Our award-winning students

Elina Ellis, winner of the Macmillan Prize, holding her certificate up to camera Untitled Page

Our students often receive industry recognition with success in major national and international competitions.


Here are a few recent highlights:


Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration 2017

Students from our MA Children’s Book Illustration (pictured) course completed a clean sweep at the 2017 Macmillan Prize for Illustration, taking first, second and third place - the second time all three prizes have been won by our students. Elina Ellis won first prize for The Truth About Old People, Flavia Zorrilla Drago's Where Do The Lost Things Go took second prize and Fifi Kuo won third prize for Everyone Can Draw.

Beatriz Lostalé Seijo with her award

V&A Student Illustrator of the Year 2017

MA Children's Book Illustration student Beatriz Lostalé Seijo (pictured) won this prestigious title at the V&A Illustration Awards for her accordion-style picture book version of The Odyssey. In 2016 Kate Milner, another artist from the course, won for her picture book My Name Is Not ‘Refugee’.


Carmelite Prize 2016

Mark Nicholas, another student on the MA Children's Book Illustration, won the inaugural Carmelite Prize in 2016. Run by Hachette Children's Group, the contest tasked entrants with illustrating a new picture book by celebrated author-illustrator Cressida Cowell, The Story of Tantrum O’Furrily. Mark won a contract to illustrate the full text, as well as £1,000 prize money.

Only the curious have something to find

Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016

Gillian Ellis (MA Printmaking) was one of 93 artists selected to display her work (pictured) at the Mall Galleries, London, in the shortlist exhibition for this prestigious annual prize, Europe’s leading open competition for figurative and representational art and one of the most valuable art prizes in the UK.


Exhibtr.com Student Photography Awards 2015-16

Stephen Allwright, from our BA (Hons) Photography course, was named overall winner of these awards, run by Exhibtr.com in conjunction with Olympus UK. Stephen won an Olympus OMD E-M1 camera for his photos on the theme of 'Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle".


The Lara Jones Award 2015

Awarded alongside the Macmillan Prize, this prize is presented in memory of Poppy Cat creator Lara Jones, and goes to the entrant who shows the most promise as an illustrator of books for babies or very young children. In 2015, it was won by Mark Nicholas, another of our MA Children's Book Illustration students, for his entry Wellies Has Lost His Boot.

Hannah Bigley with her certificate for the D&AD awards

D&AD awards 2015

BA (Hons) Illustration student Hannah Bigley (pictured right) won a highly prestigious D&AD New Blood pencil award, only given to the best of the best currently starting out in the design industry.D&AD were established in 1962 as British Design and Art Direction, a group of designers and art directors who came together to celebrate creative communication and raise standards within the industry.


UNICEF Photo of the Year Awards 2015

Megan Lovell, a student on our BA (Hons) Photography, received an Honourable Mention in this annual prize that recognise photos and photo series that depict the personality and living conditions of children worldwide in an outstanding manner. She was the only British photographer to make the shortlist.


2015 Penguin Random House Design Awards

Leigh-Anna Frith and Tuike Tuominen, both students on our BA (Hons) Graphic Design course, made the Adult Fiction Cover Award shortlist in the 2015 Penguin Random House Design Awards.


Animation Libation Studio’s ‘Global Animation Contest’

BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation student Jean-Louis Pecheur was awarded top prize for this contest in 2014. Animation Libation Studios work with newly emerging talent from around the world and seasoned industry professionals to create original, groundbreaking animation for film, television and the internet.


The SBID Awards 2014

The SBID Awards invite the top 20% of final-year students from all UK based interior design courses to enter, have a focus on mentorship and connection with specific industries within interior design, e.g. residential, business or restaurant design. BA (Hons) Interior Design graduate Sotirios Tseronis was presented with the 2014 award in the Hotel and Restaurant category at a ceremony at 100% Design in September.