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Hosted in the grand surrounds of the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, last night’s YCN Student Awards ceremony was a roaring success. Over 300 people – comprised of students, tutors, brand sponsors and friends of YCN – attended the event to celebrate the cream of the crop from this year’s student awards. More than a hundred students took to the stage to collect their awards from generous presenters Kate MorossSaskia Pomeroy, Carol Sachs, Joe Cruz and Mr Bingo in an evening that rewarded some thoroughly deserving talent. 

Special congratulations go out to Becky Brice who was presented with the ‘Student of the Year’ award by Mr Bingo for her excellent work on the Cath Kidston brief, a bestowal that subsequently rendered her speechless. Huge thanks go out to the Marriott Hotel for hosting the evening, our sponsors who supported the awards by contributing a fantastic collection of live briefs, the tutors from universities and colleges from Bournemouth to Boston, and every student that put forward their work. Thanks also to Thomas Forsyth for producing the physical award and to Joyanne Horscroft and Julie Wilkinson of The Makerie Studio for their wonderful set designs. 

Have a look at a selection of images from the night below – courtesy of Liam Ricketts – and all Commended entries will be showcased in the pages of our forthcoming YCN Student Annual. The Call for Entries for the 2014/14 Programme will be launched in 2014.


The Student of the Year award

The inimitable Mr Bingo

The brightly jacketed master of ceremonies

Gleeful award winners

Award winners

Pudding chats

Student of the Year, Becky Brice


  • Posted on Sep 11th 2014

We're delighted to unveil all those Commended as part of the most recent YCN Student Awards. All Commended Entrants are listed, in no particular order, below. Remember, there is no hierarchy of winners in the YCN Student Awards. A Commendation means you've won, and we can't wait to meet you at this year's Autumn Awards Ceremony — full details of which will be emailed to those named here. A huge thanks once again to all those who took the time to take part, making this our biggest ever bounty of entries.


Amber Lily Fryer, University of Gloucestershire

Josh J Ford, University of Cumbria

Jenny Tillyer, Edinburgh College of Art

Katie Abey, Nottingham Trent University

Nathan Joyce, University of Huddersfield

Andy Foster, Leeds College of Art



James Allen, Central Bedfordshire College

Laura-Marie Saul & Heather Metcalfe, University of Salford

George Alborn, De Montfort University


Cath Kidston

Chia Hui, Kingston University

Kyung-hwa Lee, Kingston University

Becky Brice, Falmouth University

Claire Stevens, Northbrook College

Emma Fisher, London College of Communication

Bridie Cheeseman, Falmouth University

Grace Hands, London College of Communication

Yuqing Yang, Kingston University

Ellie Wooldridge, University of Huddersfield



Michael Wright & Archie Da Costa, University of Northampton

Evija Sundman & Benn Tan, London College of Communication

Katrina Peel, Falmouth University



Jordan Walsh & Emma Lee Curtis, Edge Hill University

Mairead Murphy, Robbie Gannon & Jay Hunter, Limerick School of Art & Design

Nick Coates & Tom Dixon, Falmouth University



Jack MacRae, University of Portsmouth

Daniel Taylor, University of Portsmouth

Brandon King, University of Lincoln



Kishan Saujani & Sharin Johal, London College of Communication

Samantha Hampton & Elizabeth Gray, University of Gloucestershire

Adam Lewanderski, Edinburgh College

Meghan Hughes, University of Northampton

Gaby Kirwin & Jenni Trotter, University of Lincoln



Thomas Devenport & Aubrey O’Connell, University of Falmouth

Lisha Zhang, University of Westminster

Lina Swoboda & Julia Dirnbacher, Staffordshire University

Jordan Mather, University of Huddersfield

Benjamin Jones & Sila Roongreangsri, London College of Communication



Dragos Giol & Juthamard Aroonvorakul, Falmouth University

Jeremy Lim, Falmouth University

Philip Bock & Morten Schmidt, Bucks University

Sammy Xinyl Ge, Taylor Perkins, Pian Shih & Cheryl Sinclair, Boston University

Dan Everitt, Leeds College of Art

Elly Hogarth & Lucy Cowlin, University of Lincoln



Alexandra Tuck, Blackpool & the Fylde College

Alexandria Vernon, Nottingham Trent University

James Ford, The Arts University College Bournemouth

Chris Ong, London College of Communication

Sean Murphy, Nottingham Trent University

Samuel Horbury, Leeds College of Art



Matt Wallis & Carragh Gordon, University of Gloucestershire

Jade Baskett & Leah West, University of Salford

Tom Dixon & Khurram Hussain, Falmouth University

Hong Baoshi, College Jean-de-Brébeuf

Calum Hopwood, Ravensbourne



Megan Amirghiasvand, University of Northampton

Samantha Hampton & Elizabeth Gray, University of Gloucestershire

Sophie Foster, Birmingham City University



Joe Heston-Ellis & Millie Da Costa, Bucks New University

Lisa Ambros & Jennifer Blaschek, Staffordshire University



Steven Tinkler, Nottingham Trent University

Patrick Cunliffe & Kathryn McGregor, Staffordshire University


Nescafe Azera

Abbie Macpherson, Duncan of Jordanstone

Xan Boardall, York College

Joel Burden & David Gaskell, Leeds College of Art

Ben Palphramand, Hull School of Art and Design



Felicity Morse, Birmingham City University

James Musgrave & Lauren Allen-Maher, Staffordshire University

Alexandra Reece & Jack W Jolly, Staffordshire University

Bethany Dalzell, Leeds College of Art

Cerys Baker, University of Wales Trinity Saint David



Lauren Allen-Maher & Jack Camilatto, Staffordshire University

Adam Gatley & Jack Jolly, Staffordshire University



Gareth Hunt-Sutherland & Linda Klaessens, University of Lincoln

Amelia Black & Laura Simms, University of Gloucestershire


Royal Albert Hall

Jasper Lee & Priyesh Desai, Leeds College of Art

Rebecca Matthews, Plymouth University

Harriet Crawford & Gemma Flanagan, University of Gloucestershire


Standard Life

Hannah Hughes & Tiffany Trethowan, Bedford College

Joseph Lovett & Jonathan Salm, University of Lincoln

Christopher Shuttleworth, Leeds College of Art

  • Posted on Jun 6th 2014

A huge thanks to everyone who submitted work as part of the most recent YCN Student Awards. The deadline past on Thursday, and we received a record number of uploads (and some nice physical elements in support too).

Judging will now begin in earnest, with updates shared online in due course.

Creativity in the post

  • Posted on Mar 29th 2014

Those working on this year's YCN Student Awards briefs will be able to upload their work from the beginning of March. We're going to be using a fancy new uploading system, courtesy of the brilliant team at AwardsEngine; and all will be ready to go well in advance of this year's March 27th deadline.

Illustration by Alice Bowsher

  • Posted on Feb 5th 2014

Sussex Downs College dropped into YCN yesterday to find out more about our Student Awards. A big thanks to all those who made it along and showed such enthusiasm for our work.  We look forward to welcoming more groups of students over he coming weeks. You can read more about taking part in our student awards here

If you are interested in dropping by with your students please contact our Shop, Library & Events manager Jennie

  • Posted on Jan 23rd 2014

We've been busy visiting Universities, Colleges and Art & Design schools across the land; promoting the latest YCN Student Awards and broadly spreading the YCN word. A big thanks to all those who have come along and shown such enthusiasm for our work.

Shown is an image taken at Lincoln University on Wednesday 15th January. We were joined by Natalie Rich from Boost and James Cross from their creative agency Big, who spoke about their brief. See it among all the others here. Thanks very much to our current intern Alice Bowsher for her handy work on the image below. 

  • Posted on Jan 21st 2014