Arts, Design and Media Round-up #1

There's been a lot going on in the faculty of Arts, Design and Media this month, from award wins to new social events. Join us in celebrating these successes!

1. Photography student gets work published in international magazine

Beth Pulley, a Photography student, designed the front and back covers for Mob Journal, a magazine based in Montreal, Canada. Mob Journal is a portrait photography magazine that has been curating art for over ten years, encouraging international creatives to get involved when possible.

2. Product and Furniture Design student wins Iconic Design Award

MA Product and Furniture Design students, Manthan Modh, was awarded an ICONIC AWARD by the German Design Council in the category of Innovative Architecture. His work, entitled "Swift Blinder", is a modular nesting box designed to fit seamlessly into new and existing buildings.

Manthan said: "To be honoured by your peers is incredibly gratifying and I am so thankful to my colleagues for giving me design feedback, and support for this recognition. I am also grateful to the talented and dedicated members of staff I work with every day at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design."

3. PRide Award win for PR and Media student

Emily Pinches is a final year Public Relations and Media course within the School of Media, who was nominated for and won Student of the Year in the CIPR Midlands region of the PRide Awards 2022.

Kelly O'Hanlon, Senior Lecturer in Public Relations and Media, said: 

"Emily is personable, professional, and has the drive needed to do well in the industry. She demonstrates commitment to her studies and is always forthcoming with ideas, volunteering for wider opportunities, and seeks out new ways in which to develop and apply her skills."

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4. Swap Social kicks off in the Parkside building

Swap Social is a clothes swapping event open to all BCU staff and students that occurs in the Parkside Atrium on the last Wednesday of each month. Ran by students and staff, the premise of the event is to give individuals a chance to refresh their wardrobes and give pre-loved clothes a new chance. Don't have anything to swap? Swap Social also accepts donations!

5. English Literature produces its first PhD student

Catherine Baker successfully secured external funding for an arts-based research project to investigate the impact of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis on young females who had undergone major Spinal Fusion surgery. She led a team including Mr Tsirikos, Paediatric Spinal Surgery lead for NHS Lothian Royal Hospital for Children and Young People, Dr Olga Fotakopoulou, Psychology Senior lecturer (BLSS), Dr Nina Morris, Human Geographer (Uni of Edinburgh) and Artist Researcher Dr Flora Parrott (Royal Holloway).

The project was funded by the British Scoliosis Research Foundation and supported considerably in kind by the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, which is where the research workshops took place over a series of weekend workshops at the famous Botanics Cottage.

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