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Ruth Walmsley

Employee of the Year

By | Awards, Course News, English, Graphic Design, Media

Congratulations to former Wyke student, Ruth Walmsley, on winning her nomination for “Employee of the Year” at the recent Hull Daily Mail Business Awards.

Ruth came to Wyke from Wolfreton School and studied A levels in Media Studies, Graphic Design, and English Language & Literature.

Starting as an Apprentice Designer at Blab digital design agency back in 2019, Ruth made an outstanding amount of progress and worked hard to complete her apprenticeship six months early.

Jessica Clark, Creative Director at Blab, recognises Ruth’s fantastic contribution to the agency. “We are so impressed with her attitude to knuckle down, despite the challenges faced due to the pandemic and shifting to work and learn remotely. It was a no-brainer for us to keep her in the company after her studies finished and now she shines as one of our full-time Designers.

A true team player, Ruth shares her ideas, leads creative brainstorms and organises social events to get everyone together. She is a huge part of Blab and we couldn’t be prouder of her!”

Ruth modestly replied, “I’m super chuffed to have been shortlisted for Employee of the Year. I couldn’t have done it without Courtney and Jess believing in me every step of the way. Bring on the awards night with the best team!”

Well done Ruth, you’re a great example to students who want to progress into the workplace once they complete their Wyke studies.

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Christmas Spirit

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News for Parents, On Campus, Photography, Student Association

This year, Wyke doesn’t have one official Christmas card, it has five!

Each year, students are invited to submit their designs for the College’s Christmas card. As the response from the students was fantastic, and the quality high, it was impossible to select just one. From Banksy inspired traditional designs with a post-modern twist, to beautifully illustrated penguins performing amazing feats, everyone has their own favourite.

Congratulations to our winning students. Evie Spencer (Penguin with Christmas Tree) Maisie Hart (Bird), Ayah Moudares (Christmas Tree), Leia Tonkin (All I Want), and Isobel Smith (Penguin Bauble).

The brief asked the students to create a design that tackles the climate crisis but with a festive/seasonal theme. They were asked to consider how current climate change and environmental issues could be interpreted into the brief, whether it is through the visual imagery produced, a statement or the materials used.

The winning students will all receive prizes and their designs will be printed for sale from the Student Executive at £2.50 per pack of five, with proceeds donated to the Student Hardship Fund.

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Graphic Design Exhibition

By | Community, Course News, Graphic Design

In 2021, our annual art and design exhibition went online, bringing together examples of outstanding work from our A level Fine, Graphics and Photography students, as well as work from our post-16 foundation course.

Each student is represented by one piece of work, accompanied with a short supporting statement and details of their post-Wyke destination. Many of our second years have elected to continue their studies at Wyke by enrolling onto our Art & Design Foundation course, a full-time programme specifically designed to build a portfolio for the most competitive art schools. The results speak for themselves, with students like Lin Chen gaining a place at Central St Martins, often regarded as the best art school in the world, to study graphic communication.

When you get the opportunity to visit our campus, you’ll see that there are paintings, illustrations, photographs and designs, all around the College, demonstrating the quality of work produced.

To explore our online exhibition visit https://wyke.ac.uk/art-exhibition-2021/

Alicia Abbott designs County Lines Awareness music video

By | Fine Art, Graphic Design, News

Wyke student Alicia Abbot has been busy working on her final portfolio for her Fine Art and Graphics courses, but has found the time to work with Hull based design company INIT Creative to design and develop a music video to raise awareness of county lines drug running. Working in conjunction with Hull charity, BeatsBus, the video is designed to highlight the issues and dangers surrounding county lines drugs running and how to the spot the signs of a young person becoming involved.

Alicia was involved throughout the whole process, which has seen her create the characters in the style of Jamie Hewlett of Gorillaz fame. Adam Storch and Brendan Storch of INIT Creative said: “All of us here really believe that she is already among Hull’s most accomplished visual artists. We had known from talking to her previously that her real passion lies in character design; and this really shines through in this piece.

“When your work has already drawn compliments from Jamie Hewlett, you know you’re doing something right! Her ability to interpret briefs and creative such fantastic, professional-level work at such a young age in a credit to both her and the teaching and support offered to students at Wyke College.

“It is not an exaggeration to say that we could not have produced what we did without her.”

Here Alicia has kindly given us an insight into the project and her involvement throughout.

How did you get involved with the County Lines Awareness Project?

I’m very close to INIT Creative, who often notify me of any storyboard or art jobs that I can do for them. I received a message back in January asking if I was interested in working on a music video for BeatsBus. I try to take on any opportunity I can no matter how busy I am, which I don’t always recommend – but it works for me!

What was your inspiration?

For this project specifically, there wasn’t any other media I used to help inspire me, which I really should have done! Although the positive to this is that it makes it a lot more authentic, I used no artistic references, it is completely my style. But an art style doesn’t come from nowhere, and I’d say artists like Jamie Hewlett and Katsuhiro Otomo have inspired my art significantly.

What do you hope the campaign will achieve?

As shown by the County Lines music video, we are made aware that social media is very significant to the reason why young people  find themselves delving into dark paths. I hope that the campaign will not only encourage safety, but also spread awareness about the internet is becoming and easy way for criminals to target troubled youth.

What are your plans after Wyke?

After a year in the Wyke Foundation Course for Art & Design, I will be looking into finding a Comic and Concept Art course at university, because I believe that it’s a course that I can truly flourish in. I want to continue collaborating in projects like this, alongside discography design, game art and any other sort of art involved with media. I’m undecided about what job I want to focus my art on, so I’m hoping that I can work in a varied artistic field.

 

Click here to see the County Lines Awareness video.

Watch Alicia and INIT Creative’s interview here.

To see more of Alicia’s work, watch out for our upcoming Virtual Art Exhibition 2021.

#MakeItHappen

An Entrepreneurial Spirit: Benjamin Underwood

By | Course News, Film Studies, Graphic Design, Media

As part of National Careers Week 2021, we have been lucky enough to catch up with some of the wonderful members of our Alumni Community.

Benjamin Underwood, former student and Owner of the amazing animated video production company Squideo was one of these. Benjamin studied A Levels in Media, Film, Graphic Design and English Language and progressed onto study Broadcast Media at Leeds Met University.

Inspired by his passion for video production, creativity and year in Japan, Squideo was brought to life 6 years ago. The company has since achieved outstanding success growing from a one-man band to a highly professional team of ten who work alongside clients all around the world including the FA, Unilever and Barclays – impressive!

Benjamin gives us a great insight into his journey, along with providing some valuable advice for students aspiring to a similar career.

What is your current position?

Owner of Squideo – Animated video company

What did you enjoy the most about your subjects?

Learning a range of skills that could be of real benefit graphics, editing, filming etc. Having the opportunity to see which one I liked best and finding out which I was strongest in.

Did you take part in any enrichment activities at Wyke?

Media trip to New York which was EPIC! Made me realise I wanted to do and be something big. What is your favourite memory from your time at College? Shooting and editing this music video: Media Studies Video. What a masterpiece.

Please give a little bit of detail about what you progressed onto do after College

University course in Broadcast Media at Leeds Met based at Hull College. I had a year in Japan and came back to set up my own animation business 6 years ago. Grown from just myself to a team of 10 working with clients from around the world including the FA, Unilever and Barclays.

Tell us a little bit about your current role.

I work mainly on developing the business now and managing the team. I do occasionally dip back into production when we get super busy as it’s something I really enjoy. What do you find the most enjoyable about this position? I love creating concepts and ideas as well as learning new creative skills as much as I can. I also enjoy creating opportunities for other people which is something I’ve been able to do through the business.

Has there been a particular highlight for you so far?

Not being told what to do is the biggest highlight. It’s nice to go into the office with a great collaborative atmosphere with motivated people.

How did your sixth form studies help you in your current role?

Helped me through giving me access to the editing suite and equipment. Allowed me to focus my time on doing what i wanted to do with the support i needed around me. Do you have any hobbies or interests in your spare time? I enjoy learning Japanese, Boxing, Weight Lifting and creating other businesses. I always need something to do.

Do you have any advice for Wyke students aspiring to a similar career?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get your foot in the door where you can. If you want something bad enough it will happen. Never stop learning and do things for free. Your skills and portfolio are your biggest assets in this industry

Thanks Benjamin! We are excited to see where your business takes you over the coming years. #MakeItHappen

Graphic Designer Ella

By | Graphic Design

Wyke’s Graphic Design Department is well experienced in guiding students to success. Over the last 3 years, students who studied A Level Graphic Design have gone on to study the subject at degree level at institutions as diverse as Edinburgh, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Norwich, Bristol, Cambridge and London.

Ella Bristow was one of those students. Ella studied a full creative programme at Wyke choosing A Level Graphic Design, A Level Fine Art and A Level Media Studies.

Ella worked extremely hard throughout her time at Wyke and achieved fantastic grades in all of her subjects. Ella is now completing her third year in Graphic Design at Norwich University.

The design brief for Ella’s below work (left) was Science Fiction, were she used digital and handmade process to skilfully illustrate and narrate the characters from the animated film “Walle”

Her coursework final design work illustration and infographic (right) illustrate the damage and impact of plastics on wildlife and the environment.

Well done Ella! We can’t wait to see where your Graphic Design degree takes you in the future.

 

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Mandeep Wins Top 30 Award

By | Awards, Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Law, Photography
Congratulations to Mandeep Kaur on collecting her  Humber “Top 30 under 30” award. 

BusinessLive, part of the Hull Daily Mail online output,  have been celebrating the winners this spring. They wrote, “Mandeep always offers to go above and beyond to cater for everyone’s needs. After university, Mandeep started working for the Schools and Colleges Liaison Service, where she still resides today, firstly as an office assistant before rising through the ranks and becoming an officer responsible for student recruitment. Throughout her role, she has become an integral member of staff who continues to pursue opportunities to better herself and her costumer service.Mandeep is a true unsung hero of the university. All the time and effort she puts into her work is not just because it is her job, but also because it is her passion.”

We contacted Mandeep, asking her to reflect on how her time at Wyke impacted on her future direction.

She said, “I am delighted to be one of the Top 30 Under 30 winners for 2020. The award not only recognises the skills and achievements of young people within the Yorkshire and Humber region, it also inspires young people to learn about the range of opportunities and potential in this area.
 
I hope that young people can see the journey that I have been on to get to where I am and feel inspired to also achieve the best for themselves. A lot of my success stems from my time as a student at Wyke Sixth Form College (2007 – 2009).
 
Reflecting back on my time at Wyke, I was a very proactive student and got involved in many brilliant opportunities. I represented the college during Open Evenings as a Student Crew member. This was a role I took a lot of pride in as I welcomed prospective students and their families to Wyke. I also had the opportunity to raise funds, organise and participate in events for various organisations, such as the first ever Wyke Fashion Show. Through studying Law, I became a ‘witness’ in the Bar Mock Trial at Leeds Crown Court against other colleges and sixth forms in the region and I was also interviewed by John Prescott in my Art class as part of a BBC documentary.
 
I have so many wonderful memories of my time as a student at Wyke. I now realise how those two years had provided me with a strong foundation of skills and confidence to progress into Higher Education, working life and now achieving a Top 30 Under 30 award.”
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A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

By | Community, Fine Art, Graphic Design, News, Photography

The College are very proud that artwork produced by three Wyke students – Ethar, Akram and Waieel Dirar will be on display at the Artwaves Festival at the Bridlington Spa.

The theme of the Dirars artwork focuses on telling the story of the perilous journeys that refugees and asylum seekers are forced to endure to reach safety, something that the family have first-hand experience of, living in a refugee camp for four years before moving to the U.K.

In an interview on the ArtWaves Festival website, the Dirars said that “art helped us cope with our life in limbo, living in a tent in a refugee camp… We feel passionately for the refugees risking their lives everyday across the sea. We lost many friends to the sea as they tried to flee. Through our paintings, drawings and words, we share our story in the hope of raising awareness of their plight and this important issue.”

The ArtWaves Festival runs from 22nd-23rd June, with a full programme of events available on their website.

Introducing the Wyke Student Media Team!

By | Creative Media, Drama & Theatre, English, Film Studies, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Media, Music, News, Performing Arts, Photography, Physical Education, Sport, Uncategorised

What is the Student Media Team?

Fancy a career in the media or just want to get involved in some amazing projects? The Wyke Sixth Form College Voluntary Student Media Team is brand new this year and brings together different media platforms to help you gain experience for your future or simply follow an interest.

We are looking for students to take up the role of Journalists, Presenters, Camera Crew, Social Media Content Managers, Content Editors, Video Editors, Photographers and Graphic Designers to help cover news, events and activities from around the College including student successes, sports competitions, charity days and awards evenings. You may even have your own ideas for a project.

If you are interested in joining email marklucid@wyke.ac.uk stating which role you are interested in, along with a short personal statement introducing yourself and why you will be good for the role! Application deadline is Friday 30th November. 

 

Available Job Roles and Descriptions

Journalists

We are looking for student journalists to research, write and assemble together news stories from around the College in print and online. The aim of this job is to keep your audience abreast and interested of the events around the College.

Photographers

If you have a keen eye for detail then this job may be for you. We need a small team of photographers to use a variety of photographic equipment to capture moments of events, people, objects or scenes from around the College.

Graphic Designers

As a graphic designer you will design art/graphics for use in all media products such as magazines, advertisements and social/web posts.

Camera Crew

The camera crew will be responsible for operating all camera equipment both in College and out on location to creatively frame and capture action. Other responsibilities include; planning, preparing and rehearsing scenes, assembling and setting up equipment and adjusting sound and lighting.

Video Editor

As a film or video editor, you’ll be responsible for assembling recorded raw material into a finished product that’s suitable for broadcasting. The material may include camera footage, dialogue, sound effects, graphics and special effects.

Content Editors

We are looking for students with excellent grammar and communication skills and a keen interest in publishing to support all stages of the publication of; online material, publicity materials, news articles and more.

Presenters

We are recruiting confident student presenters to provide a voice or face to a range of shows and videos to feature live, on WykeTV and the internet. Key tasks include; writing and rehearsing scripts, presenting on news and activities from around the College and conducting interviews.

Social Media Content Managers

Social media content managers are needed to create informative and engaging content for the Wyke website and for Wyke’s social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The social media content manager will work closely alongside the Journalist to gather content and then adapt this for online purposes.

Employers

Excellent Employer Engagement

By | Accounting, Applied Science, Business, Course News, Graphic Design, Health & Social Care, IT & Computing, Law, Media, News, On Campus

Whilst over 70% of students progress onto university when they leave Wyke, an increasing number are looking at the opportunities offered through Higher Apprenticeships. Many nationally recognised companies run these schemes that are targeted at recruiting future employees with A levels and level three BTEC qualifications. The most sort after programmes guide students to a sponsored place at university and a professionally recognised qualification.

Wyke work in partnership with many employers across the region and understand the importance of making our students aware of the many different job roles and opportunities that are available.  We want to help our students to understand that there are some great companies to work for and we are continually developing ways to engage with them.

Employers face increasing demands to engage with education and there are many reasons why they want to get involved, the main one being to actually meet our students and realise that they may be talking to their future employee.

We are continually building solid and long lasting relationships with our local employers and work with over 100 on a regular basis with activities such as work experience, employers coming into the college to give industry talks and also talk about their own career path, our students are given the chance to visit employers to be able to observe and understand what goes on. Below are some of the examples of our students having a taste for what the world of work is really like.

G F Smith – Students were invited into G F Smith who are a paper product manufacturer and offer high end bespoke paper based products, the students were there for the full morning, to get a real feel for how each department works in their business and what they actually do on a day to day basis.  A member of each department was on hand to talk to the students and explain their role in detail.

M & W Construction – Students were invited to look around the construction site of the RB Centre for Scientific Excellence arranged by M & W Construction.  They spoke to lots of different people throughout the morning who gave them real life stories of the job roles they carried out such as architect, civil engineer etc.

The Centre will house a new industry-leading healthcare development facility and after visiting the centre, many of our students said they could see themselves in the future working in the laboratories.

IT @ Spectrum – is a huge supporter of helping our students understand the nature of their business and how they can become part of their organisation.  Tim Davison, Commercial Director, is very passionate about working with our students to inform them about their organisation and what they are looking for when they recruit their new employees.  They offer work experience, but also encourage students to come to their facility and have a look around and ask questions about what they do.  Students have attended a coffee morning with Tim for a general chat and at the end did say to students that this was their first interview!

BAe Systems – also supports our students, not only with work experience, some of Wyke ex-students that are now apprentices with BAe Systems come in and talk to our student about what their role on the site.  When student have completed work experience, they have to give a presentation to staff and parents about what they have been doing.

KPMG – also encourages ex-students to share stories about their journey with the organisation and the many different job roles available.

Students also attend sector specific events, such as the “hands on Health” day hosted by the Careers and Enterprise Company.  Students that have an interest in working within the health sector took part in interactive activities from various health departments. The activities ranged from pathology, nursing to nuclear medicine and pharmacy. The aim of the event was to inspire students and find out about the different careers, some which they may not have previously considered.

For further information please contact Vicky Riseham on Tel 346347 ext 522 or vicky.riseham@wyke.ac.uk