listings
- Off-Air Recording Back-Up Service – request copies of TV and radio recordings since 1998
- News on Screen - the world’s leading resource for the study of newsreels and cinemagazines
- International Database of Shakespeare on Film, Television and Radio
- The Moving Image Gateway - over 1,000 websites relating to moving image and sound materials
- BUFVC publications eg. Viewfinder magazine
- Conferences, training courses and events eg. Learning on Screen Awards