School of Art, Design and Fashion
Victoria Building, VB219
+44 (0) 1772 89 3380
Subject Areas: Graphic Design and Creative Thinking
Rachel’s background is in the Graphic Design industry with over 10 years teaching experience on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design at UCLan and over 10 years industry experience as a Graphic Designer in Manchester design agencies informing her teaching and connections with industry.
After graduating from the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course at UCLan, she gained over 10 years of experience working as a Graphic Designer for well-known design agencies including The Chase Creative Consultants, The British Council and The Big Issue in the North as Head of Design.
Rachel has taught on the BA(Hons) Graphic Design course since 2002 and has also taught on the BA(Hons) Digital Graphics and BA(Hons) Fashion Promotion courses at UCLan. Other Higher Education teaching experience in Graphic Design includes Wigan & Leigh College and Stockport College.
Over the past 10 years, Rachel has gained success with her students in many national and international competitions, including the D&AD Student Awards, Roses Student Awards and the Little Chip Digital Student Awards.
MA Design (Distinction), UCLan, (2010)
PGCE, Manchester Metropolitan University, (2004)
BA(Hons) Graphic Design, Lancashire Polytechnic, (1988)
No Publications Available
‘Lettering on Buildings’ (2010)
Research into environmental, architectural lettering, applied signage on buildings and applications within public art nationally and internationally.
Member of The Higher Education Academy, (2004)
Year 2 BA(Hons) Graphic Design – Module Leader and Personal Tutor.
Teaching for undergraduate Graphic Design – Teaching on all years across a range of modules and programmes, for print and screen-based media.
Teaching for computer – Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign.
Administrative and course development responsibilities – Course preparation: Lesson planning, writing briefs, assessment, marking and feedback. Organising the Degree Show, D&AD New Blood, other exhibitions and the ‘4 Designers’ trip. Developing industry links, liaising with industry on delivering ‘live projects’ and organising work experience placements. Advise students on progression and career opportunities. Responsible for the course e-learning resources.
Recruitment and promotion – Interviewing students, course promotion visits to feeder colleges, Open Days and Experience Days, representation at UCAS Fairs and other events.
Marketing and Promotion group – Website Manager. Responsible for keeping the School website up to date and contribution to the Creative Focus blog.
2014 – D&AD New Blood Awards – DCM Ident, Nomination
2014 – D&AD New Blood Awards – BBC Evolve, In the Book
2014 – Roses Student Awards, Cats and Dogs, Category Winner
2013 – Little Chip Digital Student Awards – BBC Junior Vets, Nomination
2012 – D&AD Student Awards, Publication Design(1), Best in Year
2012 – D&AD Student Awards, Publication Design(2), In the Book
2011 – D&AD Student Awards, Interactive Design, BBC, Commendation
2010 – Little Chip Digital Student Awards – Nosey Parker app, Winner
2008 – D&AD Student Awards, Graphic Design, Burst! In the Book
2008 – D&AD Student Awards, Graphic Design, Fuse magazine, In the Book
2007 – D&AD Student Awards, Advertising, Puma, In the Book
2007 – D&AD Student Awards, Graphic Design, Coutts, In the Book
2007 – D&AD Student Awards, Packaging Design, Warburtons(1), In the Book
2007 – D&AD Student Awards, Packaging Design, Warburtons(2), In the Book
2006 – D&AD Student Awards, Advertising, Don’t Light Up! Commendation
2006 – D&AD Student Awards, Graphic Design, Environmental Poetry, In the Book
2006 – D&AD Student Awards, Graphic Design, Promotional Bags, In the Book
2005 – D&AD Student Awards, Applied Graphic Design, M&S, In the Book
2004 – D&AD Student Awards, Corus Steel Packaging 2, Commendation