See who won the 2022 Degree Show Awards


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Each year we organise a Degree Show Awards event in association with Creative Lancashire who support the growth of creative enterprise in Lancashire through a programme of networking events, sector specific guidance and information on raising funding.

Each staff course team is tasked to choose just one student from their course to nominate. This year we received 16 nominations for the five award categories – craft, enterprise, insight, society and sustainability and technology innovation.

Each award is sponsored by a member of the creative industries, who form part of the judging panel and offer an opportunity to each winner that can help them to launch their careers.

Just being nominated for an award is an achievement, so we congratulate all the nominated students and give warm thanks to all this year’s sponsors.

For the best example from the shortlist of a viable commercial solution or application.

Winning student, Erin has been offered a paid project to create a promotional animation for Frontier IP linked portfolio companies

Regarding commended students, Claire has been offered an introduction to the Senior Project Manager at Frontier IP.

Eliza has been offered an opportunity to enrich Frontier IPs newsletter

Frontier IP Group Award

Sponsored by: Frontier IP Group plc

For the best example from the shortlist of a viable commercial solution or application.

Winning student, Emily has been invited to join the Creative Step Intensive program, she has also been offered a small commission opportunity with Creative Lancashiree

The commended students have each been offered a 1-2-1 session with Creative Lancashire or a respected industry peer, to provide portfolio and career next steps advice.

Creative Lancashire Award

Sponsored by: Creative Lancashire

For the best example from the shortlist of ingenuity of research and creative insight which has informed the students finished solution.

Winning student, Libby has been offered mentoring from the Head of Marketing of Preen.

Regarding the commended students, James has been offered connections to Preen marketing clients and contacts.

Lee has been offered a conversation with Preen’s Creative Director about pitching techniques.

Preen Award

Sponsored by: Preen

For the best example from the shortlist of a solution or demonstration of awareness of ethical, and inclusive, societal or environmental issue.

Winning student, Maariyah has been awarded mentoring sessions to support her development as a textile artist and to possibly work towards a residency/commission within a future British Textile Biennial. She is also given introductions to industry curators and artists with aligned practices

Regarding the commended students, Finley and Mohammed have been offered an invitation to participate in events as part of the Imagining the Super Slow Way Linear Park project. They will also be connected with the industry professionals creating Landscape Design strategies and built environment interventions with local communities.

Kierra has been offered a portfolio criteria session with Alex Zawadzki from The Second Act Gallery, a young contemporary gallery with roots in the North of England, born out of a frustration in the lack of opportunities for Northern and working class artists, and for artists living outside major cities.

Chantelle has been offered an introduction to the team at Heart of Glass in St Helens, who commission projects to use the whole town an art gallery, utilising empty and derelict buildings / spaces and working with communities to re-imagine their town.

The Super Slow Way Award

Sponsored by: The Super Slow Way

For the best example from the shortlist of an innovative application of an emerging technology.


Winning student, James has been offered one day of shadowing with the Skiddle Developer team, or a one hour mentoring sessions for three months within their Marketing department.

Commended student, Anthony (TJ) has been offered a one hour call with the Digital Content Manager at Skiddle to discuss his career.

Skiddle Award

Sponsored by: Skiddle