The School of Arts & Media certainly had a lot to cheer about at our annual Students’ Union Teaching Awards last week. Receiving the highest number of staff nominations, the School was the proud winner of the all-important Best Overall School award. Commenting on the award, Head of School Professor Allan Walker said: “I am delighted that our School, which has only been in business since September, has been able to win this award and I would like to thank everyone for their commitment to enhancing the quality of our students’ experience through a period of considerable change.”
While this was in itself an outstanding testament to the excellence of our entire staff, Photography Technical Demonstrator, John Boothe deserves special recognition for scooping the Best Academic Support Staff award. John was described by his students as helpful, friendly and always willing to go above and beyond his role to provide that extra bit of support. Praising John for his superb efforts, Allan Walker said: “Support staff are a key and often undersung element of our practice based disciplines and it is especially pleasing for John to have been acknowledged in this way.” Well done everyone!
After being dubbed the best in their category by a panel of industry professionals, two of our second year BA (Hons) Graphic Design students received the gold award for Best Overall Student Work at the prestigious Roses Creative Awards last week. Despite stiff competition from over 400 UK-wide designers, Salford students Peter Quirke and Andrew Goodison clinched the top prize securing a special feature in The Drum, a work placement with Modern-English Digital agency, plus a whole host of bragging rights!
This year, competition hopefuls were asked to answer one of 10 briefs, which ranged from re-branding Harry Ramsden’s chippy to promoting the benefits of dental appointments. Peter and Andrew chose to apply their creative touch to a record label brief which called for a digital campaign to spread the word about four newly signed acts.
Reflecting back on what has turned out to be an incredible past few weeks, Andrew said: “We’re really grateful to the University for the opportunity to enter the competition and to our tutors for giving us feedback and helping us to improve while we were working on our project”. Peter went on to explain: “Participating in competitions is such a great way to get noticed in this industry. A couple of months ago we didn’t have a clue what the industry was like and now we’re just starting to scratch the surface”. Both Peter and Andrew are keeping a winning mentality and are already making plans to defend their title next year. “It’s great to win it once but we want to be here next year and the year after!” declared Peter.