RamsTV has helped a University of Derby student create a light-hearted look back at the 2007 Championship Play-Off Final, as Derby County defeated West Bromwich Albion, as part of her dissertation.

Ellie Bustin, a final year BA (hons) Media Production student, approached the RamsTV team about her idea for a dissertation project at the start of the 2019/20 season.

Creating a series of fly-on-the-wall ‘Gogglebox-style’ features, Ellie set out to film a number of fans and former players watching Derby matches, helping to capture their reactions to games’ key moments in a light-hearted and entertaining way.

Helping to arrange filming locations and guests for her shoots, as well as providing support and some expert advice, RamsTV gave Ellie the opportunity to create a short series of videos that formed the basis of her dissertation project.

One of the features, which Ellie kindly agreed for RamsTV to share with fans, sees former Derby players and club ambassadors, Michael Johnson and Marc Edworthy, relive the 2007 Play-Off Final against the Baggies as the Rams ran out 1-0 winners to secure promotion to the Premier League.

As well as being long-term commercial partners with the University of Derby, the club continues to support a number of the university’s students across its various courses via a series of work placements, guest lectures and unique opportunities. This has included the opportunity for students on their Football Journalism course to report on Academy fixtures for club channels and also attend first-team fixtures to sample the flavour of a working media environment.

As part of this, RamsTV has maintained a close and successful partnership with the University’s Media Production department for a number of years, with a many of its undergraduate students having the opportunity to gain work experience as part of RamsTV’s live productions.

Robin Matthews, Head of Broadcast at RamsTV explained: “We’re really impressed with what Ellie has been able to produce and delighted to be able to share this entertaining and light-hearted look back at one of the greatest days in the club’s recent history.

“Our partnership with the University of Derby continues to be extremely important to the club and RamsTV. Not only have we been able to give students the opportunity to work in a real live television environment, but we’ve also seen many of them join our team following their graduation.”

Phil Basi, Program Leader for Media Production and Principal Lecturer for TV production at the University, added: “The club and RamsTV have provided invaluable opportunities for our media production students to gain real world live television experience over the last few years.

“Their support has helped students develop many key skills and, like Ellie, produce some really impressive work.”