A year in DMM


Date: 28th Sep 2016

Looking back, it has been a fascinating and enjoyable year in the Faculty of Design, Media & Management.

In the School of Arts & Creative Industries, we held another successful 'ticketed' Art and Design Show, which included a catwalk show by BA (Hons) Fashion Design students and eye-catching branding designed and delivered by Graphic Arts student Vinnie Sauvan.

Art and design students from our School of Arts & Creative Industries have also enjoyed award-winning success at prestigious exhibitions including New Designers.

A total of eight of our BA (Hons) Creative Advertising students were winners at the Young Creative Network (YCN) Awards 2016. Joe Shields and Max Parker-Smith were winners in the Feel Good Drinks category; Holly Padden and Miriam Patience in the Independence Day: Resurgence category; Marc Reed and Ellis Dagnall, and Charlie Pendarves and Chloe Stephenson, in the Walkers category.

BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design students have enjoyed a stellar year, including success at the Bradford Textile Society Design Competition, which attracts almost 1,000 entries from across the UK. Second-year student Abbie Loveridge won a first prize, fellow student Zeba Safdar gained a second prize, and Emma Kendall won a third prize. Georgia Cleeves and Francine Horsfield were also commended.

A Brazilian jewellery designer, a renowned knitwear figure, and the editor of an influential magazine for interior textile and fashion professionals were among speakers at the Textiles Symposium 2015. The Symposium featured guest talks from a range of key figures to help students gain an insight into the industry and an idea of the careers they could pursue.

BA (Hons) Graphic Arts graduands Will Dover and James Washington were also commended in the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Awards. Will and James were shortlisted for, respectively, their proposals for an App to assist farmers and their estates and a union to support workers in the emerging 'sharing economy'.

We have seen success for BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) graduate Modupe Salu, who won two prestigious awards at the National Student Drama Festival, with The Times and The Sunday Times. Modupe won the Buzz Goodbody Student Director Award and Spotlight Most Promising Actress Award at the week-long annual event.

In the School of Management and Professional Studies there were also many successes and achievements that gave cause for celebration.

Bucks Business School continues to enjoy its international reach with new partnerships due to start in Singapore and the Middle East as well as closer to home in the City, with the launch of the International MBA and the MSc Global Banking from September 2016.

Following the opening of the 'Launch Pad' boardroom and office space we are focused on developing students' and graduates' entrepreneurial ambitions and Bucks Business School has a Dragon's Den-style funding scheme supported by the hugely successful entrepreneur, and long-time University supporter and alumnus, Mike Clare and his charitable organisation The Clare Foundation.

The Department of Travel and Aviation is the first be awarded a Gold Accreditation from People 1st with the Aviation Industry Skills Board, which has also named the University a centre of excellence for pilot training. We also now have in place the Elite S812 flight simulator, offering students a state-of-the-art experience on the BSc (Hons) Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training.

Graduate Roger Payne was named Student of the Year at the Continuity Insurance & Risk Business Continuity Awards. Roger studied an MSc in Business Continuity, Security and Emergency Management, and was recognised for the high quality of his dissertation - an investigation into the human factors that impact how effectively Incident Management teams respond during crisis periods.

Bucks has received the Silver Award under the government's Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for support to the Armed Services. Wayne Palmer, Senior Lecturer in Military and Computing, accepted the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth. Personnel from the RAF and Royal Navy study BA (Hons) Organisational Capability Development.

LLB (Hons) Law has seen success, with Tazaiyan Baig receiving an Outstanding Achievement in Law award, and the course among the top performing areas in this year's National Student Survey (NSS).

In Policing, the Chair of the National Police Chiefs' Council for England and Wales, Chief Constable Sara Thornton CBE, QPM, was presented with an award in recognition of her continued support to the University. Ms Thornton is a visiting Fellow at the Institute of Professional Policing at Bucks and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2010.

In Research, we continue to promote High Wycombe's tradition in furniture by participating in a £300,000 EU research project with partners in the UK, Germany, Spain and Poland focused on developing an International Masters in Furniture based upon innovation and exchange of good practices found in industry and university. This project will be led by the Faculty's Head of Research and Professor of Furniture, Jake Kaner.

Richard Mather, Research Reader in Computing & IT, is part of a two-year project funded by the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) developing Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technologies and methods to monitor changes in ecosystems. The project includes creating software to detect and map changes in ecologically sensitive vegetation communities and communicate these changes to companies and business leaders.

Increasingly, we are drawing on the university's cross-disciplinary expertise to participate in international projects, such as the one led by researchers at the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) aimed at developing a low-cost method of disinfecting drinking water using sunlight. The WATERSPOUTT project aims to reduce the number of people worldwide who rely on unsafe drinking water, using technology based on solar water disinfection or SODIS to kill harmful microbes in water. Dr Lyndon Buck, Principal Lecturer - Product Design, Professor Susan Procter, Director - Research in the Faculty of Society & Health, and Researcher/Lecturer Dr George Clerk are leading on the project at Bucks.

Students have continued to enjoy opportunities working on live industry-sponsored projects such as the ones with professional football clubs. Film and Television Production; Audio and Music Production; and Animation and Visual Effects students have worked on The Hornets Show with Watford Football Club and Wycombe Wanderers Football Club has launched its own channel on the social media platform Snapchat as a result of a digital marketing plan put together for the club by BA (Hons) Sport Business Management students.

In BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management, students, staff and the public also enjoyed a treat at Bucks Live presents…Jungle Bucks, the latest event organised by second-year BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management students for the High Wycombe community. The family fun day at the High Wycombe campus included live music, food stalls, rides and inflatables.

So, in summary, there is much that gives us cause to celebrate and be proud of the achievements and successes of our students, alumni and staff. We would also like to thank our academic and industry partners both at home and overseas for your continued support.

Picture captions: (clockwise from top)

Dr Lorraine Watkins-Mathys, Dean, Faculty of Design, Media & Management;

BA (Hons) Music and Live Events Management behind Bucks Live; BA (Hons) Performing Arts (Film, TV and Stage) graduate Modupe Salu, who won two prestigious awards at the National Student Drama Festival;

Researchers gather for the WATERSPOUTT project;

Wycombe Wanderers Football Club has launched its own channel on the social media platform Snapchat as a result of a digital marketing plan put together for the club by BA (Hons) Sport Business Management students.


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