WESTON COLLEGE STUDENT SCOOPS £1,000 PRIZE FOR HER COMMUNICATION HEALTH APP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

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By YouPR | Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:19

A WESTON College student won a £1,000 award and four weeks' work experience for her ingenious mobile and tablet App showcased at the New Designers Exhibition in London on July 4th.

Amelia Hurrell, aged 22, of Shepton Mallet, won the Sky Award for her 'ME &

You' App communication tool for young people with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).

The judges, which included Paul Butler, Head of Design at Sky Creative, stated:

"We were really impressed with Amelia's personal commitment. She pushed the

design process by proactively researching, engaging users and members of the

ME community.

"Amelia's work has depth, attention to detail and a great sense of personal style

evident across her portfolio."

Amelia, who has gained a First Class Honours Degree in Graphic Design at Weston College in partnership with Bath Spa University, said: "Winning this came as a great shock. I am so excited and look forward to the placement in the industry.

"It is testament to the tutoring and help I have received at Weston College.

"My sister has ME, and her experiences at school inspired this project and I cannot believe how far it has come.

"ME affects individuals in unique ways, and I discovered how difficult young sufferers find it attempting to explain complications and symptoms to teachers and how this impacts school work.

"The App, and the range of other communication tools I developed, help eliminate this struggle, using an easy to understand unique visual language.

"It also offers tips for teachers on how to help and better integrate those with ME into the classroom."

ME is a long-term, fluctuating illness commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

or diagnosed as Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome.

Symptoms affect many body systems, more commonly the nervous and immune

systems and can result in persistent fatigue or pain.

As well as the £1,000 prize Amelia will spend four weeks with Sky Creative at

their London headquarters.

Amelia's course tutor and Programme Leader Vicky Norcross said: "Amelia has done exceptionally well, and her success reflects the USP of this course  - that all projects students work on must have significant social impact. This really helps to focus students on worthwhile, cutting edge projects with a strong commercial outcome and helps prepare them for careers in the industry."

This year's crop of Graphic Design results include five First Class Honours degrees and six 2.1 Honours Degrees. Many, if not most, students have now got work placements and full-time work with design agencies across the West and in London.

Amelia was also shortlisted for the Future Pioneers Award, sponsored by the Design Council, along with Nick Reardon and Kirsty Arthur who were both considered for the shortlist.

New Designers is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition with more

than 3,000 of the most talented, newly graduated designers from the UK's

leading universities.

For more information on Weston College call 01934 411411 or go to

www.weston.ac.uk

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