See who won the 2021 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.

See the awards being presented to the winners in the YouTube video below:

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


Winning student, Bee has been offered a paid project to create a promotional animation for the green technology company Pulsiv.

Commended student, Dominik has been offered a branding project for two early stage B2B software companies.

Frontier IP Group

Sponsored by: Frontier IP Group plc

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

Winning student, Dominik has been invited to join the Creative Step program, he has also been offered a Spotlight feature on Creative Lancashire’s digital platforms, given introductions to respected and relevant industry peers and will be considered for a small creative paid commission.

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

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, Bee has been offered mentoring from the Managing Director and has been immediately added to the Preen freelancer database with two sustainability projects in mind.

Regarding the commended students, Max has been offered mentoring and an introduction to Prince William in connection with an entry into The Earthshot Prize, for which Preen is the official production partner. Hannah has been offered an introduction to Kirstie Allsopp to put her forward for The Handmade Festival and will be offered additional support from the Managing Director of Preen to enable this to come to fruition. Joe has been offered a 1-2-1 with the Managing Director to have a conversation about career next steps.


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, Lansona has been shortlisted straight to the interview stage for a short-term part-time social media role for the British Textile Biennial.

Regarding the commended students, Bianca has been offered support to run a B2B workshop for the British Textile Biennial. Bianca and Hannah will be introduced to the people who run the National Festival of Making. Katherine has been offered a two-day residency on the narrowboat RV Furor Scribendi, which is The Super Slow Way’s floating short story library for their Small Bells Ring project and will also be introduced to Rebecca Chesney who has their Linear Park Residency. Ellie will be introduced to Public Works who will be presenting work as part of the Abandon Normal Devices Festival. Ivor will be introduced to the people who run in-situ, an interdisciplinary organisation who work between arts practice, community, social action, and ecology.

The Super Slow Way

Sponsored by: The Super Slow Way

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


Winning student, Erin has been offered two paid projects, one involving former BBC Radio 1 DJ, Dev Griffin and the other involving training Barnardo’s staff on how best to care for curly hair.

Commended student, Max has been offered an introduction to the European Space Agency.

For Your Curls (FYC)

Sponsored by: For Your Curls (FYC)