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24 February 2014

Surface Pattern student triumphs in Portmeirion Design Competition

Staffordshire University undergraduate, Jemma Moore, has been unveiled as the winner of leading homewares company, Portmeirion’s, tableware design competition, Fired Up.

22-year-old Jemma, a third year BA(Hons) Surface Pattern Design undergraduate, has beaten off stiff competition from over 380 entries from across the UK to secure a three-month paid internship with Portmeirion Group in Stoke-on-Trent, £1,000 in cash, plus the potential opportunity to see her winning tableware design manufactured and sold in leading high street retailers.

Jemma, who is from Leicester, impressed judges including Giles Kime, deputy editor of Homes & Garden magazine, Marie Perkins (a.k.a. bowie style), creator of blog Print and Pattern, Jo Toso-Ameilh, senior designer at Portmeirion Group, Wendy Motlaq, corporate vice president at Portmeirion Group USA and Phil Atherton, group sales and marketing director at Portmeirion Group, with her Stoke-on-Trent inspired, hot air balloon design.

On being announced the winner of the competition, Jemma said: “I’m over the moon. I never thought that I would actually win. It will be invaluable working alongside the design team and gaining actual industry experience; I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve also been able to buy myself a Mac with my cash prize which will help me with my final year studies.”

Group sales and marketing director, Phil Atherton, said: “The quality of entries was astounding. From the first stage, Jemma’s unique hot air balloon tableware design inspired by the Stoke-on-Trent landscape captured our attention.

“All the finalist entries demonstrated real talent and design flair and it was difficult picking an overall winner. Jemma’s design demonstrated excellent research, inspiration and commercial awareness and we’re looking forward to welcoming her to the team when she joins us for her three-month placement.



24 February 2014

University graduates report from Sochi Winter Olympics

Three Staffordshire University graduates are setting the gold standard at the Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi.

All three hold honours degrees in Sports Journalism from the University and covered the 2012 London Olympics.

James Fielden, who left Staffs four years ago, is a freelance football commentator and will be covering ski-jumping and curling for the Olympic News Service.  James has also worked for Sky, ITV and TalkSport.

Beth Moorley, a former vice-president of Staffordshire University’s Students’ Union, is based at the sliding centre which hosts the bobsleigh and skeleton events. Beth is taking time out from her job with Scottish Hockey in Glasgow.

Joe Hewison has taken a change from his recent PR and press office duties at Coventry-based Advent PR and will be reporting fon ice hockey for the Olympic News Service.

03 February 2014

Shelton shopping get new member

WalknPaddle - open for trading. Whether you like walking or kayaking this retailer has gear to suit all budgets and interest levels.  Get details on this business and over 70 other local participating outlets.  Discounts for student , too - check out details from the home page icon.


28 January 2014

Shelton Shopping push services to students

Students on BTEC Business courses have supported the Uniq and Shelton Shopping by organising an evening of 'elevator pitches'.  7 businesses spoke for a few minutes about their products and services and offers and discounts for students.

Local press have covered the event.

16 January 2014

SA Magazine

A jolly good read! Articles which will interest many people - topical articles, news on University alumni and more.

Check it out in the digital versions here.