Awards and accolades


Double award honour for animation students

School: School of Visual Communication
Animation students from the University have earned a double honour at this year’s Royal Television Society Awards. Rizwan Khan (pictured on the left) was named winner in the Student Animation category for his film ‘Chime’ while Michael Price was shortlisted for his stop-motion film ‘Oh Well’.

BA (Hons) Animation Course Director Kelvin Wong said: “We are extremely proud of Rizwan and Michael’s achievements which would not have been possible without their dedication, willingness and hard work.”

Picture perfect for Birmingham student in international competition

School: School of Media
A Birmingham student who spent three months tackling poverty in Malawi is celebrating success after winning an international photography competition.

19 year-old Sabah Chohan, a BA Media and Communication student at Birmingham City University, presented her winning image at an exhibition at the Houses of Parliament earlier this month after securing top spot in the International Citizen Service (ICS) photography competition.

A former student and successful designer has been shortlisted for an eminent fashion award.

School: School of Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design
Emma J Shipley has been shortlisted for the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013 in the Avery Dennison Emerging Fashion Brand category.

Now in its fourth year, the awards aim to represent fashion on an international scale and represent the full breadth of the industry, from luxury to mass-market as well as new and emerging designers.

A PME student has been honoured at this year’s New York Radio Festival, the ‘Oscars’ of global radio.

School: School of Media
Daniel Collins, who is studying for a Foundation Degree in Radio, won an award for his radio documentary ‘Binge Drinking: Don’t do it’.

Head of Radio Sam Coley also won an award in the Community Radio category for his series ‘West Midlands Stories’. The University was the only institution in the country to have come away with an award.

A graduate of the School of Jewellery is celebrating after having his design chosen to mark a royal anniversary

School: School of Jewellery
Jonathan Oliffe’s design will feature on a special five-ounce gold coin created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

Jonathan said: “When I was approached by the Royal Mint I was truly honoured to have the chance to design the coin. The final design depicts the Queen’s orb and sceptre sat atop the royal robes.”

A University graduate has been named as one of this year’s Birmingham Young Professional of the Year winners.

School: School of Media
Daniella Genas, who was recently named as one of the University’s Alumni of the Year, has now followed up her success with another award win. Daniella was the winner of the Entrepreneurship category at this year’s awards and received her prize from Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee. Read more on the website.

A recent alumnus of the University has been named as the winner of a prestigious art prize.

School: School of Art
Rafal Zar, a graduate of the Arts-Based Masters Programme, has been named winner of the New Art West Midlands award, earning himself a £1,000 prize in the process. Rafal’s piece was judged by a panel including Barber Institute Director Nicola Kalinsky. Nicola commented: “Rafal’s work is very coherent and assured. It’s visually very striking and there was an ambition to his work which interested us all.”


Fashion student turns heads with the perfect party dress

School: School of Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design
A budding dress designer has wowed a panel of top judges as part of an ITV competition.
Kelly Weaver, a first-year fashion design student, beat over 500 designers from across the country to be named as runner-up in This Morning’s ‘Perfect Party Dress’ competition, as well as earning herself a work placement at John Lewis.

Four students have their dissertations published

School: School of Social Sciences
Four students from ELSS have their dissertations selected for inclusion in one of the country’s leading academic journals. Keiran Morris, Jordan Picken, Jasmine Smith and Joe Sheffield were all awarded first-class marks for their dissertations. Their hard work is recognised by the Internet Journal of Criminology, which selected their dissertations for publication.

CIPR Midlands Student of the Year

School: School of Media
Lucy Hird, a BA (Hons) Media and Communication student, has been named as the CIPR Midlands Student of the Year for 2012. She beat competition from a number of other universities to win the award run by the CIPR, the UK body for public relations. Lucy’s success means that students from the University have now won the award for seven years in a row.

Triumph as graduate hits the right note at festival

School: Birmingham Conservatoire
Hannah Davey, a graduate from Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, is awarded the 2012 Bromsgrove International Young Musicians Platform award.
Hannah impressed the judges with her performance programme, which included works by Berio, Mozart and Ravel.

Student shortlisted for a RSA Student Design Award

Su Ping Ong, a Malaysian student from the University's partner institution The One Academy, is shortlisted for an RSA Student Design Award and wins a Highly Commended in the category. Jackie Norton, Course Director of the Design Studies Programme, calls her "an absolute star!!"

Students awarded funding

School: Birmingham Conservatoire
Five postgraduate students at Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, are awarded funding to assist with their studies after impressing The Musicians Benevolent Fund.
Students receiving financial aid include Ben Murray and Hetti Price who both receive £1,500, and Martyn Sanderson (right) who receives an award of £4,000.

Student nominated for the 2011 Marie-Claire blog awards

School: Birmingham City Business School
Lily Pebbles, a 2010 graduate from the Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations undergraduate degree at Birmingham City Business School, is nominated for the 2011 Marie-Claire blog awards. Lily is nominated for her blog ‘What I Heart Today’ which is a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog.


Graduate wins Royal Television Society Student Animation Award

School: School of Visual Communication
Ben Whitehouse, a graduate in Animation, wins a prestigious Royal Television Society Student Animation Award for his stop motion film Til Death Do Us Part.

Student of the year award

Faculty: The former Faculty of Law, Humanities, Development and Society
Angela Gilraine scoops the prestigious ‘Student of the Year’ award from the Chartered Institute of Housing. Angela worked in housing for 22 years as a caretaker and then a concierge when she embarked on a foundation degree in professional housing studies at Birmingham City University in 2007.