UCLan Lands Publishing Industry First in Latest Venture with New York Times Best-Selling Author

University produces audiobook for Monsters in the Mirror

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has published what is believed to be the first ever children’s audiobook created for commercial release on a university campus.

As part of its second project with New York Times best-selling author AJ Hartley, UCLan Publishing has worked with AJ in its on-campus radio studio to narrate the audiobook for his children’s fantasy adventure book Monsters in the Mirror. The book first hit bookstores in March after being released through UCLan Publishing, with staff and students only recently returning from a whirlwind nationwide book tour in support of it.

AJ recorded the audio himself, which was produced by Director of UCLan Publishing Debbie Williams with production and editing support from students on the undergraduate and postgraduate publishing courses.

“In my other hat as a theatre professor I spend a lot of time working with actors, but audiobooks present a special challenge. I really love the way they return storytelling to an oral form; like telling yarns round the campfire or reading to kids. It’s intimate and connective. I don’t have all the skills a trained actor does, but I know the text intimately and hopefully listeners will get something of the passion and urgency I felt in writing the story in the first place. I hope so.”

AJ Hartley – Author of Monsters in the Mirror

“Audio is such a fast-growing part of book publishing, with consistent, double digit growth over the last few years in the UK. Learning skills in this field means I’m stepping into the publishing with the ability to take a job position in audio and help make great content for the ever-growing amount of book listeners.”

James Phoenix, MA Publishing student, audio assistant on the project

UCLan Publishing is the only student-led publishing house in the world and this latest collaboration with AJ comes after the author chose UCLan Publishing to release his 2018 thriller, Cold Bath Street. The young adult novel, which was set in Preston, was edited, project-managed, designed and produced by UCLan Publishing students. It went onto become a nationwide bestseller as well as being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal literature prize.

“The work we’ve done with AJ has been fantastic and it’s given all of the students involved a fantastic, hands-on unique training experience. UCLan Publishing continues to grow and to be able to say UCLan is the first university to produce a children’s audiobook for commercial release highlights its strength in a very competitive industry.”

Debbie Williams – Director of UCLan Publishing

Monsters in the Mirror audiobook is available to download via Amazon, Apple, Audible and Google.

UCLan Student’s Fashion Design Catches Eye of Popular Retailer

Roxanne wins FatFace national competition

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student will soon see her fashion design for sale on the high street after winning a national competition set by popular fashion brand FatFace.

Roxanne Hoare, who is in the final year of a fashion design degree, was crowned one of two winners of the FatFace Graphic T-Shirt Competition at the annual Graduate Fashion Week in London.

The 21-year-old from Arnside beat off stiff competition from more than 100 applicants from universities all over the country when her t-shirt design of a tranquil countryside scene was chosen to be included as part of the retailer’s 2019 autumn collection.

Students were asked to design a t-shirt for FatFace that was in line with the brand. Judges were looking for entries that showed “something fresh” and demonstrated an “understanding of the brand and its heritage.”

“I still can’t believe I actually won this award, it’s definitely given me a confidence boost. I think it will be great achievement to put on my CV but also a push in the right direction.”

Roxanne Hoare

For the competition, Roxanne had to submit research and design inspiration boards as well as show how her design would look on a crew neck t-shirt. As she was already hand painting some of the designs in her final year collection at university, the competition came just at the right time for the ambitious designer.

“From researching into future trends, I found that oil paintings of countryside scenes were a strong trend for Autumn. I decided to try paint an idyllic scene as I felt reflected a lot of FatFace’s customers who are adventurous, spontaneous and fun with a love for the outdoors.”

Roxanne Hoare

Roxanne, who completed a work placement at womenswear shop Tulchan near Kirkby Lonsdale during her studies, won £250 prize money and the chance to meet the FatFace design team. Her winning design will soon be available to by in selected FatFace stores nationwide and online at fatface.com

Roxanne will graduate from UCLan in July and has her sights set on a career within the fashion design industry.

Prestigious Student Fashion Show comes to Preston Straight from London Catwalk

Annual UCLan Fashion Show attracts biggest ever crowd as Lancashire visitors flock to see student designs

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) attracted its biggest ever crowd to its annual Fashion Show as hundreds of visitors flocked to campus to see the work of 18 budding designers.

The final year fashion design students showed off their collections, fresh from the catwalk of Graduate Fashion Week in London, to a packed crowd in Venue 53. The event attracted industry experts, business leaders, local dignitaries and devoted fashion followers, who were all keen to see the students’ designs.

Collection highlights included Charley Parr, whose collection featured in the Graduate Fashion Week Talent of Tomorrow 2019 campaign, the work of two students, Allison Elizabeth Orr and Zhixue Xie, which featured in Graduate Fashion Week’s prestigious final Gala Show and Roxanne Hoare, whose talents were spotted during Graduate Fashion Week when she won a t-shirt design competition set by international retailer FatFace.   

“Wow, what a fantastic night. It was the ideal way to round-off a great year in the fashion department and we’re all incredibly proud of what the students have achieved. They’ve invested a great deal of time, energy and passion in creating these highly personal collections and as a result, got some great feedback from industry experts at Graduate Fashion Week in London.”

“We all enjoyed bringing this very professional show back to Preston and I hope the people of Lancashire enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed producing it.”

Amanda Odlin ( Senior Fashion Lecturer – UCLan)

In addition, fashion promotion student Lucy Neville has cause for celebration after she beat of hundreds of entries from across the country to win the Fashion Communications Portfolio Award at Graduate Fashion Week.

“When I was announced as the winner I was completely lost for words and I still don’t think it’s sunk in. To make the final shortlist out of a strong list of contenders was fantastic but then to win was absolutely amazing.”

Lucy Neville – winner of the Fashion Communications Portfolio Award at Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week is one of the biggest events in the industry’s calendar and showcases the very best of student work from around the globe, giving a platform to the next generation of fashion designers and promoters. It features work from more than 800 students from 42 universities – including international universities from China, Russia, Milan, Paris, The Netherlands and the Far East.   

Disney Pixar, Planet Systems and Poo go Under the Microscope at Lancashire Science Festival

Popular festival set to welcome thousands of visitors

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will be hosting its annual Lancashire Science Festival on campus from June 27 to June 29.

Event organisers expect that over the three days some 20,000 people will experience the fun and real-world applications of science, technology, engineering and maths, with the aim of enthusing and inspiring the next generation.

The free-to-attend event will welcome approximately 7,000 schoolchildren from across the region on the Thursday and the Friday, with the event culminating on Saturday 29 June with its popular family day.

Saturday’s public programme will have over 30 separate shows, workshops and drop-in sessions. They include finding out how Disney Pixar uses maths to make its films, exploring how exotic animals have inspired scientists and engineers to create new materials and technology, to experiencing space exploration in the Science Dome Planetarium.

Professor Robert Walsh

For the medically minded there’s interactive workshops on being a paramedic for the day, trying out keyhole surgery or learning what happens to food in the gut and bowel in a session called from plate to poo.

“Each year the festival just gets better and better and we really get a buzz from seeing children and their parents experiencing the wonders of science.

It’s a great way of getting young people engaged and firing up their imagination – what gives us great satisfaction is seeing youngsters leave with huge smiles on their faces and of course open minds.”

Dr Liz Granger, Lancashire Science Festival Director

More information about the festival can be found at www.lancashiresciencefestival.co.uk

Student’s Conservation Project Creates a Buzz in Avenham Park

Work aims to raise awareness of bumblebee plight

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has used her final year project as an opportunity to raise awareness of the plight of the bumblebee.

As part of her degree in interior design, 23-year-old Mariya Ipli, from Zambia, Africa, was inspired to create a new design for the Belvedere building in Preston’s Avenham Park, transforming it into a place where humans could interact with bees.

It’s estimated that one third of the UK’s bee population has disappeared over the past 10 years.  

When the UK experienced the warmest day in February on record this year, it got Mariya thinking about the impact global warming is having on wildlife.

She set about drawing up designs for the existing structure, including several bee hives and ‘human hives,’ a craft centre where people could learn about honey extraction and create honey-and wax based products and an observation deck.

Every aspect of the project, including the use of reclaimed wood as materials, was designed to be eco-friendly, with an emphasis on architecture that blends seamlessly with nature.

Having completed a two year diploma in Interior Design in South Africa, Mariya decided to embark upon studies in the UK to gain further experience. During the process, out of all the universities Mariya applied for she found UCLan to be the most positive and friendly.

“I have always believed that as humans we should give something back to the environment because we tend to keep taking. What better way to do it than through design – a lot of people don’t realise what a great impact it can have on the world.  The environment has always been very important to me and it’s something we need to really be aware of before it’s too late.

Studying at UCLan has been one of my most favourite ever experiences, I’m so pleased I chose to study here. My tutors have been really supportive and the opportunities I’ve been given have been fantastic.

I’d also like to thank a friend of mine from Zambia who has been an inspiration and supported me throughout my journey, always pushing me to achieve the best.”

Mariya Ipli, UCLan Student

After graduation, Mariya plans to return to Africa or South Africa and use her experience and developed skills to begin work as a freelance interior designer.

“There is lots happening in those countries in terms of construction and new developments, which means there will be many opportunities for me to put what I’ve learnt at UCLan to use.”

Mariya Ipli

Mariya’s project will be on display at UCLan’s Preston campus from 14-23 June as part of the University’s Degree Shows, a showcase of the work of more than 450 final year undergraduate students across a variery of disciplines within the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries.

The Degree Shows are open daily with work on display in five buildings. More information is available on the UCLan Degree Shows website – http://www.uclan.ac.uk/degreeshows and people can also keep up with events by following #UCLanDegreeShows on Twitter.  For more information, email uclandegreeshows@uclan.ac.uk

Fashion Industry Award for Talented Portishead Student

Fashion promotion student Lucy recognised at Graduate Fashion Week

A creative Portishead student has wowed fashion industry experts after winning a national award at the prestigious annual Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Lucy Neville, a 25-year-old final year fashion promotion student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston, beat off hundreds of entries from across the country to win the Fashion Communications Portfolio Award.

Graduate Fashion Week is one of the biggest events in the industry’s calendar and showcases the very best of student work from around the globe, giving a platform to the next generation of fashion designers and promoters. Lucy won for her final year body of work in which she developed concept marketing campaigns for brands such as Apple, Bumble, Black Mirror, ID Magazine and Urban Outfitters.

Judges were looking for a “well-executed, stylish, and professionally presented fashion portfolio that demonstrates individual creative identity, whilst communicating thinking process and development from the concept to final ideas.”

“When I was announced as the winner I was completely lost for words and I still don’t think it’s sunk in. To make the final shortlist out of a strong list of contenders was fantastic but then to win was absolutely amazing.”

Lucy Neville, a former Gordano School and Sixth Form pupil

The talented student also made the final five candidates for the Graduate Fashion Week Fashion Marketing Award for her She Mighty Festival project; a would-be three-day festival in London for single, millennial women.

Lucy wanted to empower women through her festival, which would include workshops, therapy sessions, fashion shows and speakers. She developed a whole campaign around the event and had to consider everything from branding and graphic design to a social media strategy and venue details.

“It really was about the full picture and I had to think about how I would promote this festival from every angle. I came up with the idea after researching upcoming social trends and there is a real focus at the moment on strong, independent women following the #MeToo revolution.”

Lucy Neville

Lucy, who worked at Waitrose in Portishead before heading to university in 2015, was inspired to pursue a career in marketing after a chance meeting with a backpacker whilst in Australia and say she’s never looked back since.

“I got chatting to a girl who worked in marketing for the Very fashion brand and had previously studied fashion promotion at UCLan. I didn’t even know degrees like this existed so as soon as I get home I enrolled and headed to Lancashire. I wish I could find that really helpful backpacker now and thank her for sending me on this fantastic journey.”

Lucy Neville

Lucy has now had interest from a creative agency in London on the back of her Graduate Fashion Week Award and is hoping this will lead to an exciting employment opportunity. She will graduate from UCLan in July.

Words by Lyndsey Boardman

Free Exhibition of Creative Work Opens at UCLan

UCLan Degree Shows open to public

An annual showcase of imaginative and eye-catching student designs has opened at a free public exhibition at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The UCLan Degree Shows display the work of more than 450 final year undergraduate students across a variety of disciplines within the Faculty of Culture and the Creative Industries.

Fashion Promotion student Lucy Neville showcases her work

The shows, which feature work from architecture, design and media, fashion and textiles, fine art and photography, are open daily from Friday 14 June – Sunday 23 June 10.00am – 5.00pm but will be closed on Sunday 16 June and Saturday 22 June.

The event is free for all and includes award-winning projects, fashion collections fresh from Graduate Fashion Week in London and work that is also available to purchase.

“Every year we host the Degree Shows the students deliver projects that are professional, thought-provoking and capture the imagination. This year is no exception. We are all incredibly proud of what the students have achieved and would encourage as many visitors as possible to come along and have a look around.”

Jane Anthony, Executive Dean of the Faculty

The Degree Shows are open daily with work on display in five buildings. More information is available on the UCLan Degree Shows website and people can also keep up with events by following #UCLanDegreeShows on Twitter.  For more information, email uclandegreeshows@uclan.ac.uk

Architecture student John Lewis

COAST Artist Prize “More Than Land 2019: Sustainability in Asia Pacific Islands” is now open and calling for entries!

Biennial Art Competition & Exhibition opens it’s call for entries.

The Asia Pacific Region is home to many colourful cultures and vibrant traditions that easily date back generations. While the recognition and acceptance of these communities has increased over recent years, the reality of the individuals living are still facing issues that have arisen through a long history of trade, discrimination, and environmental change.

Environmental Sustainability has become an increasingly urgent matter in these communities, and one that is not being addressed. From the concerns of Kiribati to the disappearance of East Island, Hawaii, and to the stories such as ‘Mama’s Bones’ and ‘There once was an Island’ which explore the hardships faced by pacific Islanders as environmental changes caused largely by the outside world, threaten to destroy their communities and way of life.

With a theme of Sustainability this year, the Centre of Austronesian Studies (COAST) invites student artists across the UK to enter the 2019 “More than land” Fine Art Competition. The aim of the competition is to begin the progression of insight and understanding of the Asia Pacific Islands resulting in artworks informed by issues of sustainability in Asia Pacific Indigenous Communities.

Current issues revolving around Sustainability, climate change, and the environmental impact on Asia Pacific Island Communities should inform artworks. Your research and understanding of these subjects should be covered briefly in your Artist Statement.

Our Judging panel will choose 10 winning works to be displayed in exhibition “More than Land: Sustainability in Asia Pacific Islands.” Out of the 10, one young artist will additionally be awarded £500.

The exhibition will accept a range of multimedia pieces from video, sculpture, painting, drawing and Performance from all age ranges.

For more information please contact Rowann Fitzpatrick at rfitzpatrick2@uclan.ac.uk  or +44 (0)1772 894511.

UK-Wide Call for Entries: 10/06/2019
Deadline Call for Entries: 30/08/2019
Judging Period Ends: 27/09/2019
Results of Art Competition Announced 30/09/2019
Exhibition Open Date: Late 2019 (to be announced)

To enter please email evidence of your piece with a short art statement (500 words max) to rfitzpatrick2@ucla.ac.uk with “More than Land 2019 entry” in the subject line along with your name, age, place of education, and contact details.

Evidence can be provided in the form of up to 5 photographs/scans of the Art Piece or a video of up to 5 minutes in length.* Evidence should be clear and depict the full structure of the art work. If you have specific display instructions for your piece, please include these alongside your art statement.

If you have any issues or enquiries about submission of works please email rfitzpatrick2@uclan.ac.uk  or phone  our Institute Administrator on +44 (0)1772 894511.

*exceptions to video length can be made in the event that the work is video or preformative in nature and require longer time to fully highlight your art piece.
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PhotoUclan Third Year Students Host their Final Year Exhibition, ‘Impressions’

‘You are all invited to the 3rd Years Photography exhibition ‘Impressions’

Impressions exhibition by the Photouclan 3rd year students at Victoria building, University of central Lancashire on the 13th June.

From everyday observation to high-end fashion concept, this years photography degree show presents an eclectic mix of contemporary photographic work. The exhibition captures a snapshot of work, both innovative and artistic in approach from a unique and immensely talented group of visual practitioners.

They want the opportunity to show friends, family, fellow students and members of the public the photography and fine arts skills that they have been perfecting for the last three years. So why not come on down 5:30pm until 9:00pm 13th June for opening night. This exhibition will be open afterwards everyday until the 20th from 10:30am to 5:00pm.

Instagram: @photodegreeshow2019