Scratch Radio has been around for nearly two decades and broadcasts from The Curzon Building at our City Centre campus. We are award-winning radio made by students, for students.
Anyone can get involved; whether you want to present, produce or have more of a techncial streak, there's a wide range of opportunities on offer - and don't worry if working on air isn't your thing. We've got plenty of online and social opportunities too, in fact some of our members never set foot in our studio!
You don't have to be studying a media related course either. We'll provide you with all the training you need to make the most out of your time with us.
Scratch are a multi-award winning radio station, picking up a gold Student Radio Award for Best Journalistic Programming and a silver for Best Interview. We've also scooped the Radio Academy Nations and Regions award for Best Station (Midlands).
At an international level, two of our alumni have walked away with gold and silver prizes respectively at the New York Festival Awards for documentary work and a third was the first British person ever to win two trophies at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards in Chicago.
You can join the society at any time in the academic year and all annual memberships will expire on 31st August, regardless of the date they're purchased.
If you join our free Interest List, you will be added to our mailing list temporarily. You'll hear about the events we are hosting during Give It A Go Month, which runs from 12th September - 12th October and is the perfect time to try out our society!
If you wish to take part in our society after this time, you will need to make sure you pay for your annual membership.
Some of our success stories
Former members of Scratch have gone on to work in various roles across the industry - and we couldn't be more proud! Here's just a handful of people who have moved forward in the industry:
Ben Stones was part of the Scratch family until 2012 and, after graduating, went to work at BBC Radio Leicester before moving to London.
He now works as a Lead Producer fo station sound across the BBC's national radio networks, including Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2 and 6Music.
Dan Richards was our Assistant Station Manager until he graduated in 2011, before returning study for his MA in 2017.
Dan worked as a producer at Smooth Radio, covering both weekends and their West Midlands Breakfast Show, as well as work with BBC local radio. He now presents at the weekend on Black Country Radio.
Amy Southall left BCU in 2016 after finishing her role as Station Manager for Scratch Radio. She moved to London and now works for the Wireless Group.
Initially she created social media content for TalkRADIO before moving to be a technical operator for TalkRADIO and TalkSPORT - the worlds biggest sport radio station.
Johnny Seifert finished his time at University and went back home to London and also works for the Wireless Group.
Beginning as an assistant producer for TalkRADIO's Breakfast Show, he currently produces their weekend output and acts as the stations showbiz reporter.
He's recently joined TalkRADIO's sister station, Times Radio, as their Entertainment Producer.
Rachel Chew was Scratch's Assistant Station Manager between 2011 and 2014, before completing her degree and working for Heart in Birmingham. She moved to Swindon to co-host SAM FM's Breakfast Show before uprooting to host the Nation Radio Breakfast Show across South Wales.
Recently, she's moved to Oman to present Drivetime on HiFM - Oman's #1 Hit Music Station.