Award successes for UWE Bristol Graphic Design students

Issue date: 27 May 2015


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Graphic Design Students at UWE Bristol have been recognised nationally and internationally in the RSA Student Design Awards and the International Society of Typographic Designers Student Asseeement (ISTD).

Six final year UWE students on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design programme have won prestigious national awards in the RSA Student Design Awards, which provide financial and practical assistance to student designers starting out in their careers.

Ellie Lanham and Trystan Thompson were announced as joint winners of the RBS Award (£1750) for their design project 'SPART' in response to the Creative Conditions brief.

Dom Okah and Libby Parfitt were winners of the RSA Staff Choice Award (£500) for their animation 'Curious Owls' in response to the Moving Pictures brief.

Jenny Johnson and Erik Winterburn won the GREEN ROOM INTERNSHIP AWARD, (£1500 and 8 week placement) for 'The Dialect Heritage Group: Ee Bah Gum!', submitted in response to the Heritage by Design brief.

Another group of students, Nick Cook, David Quigley and Alex Price were commended for their entry , the 'Free H2O' project, submitted in response to the 'The Daily Diet' brief.

The students will receive their awards at a prestigious event at the RSA on 11 June 2015 and their work is on display as part of an online showcase.

Colum Leith, Programme Leader for Graphic Design, said, “This is a great achievement for all the students, to win in 3 separate categories is outstanding, it is testament to their skill as design thinkers. The students have produced innovative and challenging solutions for social, environmental and economic issues that are at the top of the news and social agenda.These awards give an insight into the intelligent design practice that takes place here, and lets the design industry know on both national and international levels what we are all about here at UWE Bristol.”


The RSA Student Design Awards provide financial and practical assistance to student designers starting out in their careers. The winning entries receive a year's RSA Fellowship, which provides the students with access to the RSA's Catalyst Fund, Skills Bank and crowdfunding page on Kickstarter to further develop their projects.

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In addition to the RSA Awards, 16 Graphic Design Students have been recognised in the International Society of Typographic Designers Student Assessment Scheme (ISTD) for their responses to the ISTD set briefs, and have been offered membership to the society.

The International Society of Typographic Designers is a professional body run by and for typographers, graphic designers and educators. The Society has an international membership, all of whom share its mission to establish and maintain standards of typography and to provide a forum for debate.

Ellie Lanham received ISTD Membership with Commendation (one of only 5 in the northern hemisphere). Sophi Doyle, Ali Treasure, Jake Goodall, James Nonhebel and Francisco Marrero all received ISTD Membership with Merit. (20 awarded in the northern hemisphere). The 10 remaining students were awarded ISTD Membership of this prestigious scheme, which is said to have the most rigorous assessments in the world.

UWE Bristol has consistently been one of the highest performing universities in the scheme for a number of years.

Senior Lecturer John Paul Dowling said, “For a graduating student gaining membership to this Society gives them the edge when applying for work within the creative industries. It is a difficult task and a great honour to have the MISTD accreditation after one's name. We are delighted for all the students – especially those who achieved commendation and merit awards which are very rare. Speaking with recent graduates of the course only confirms just how well regarded ISTD is in the industry; many of them are currently employed by some of the biggest names in the UK creative industries.”

The students and staff will be award certificates in recognition of their achievements at an ISTD Awards event in London on Friday 3 July 2015.

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