Category: Awards

The Batsford Prize 2022 — now open for entries


Leading art book publisher Batsford presents The Batsford Prize 2022. The award is open for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying at a UK institution, with over £5,000 of prizes to be won.

There are four categories to enter, with a £500 cash prize for the winner of each category:

  • Applied Art and Textiles
  • Fine Art
  • Illustration
  • Children’s Illustration


  • The People’s Choice Award
    An award where the public chooses the winner from the shortlisted entries. There’s a £500 cash prize for the winner and books to win for those who vote.


The theme for the Batsford Prize 2022 is ‘Communication & Connection’. Batsford are looking for entries that show innovative and well-crafted interpretations of the theme, in terms of subject or materials used, or a combination of the two. There is no restriction on the medium used, and we accept both entries that have been made as a part of coursework as well as personal work.


There are over £5,000 worth of prizes to be won!

  • £500 cash prize for the winner of each category, including the People’s Choice Award.
  • £50 worth of Batsford books for the winners and £500 worth of books for their college.
  • £50 worth of books for two runners up in each category.


Find out more about Batsford Here

BBDPA 2021

We are extremely pleased to announce that Seb Lansdowne and Nathaniel Stevens were respectively winner and highly commended for this year’s British Book Design and Production Award in the students’ category. Our most sincere congratulations to both students. Seb Lansdowne winning the award makes this the third UWE student’s victory in the past 4 editions of the award (that was sadly suspended for 1 year because of the Covid19 pandemic).

Seb entered the competition with his book “Monstruous Carbuncle”, a collection of text and visual essays on Brutalism, while Nathaniel’s “A is for Apple” is a journey through all the meanings and cultural references of the apple as an object. Both books were written, designed and produced as part of the Typography and Print module for level 2 students at UWE Bristol Graphic Design BA, with lecturers Marco Ugolini and Gabriel Solomons.

The BBDPA is one of the most prestigious and popular events of the year, promoting the excellence of the British book design and production industry and celebrating the best books of the year in 18 categories. This year’s award ceremony took place on Nov 8th at De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London and was conducted by radio and TV presented Penny Smith.

Creative Conscience Awards 2021

We are proud to announce that 2 of our students received Bronze and 1 student’s project was highly commended for the Creative Conscience Award 2021.

Flora McRae – Bronze:
Jack Jones – Bronze:
Lauren Dutch – Highly Commended:

More shortlisted projects from students: Imogen Hunter, Daisy McAllister, Daisy Wilkinson and David Perry.

Congratulations to them and to all of the students who entered this year’s competition as well.

Creative Conscience
Creative Conscience is an award for students projects that promote sustainability, freedom, equality and well-being. This reflects in many ways the nature of our course, the reflections, conversations and the work produced by the BA students.

RSA Students Award 2021 – Hacked!

We are pleased to announce that our students Izzy Tippins, Ella Coldray (Watson), Jared Appleton won the RSA students award 2021 for the brief “Bridging the Divide”.

Hacked! is a board game for 8 -11 year olds that educates and informs youth on the ways algorithms can shape our everyday lives, and how to combat them.

This is how they describe the project: Youth are increasingly online and consuming content on the internet from a young age with little understanding of how algorithms shape their experience of social media platforms. Hacked! is an educational board game with an accompanying teacher pack that can educate young children (8-11) on what algorithms are, how they work and how they affect the information we consume. The game is designed to be an interactive, collaborative and fun approach to unpacking the topic of misinformation and can be used to supplement existing curriculums on internet safety and digital literacy.

Well done again!

Izzy Tippins:
Ella Coldray (Watson):
Jared Appleton:

Sally Mosley – Creative Conscience

We are extremely pleased to announce that Sally Mosley, a recent graduate from BA HONS Graphic Design, is a 2020 Creative Conscience competition award winner. 

Creative Conscience is an international organisation which aim is to inspire, train and reward creatives to apply their talents to socially valuable projects involving sustainability, freedom, social justice and well-being.

Sally, who recently graduated with a first-class honour degree, had submitted her work to the competition earlier this year. The successful project titled “The Hand You Were Dealt”, is a beautifully designed card game that explores the idea of privilege in society by inviting the participants to interact and start a conversation.

On finding out about her win, Sally took to social media and commented:
“…Really excited and grateful to have received this amazing award and to be associated with such a fantastic organisation. Thank you very much!”

Congratulations from the Graphic Design team.

Lottie Johnson wins City ID Award | Outstanding Design Process 2020

The City ID Award for Outstanding Design Process is presented to the Graphic Design student who has demonstrated a robust design process throughout their final project to achieve an exceptional body of work.


This year’s winner is Lottie Johnson who receives an award and £500 prize money.


Cal Jepps of City ID had this to say:


“The standard of work produced this year was amazing, especially in the wake of such unusual circumstances, so all the shortlisted students should be extremely proud of what they have accomplished.

The decision was not an easy one to make, but we felt like Lottie’s exploration of the subject and her evaluation were both really strong, and she ticked all the criteria boxes we were looking for. We were torn between a number of students as they all tackled very different project topics with some beautiful outputs – ultimately Lottie just had that little bit extra in documenting her process fantastically well.”


The announcement was made to Lottie online by City ID attended by course leader Colum Leith and Lottie’s 3rd year tutor Carol Stevens.


City ID are a Bristol based design agency that develop unique design, information and wayfinding solutions globally to integrate people, movement and places.

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.”