Category: Alumni

Alumni Nick Cook featured in The Guardian’s ‘Home, safe home’ in pictures | 2020

Nick Cook, an alumnus from the BA Graphic Design course in 2013 has a poster featured in the collection, shared by The Guardian.

Alumnus Stacey Olika is named as one of Bristol’s 24 most inspiring people under 24 | 2019

Stacey Olika

This year’s list at Rife magazine features another round of the city’s most impressive young people.

The nominations for this list came flooding in from day one of the launch and didn’t stop coming until the deadline. With the help of the young people we work with at Rife, we managed to whittle down tens upon tens of nominations to the final list and it definitely wasn’t easy. From swimmers to app developers, each and every one of these Bristolian or Bristol-based entries were jaw-dropping. Stacey Olika, an alumnus from the UWE BA Graphic Design course is one of those people – congratulations!

Stacey is a graphic designer, creative producer and curator. Her work explores how identity and culture is navigated in today’s society through a range of mediums. She has  co-curated Why Are We Not Here for Test Space at Spike Open Studios which addresses issues regarding the lack of representation in arts institutions, is a featured artist at Rising Artsand has recently facilitated a new publication, Conversations About Race, to generate much needed conversations in the city. She is the founder of Agents of Change, a programme to shine light on emerging creatives. She recently led the Uncomfortable Truths project at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

She says, “To be honest I didn’t expect it at all, I never expect recognition because I’m doing something I’m passionate about and I love. But the fact that people see what I’m doing and it’s influential, is greater than where I ever saw myself going.”

Research Centre Summer 2019 Interns: DCRC | Leah Williams

Research Centre Summer 2019 Interns: DCRC | Leah Williams

Over the summer months, the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) welcomed their first Intern into the office. Leah Williams had just completed her 2nd year studying Graphic Design at UWE Bristol and was thrilled to get the opportunity to spend 10-weeks experiencing life inside the research centre, based in the heart of Bristol’s Harbourside.


Before she headed back into student life, Leah wrote up a little summary of her time with DCRC.


My summer at the DCRC by Leah Williams


I have just spent ten weeks of the summer working as an intern at the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) and what an experience it has been!

The DCRC create new and exciting ways of sharing stories by coming together and focusing on using technology inclusively to have a critical impact on people, for the greater good. Not sure about you, but this is most definitely a future I want to be part of!


As a rising level 3 Graphic Design student, I have learnt so much about what it is like to use my skills in a workplace environment as well as gaining an understanding how I can utilise my expertise. This opportunity has given me confidence in my abilities as well as improving my time management and organisational skills.


Throughout my time at the DCRC, I have mainly been working alongside Nicole Foster – Creative Economy Research Fellow – to help organise an innovative conference, which would take place during the last week of my internship – Creative, Knowledge Cities 2019: Rethinking, Resisting and Reimagining the Creative City.


The conference was fantastic! It explored the critical tension between the creative sector, cities and universities, which I think is incredibly important to discuss in the current state of the world. It takes a step towards a more inclusive future. One of my key tasks was to assist with designing material for the conference; this included designing the programme, signage and promotional material. I also took care of the conference website and spent time liaising with speakers.


During the first two weeks of my internship, I had the opportunity to attend the South West Creative Technology Network (SWCTN) Robotics Workshop. This was a two-day workshop where the fellows shared their findings from their research. I also attended the Bristol+Bath Creative R+D, workshop in Bath. Whilst there, I met some incredible people. It was great to learn different ways of thinking and how I can apply these processes to my own practice, which was really valuable to me. It was also very interesting to get an insight into the opportunities that take place outside of education, for creatives.


Following this, I was challenged with designing printed material for the Bristol+Bath Creative R+D and the Ambient Literature: Words We Never Wrote project that has been taking place in Bower Ashton Library.


It has been a busy summer but I am so grateful to have had this fantastic opportunity – being surrounded by such incredibly diverse people was a reward in itself!


I would advise anyone rising to level 3 to look for the opportunity to do an internship before leaving education, even if you’re uncertain of the job description. What is most important is that it gives you experience and a taste of the real world outside of education, something that is both valuable to you and your future employer. If you are anything like me and don’t have a clue about what type of job you’d like in the future – because you want to do everything (!) – then this is a great place to start!


Nicole Foster on Leah

Leah was an incredible asset to the Digital Cultures Research Centre over the summer. She contributed to multiple projects, but especially to CKC 2019: Rethinking, Resisting, and Reimagining the Creative City conference. The conference organising team did not have the capacity or skill set to focus much attention toward the design of the website, programme, and social media graphics. So we were keen to give Leah the opportunity and provide her support to develop materials based on the conference theme and a colour scheme. She produced fantastic work, and I am certain her design skills made a major impact in terms of how well the conference was received by participants.


Leah’s internship was an important reminder of the incredible skills, creative vision, and strong work ethic demonstrated by so many UWE Bristol students, as well as our role as researchers, instructors and staff to help support their continued development. We sincerely hope that we have the opportunity to work with Leah again, and look forward to supporting other UWE Bristol students in the future.


Nick Triggs on Leah

Leah’s willingness and enthusiasm to extend herself, and quiet confidence in her own capabilities were a delight. She worked seamlessly across a wide range of projects, managing competing and tight deadlines with a hugely impressive degree of professionalism and energy! Always looking to anticipate needs, offer suggestions, and happily take on board constructive feedback, Leah quickly became a key member of the team.


Perhaps most importantly for us, her reflections on the learning & growth that this internship offered through exposure and connection to a breadth of new and exciting experiences and contexts, make clear the value in supporting and creating these opportunities for sharing and engagement.

Noah Campeau

I am a designer and director working in moving image.

The Graphic design course at UWE allowed me to explore design without restrictions on format and delivery, whilst learning fundamental rules and how to approach briefs conceptually. By my final major project, I had very much found my feet in a world of video and installation.

Since graduating in 2012 I have worked at an array of Studios in London and Melbourne, Australia. My first out of University was an internship at design studio Hello Charlie London. This is a really important time for anyone, the transition between University and your first job can be daunting. At Hello Charlie I was given time to open up creatively and progress technically.

2 years later I went onto work at award winning studio, Browns. Moving image was fairly new territory for them and I was the first full time motion designer to join the studio. The first project I worked on was a brand refresh for global insurance company, Hiscox. My role was to develop and animate the brands new moving assets and motion guidelines. The studio delivers a very conceptual approach and a fresh aesthetic across all of its cultural and corporate projects, I learnt a huge amount at this studio.

I have been freelancing since leaving Browns over 2 years ago. I have now become a regular designer and director at Treatment Studio, a multi-disciplinary design practice for visual content. More recently I have been taking on projects which have offered me more of a director’s role, the step up in responsibility and ownership over my work has been very fulfilling. In my time at Treatment I have worked across the globe with the likes of The Rolling Stones, Louis Vuitton, U2, Elton John and Queen.


Lovebox 2018 Promo:



Claire Taylor-Lee

Claire graduated from UWE with a 1st class BA(Hons) degree in graphic design. During her time there, Claire’s portfolio built upon her passion for typography; both in print and moving image. Her strong typographic work and formidable attention to detail secured her a 3 month internship with Hello Charlie in their Bristol office through the UWE work placement scheme.

Claire became a full time designer with Hello Charlie after her internship in 2011, working alongside the team at a junior level on varied, high end projects ranging from broadcast to award shows and band screens. Being hands-on with live projects from the outset and assisting senior creatives and directors, she soon became proficient with broadcast projects in particular, and was quickly and confidently producing, designing and delivering televised work of a large scale within a team, and smaller more bespoke projects, personally.

Claire’s skill set grew to a high level as the projects demanded, from storyboards and concepts, project managing, client liaison and presentation to working on and delivering a project in full. Claire has contributed significantly to Hello Charlie’s continually growing reputation. In the last three years, Claire has led and directed numerous creative projects, has been nominated for an Emmy, and also a Royal Television Society award for her design work.

Claire has been working with Hello Charlie as a full time creative for 8 years.

Billy Lee Kerr

After Uni I landed myself a job at Cameron Balloons where I was for 2 years designing hot air balloons, I even designed my own hot air balloon using 3D software and photoshop which got taken into production and was one of the main highlights at the Balloon Fiesta that year.


I handed in my notice and took off to Australia to travel with my girlfriend, however after a month of being there I landed myself a Graphic Design job at Levi’s. Here I was the only Graphic Designer in Australia and New Zealand, so I was doing pretty much everything and my own boss, was a scary situation to be in at first and a lot of responsibility, but great experience nevertheless.


I’ve now just started a new job working as a graphic designer for a company called MYOB, (Mind Your Own Business) an Australian multinational corporation that provides tax, accounting and other business services software to small and medium businesses, it’s a pretty young atmosphere and I guess I’ll be staying in Australia for the foreseeable future if everything plans out well!

Jake Goodall

Hi all, I’m a Graphic Designer / honorary Northerner based up in Sheffield.

Since I graduated in 2015 I’ve been based at Field, a Graphic Design practice where we’ve grown from a small studio of 4 to almost a full football team, doing work across exhibitions, print, web and motion. I’ve even managed to rope in fellow UWE Grad Erik, and we now work together every day.

At Field we do a lot of work with a variety of clients and celebrate the heritage of the local, working within Arts, Education and Sport amongst others. Recently I’ve been working on a lot of animated 2D and 3D content and dabbling in Augmented Reality, but over the past few years I’ve done exhibition branding, brochures, websites and Christmas cards. Now a lot of my practice revolved around animation and I’m allowed a lot of freedom to pursue new processes – something I think is important for any design practice to allow people.

Outside of Field, I entered, got selected and exhibited a poster at Graphic Design Festival Scotland in 2016, which was about unarchiving old hidden paintings using technology (and going wrong). Last year I produced a collaborative project with Erik focusing on where contemporary artists, practitioners and students get their inspiration from, and presenting them all under the same light. These then went back to the students at both UWE and Leeds Beckett Uni to serve as a reading list resource / poster.


If you’d ever like any advice, a beer or to ask me anything, please ping me an email at

Typenowhere documents work created on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course at The University of the West of England, at Arnolfini contemporary art gallery in Bristol. The site also acts as a student resource including current live opportunities. Located inside the Arnolfini contemporary art gallery in Bristol city centre and taught by practising graphic designers, learning takes place in a studio environment with exceptional department facilities and a real-world dynamic. The course ranks very highly in the National Student Survey (NSS). Current students are regularly shortlisted for national and international graphic design awards. The course provides excellent preparation for a creative career in the UK and abroad. Many of our graduates establish their own freelance businesses or independent design companies.