Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Those of you who follow the blog Twitter feed on @CALincolnUni will already know of the exciting news from Thursday night: level 3 Creative Advertising team Anna Gladwin & Becky Fuller won their category at the D&AD Awards ceremony held at the prestigious Honorable Artillery Company, London.

Becky & Anna won the 'Integrated Communication' category and the brief was set by McDonald's: 'create an integrated campaign that celebrates the inherent democracy of the McDonald’s brand.' You can see all the nominated work and the final winners here.

The 2011 D&AD Awards at the Artillery Gardens at The HAC, London (Photo: D&AD)

The highly coveted D&AD Awards (Photo: D&AD)


The presentation begins (Photo: D&AD)

Anna & Becky being presented with their award by Sanky, D&AD President and Tim O'Kennedy, D&AD Chief Executive (Photo: D&AD)


This year, for the first time, the Student Awards ceremony was combined with the Professional Awards which not only made for a HUGE event but also excellent provided opportunities for Anna & Becky (and Gyles) to network with clients and top agency creative directors.

The D&AD Student Awards are the largest, the most competitive and most respected international student competition in design and advertising and, impressively, it wasn't only the Creative Advertising programme from the University of Lincoln that won on the night: Tarryn Biswas from the Contemporary Lens Media programme (Photography category) and Graphic Design's Christie Burland-Upton (Digital Design category) were also presented with highly coveted 'mini-pencil' awards.

Many congratulations to all the University of Lincoln students on their fantastic success. The School of Art & Design has become a force to be reckoned with in the best student competitions.

And long may it continue.


Anna & Becky with their awards

Wednesday, 15 June 2011


Congratulations to Level 2 students Artur Faria, Sophie Townsend, Kelly Bugg and Claire Stokes for winning at this year's Young Creative Network awards.

The YCN competition is a nationwide event which attracts hundreds of entries and standards are high, so winning against such stiff competition is a great testament to the students' work.

Artur & Sophie's P&O entry.

Kelly & Claire's Open University entry.

Artur & Sophie won in the P&O category and Kelly & Claire won in The Open University category.

It's great news that Level 2 students continue to win national competitions and this bodes well for their future in advertising.

Very well done.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011


The annual wonder of the Creative Advertising final show descended once again on Thomas Parker House on Friday 3rd June providing a fitting culmination to three years hard work for the graduating students.

The Level 3 University of Lincoln Creative Advertising students have been working through the night to produce an exciting portfolio for assessment but also for their first steps into Adland.

All of this concentrated effort has created a very professional and extremely well received show.


At 4pm, students and parents gathered in the new Business and Law lecture theatre, a fine venue to screen this years Self Promo films. Lecturer Justin Tagg and course leader Gyles Lingwood offered a rousing introduction before the crowd sat back for 45 minutes of laughter, thrills and smart, creative thinking.

After a break so students could spend time with their families the everyone reconvened at Thomas Parker House where the Private View continued at 6pm. A typically hot evening kept the bar busy as everyone took the time to admire the care and attention that had gone into creating this year's impressive show.

Dean of the Art, Architecture and Design Faculty Professor Norman Cherry officially opened the Private View at 7.30pm with some well chosen words followed by thanks and congratulations from course leader Gyles Lingwood and senior lecturer Mike Belton. Stuart Minto and Debra Winning were also on hand to give thanks for the work that the students did for the North Lincolnshire Safer Neighbourhoods campaign.


As a staff team we are very proud of the work on show from the students and would like to offer our sincere congratulations on the results of three years hard work. We are very excited to see the impact each of them are sure to have on the world over the coming years.


If you, too, would like to marvel and wonder at the students' show then it is open to the public until Friday 17th June from 10am - 4pm.

Watch this space: a reflection on the show, the work and a selection of Self Promo films is coming up in the next week for all of those who were unable to see the work in person.

Until then a final congratulations, as senior lecturer Mike Belton put it, not to 'students, but to 'fellow advertising professionals'.

Well done!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

It's going to be a blockbuster summer for our students.

The First Year move into the second year, the Third Year move on into the industry and our Second Years start making big decisions about who they want to work with when their own Third Year begins.

As you know from an earlier post, we take time to help them figure out the hardest part of this process, understanding what they need in a partner.

Here are a few photos from the second 'Speed Dating' event of the year, back in March, designed to help them make more informed decisions about partners by shifting their focus from the other person to themselves, their needs, aspirations and expectations.


Now that we are reflecting on another fine Third Year, it is impossible to ignore that we have another one coming right up.

No pressure chaps.

Friday, 10 June 2011



Back in May 1981 the CA team conducted a photoshoot with a group of people who look remarkably like the current graduating Third Year.

And, since we didn't take any pictures this year, we decided to pass the old photos off as the current students during the final show.

A shot of the 1981 CA team in action.

Let's hope nobody notices...

Featuring 'God Put a Smile Upon Your Face' - Mark Ronson

Thursday, 9 June 2011


As you may remember from an earlier post, this year's live client project was with North Lincolnshire Safer Neighbourhoods to raise awareness of their support services for victims of domestic abuse.

Safer Neighbourhoods is a partnership between the emergency services; Councils; and public, private and voluntary sector agencies. These organisations work together to reduce crime, social disorder and substance misuse. The project provided an excellent opportunity to develop a working relationship between the Public Sector and the University.

This began as a Level 3 student competition kicking off with Stuart Minto and Debra Winning from Safer Neighbourhoods coming into the studios to brief everyone.

Three weeks later they visited again to judge the shortlisted client presentations and selected the winning campaign of Claire Rivett and James Rose.

James and Claire admire their first billboard.

The second billboard in a campaign of three.

Claire and James produced the campaign that went live on the 16th of May 2011, comprising radio ads, billboards, posters, leaflets, beermats in local pubs and computer desktop images for sector staff.

Beermat front and back

This very ambitious and successful project has given the students valuable industry experience of client meetings and presentations; media and budget planning; art directing photoshoots with freelance photographer 'Spadge' (Sarah Whittaker, one of the course's past graduates); working in a professional sound studio and producing final artwork to tight print deadlines.

Claire and James stand in front of their work in Scunthorpe.

Well done to Claire and James and thanks to North Lincolnshire Safer Neighbourhoods for the opportunity to work on such a socially and ethically responsible project.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

University of Lincoln Creative Advertising graduates Pete Ioulianou & Ollie Agius graduated last year and now work at Archibald Ingall Stretton. You may remember we featured them on this blog back in December.

They have recently been featured in Concept Cupboard's Creative Corner giving advice to students...

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