Student has designs on national campaign

"We had a record response to this year's competition with some fantastic entries, but Tom's design won over the judges because his theme was striking and was easily relatable to students."

Usman Ali, NUS Vice President for Higher Education.

A poster designed by a Staffordshire University student which encourages students to have their say has been selected to front a new national campaign.

Thomas Holmes, who will start his third-year in BSc Film Production Technology student at Staffordshire University in September, has won the National Student Survey 2012 Design Competition and his design is now fronting its promotion nationwide.

Tom, aged 20, said: “As a student studying film production technology at Staffordshire University, I have become increasingly eager to branch out into graphic design and motion graphics.

“Having always been quite private with my art and design work, the prospect of having it shown in institutions across the country, although a little unnerving, was extremely new and exciting for me.”

The National Student Survey provides students in the final year of their undergraduate degree to voice their experience of University life.

Over 250,000 students complete the survey every year to help change the experiences of millions of students across the UK.

Fellow Staffordshire University student, Emily Bratby, was one of four runners’ up together with Samantha Louise Dale, a first-year foundation degree student in Graphic and Digital Design which is delivered in partnership with Newcastle-under-Lyme College. 

Tom worked with market research company Ipsos MORI to adapt the design to other platforms including video and web design.

“I am very grateful for the amount of input Ipsos MORI allowed me to have when it came to the adapting the design into other mediums such as web banners, coasters and a promotional video.

“This year has all been part of a plan to build up a portfolio of work and while I have a keen interest in graphic design, ultimately a career in film production is my aim.”

As part of the prize, Tom gets to spend a week on placement with the leading London design firm Hat Trick which he plans to take soon.

NUS Vice-President for Higher Education, Usman Ali, said: "We had a record response to this year's competition with some fantastic entries, but Tom's design won over the judges because his theme was striking and was easily relatable to students."

Visit the National Student Survey website to have your say.

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