UCL East


Prize-winning UCL student audio features to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4

26 March 2024

Two UCL East students studying on our MA in Audio Storytelling for Radio and Podcast course will have their features broadcast on Radio 4, after becoming winners of the 2024 Charles Parker Prize.

Headphones, microphones and cables in a radio studio

Charles Parker (1919-1980) was a renowned BBC producer, lecturer, musician, actor, writer and activist. The Charles Parker Prize is awarded annually by the Charles Parker Archive Trust to recognise the best new talent in student radio feature making.

Every year, following the competition, the winners get to work with BBC producers to turn their entries into original features for broadcast on the BBC's flagship speech network, reaching millions of listeners across the globe.

See the winners from UCL below and hear how their work was described by the judges, courtesy of the Trust:

Fight Fair – Libby Liburd

"This maker has real raw talent. It was very moving, and terrific to hear her determination. A marvellous programme, by a maker who knows absolutely what she’s doing."

The National Language of Nowhere - Naomi Bloomstein 

"Very, very accomplished with such a creative use of the medium, where the music really drove it. A beautifully made programme and definitely in the top bracket on so many levels."

Five winning features in total will be broadcast as part of the New Storytellers Series on BBC Radio 4 later in the year.

Two additional UCL students also made the shortlist for the awards in a stunningly successful series of entries:

A Recipe for Recovery - Anna de Wolff Evans
"A beautifully told story, very gentle but hopeful, sonically interesting and easy on the ear."

RE:Connection - Chantal Romain
"Intriguing: it told a story that was both very personal and still relatable with lively scenes and a refreshing spontaneity and a vivid quality of recollection."

Find out more about our Audio Storytelling for Radio and Podcast MA