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Martha Ives

A lifelong passion for design, inspirational teaching and hard work all helped Martha Ives earn a First Class Honours degree in Graphic Design and Multimedia; an achievement which has allowed her to go on and begin to build a career in the industry.

Martha, who graduated at Worcester Cathedral, credits her parents, her sixth form Art teacher and her ‘wonderful’ University of Worcester lecturers for giving her the confidence to flourish.

She explains: “My parents always encouraged me to do what I loved doing, and that led me to art-related subjects. Then during sixth form, my Art teacher, Mrs Tinkler, picked up on my interest in Graphic Design and encouraged me to pursue it, which led me to the University of Worcester.

“I arrived in 2011 with a lot to learn, and some of the modules were out of my comfort zone, but, thanks to my wonderful lecturers, I feel that I have learned a lot, and now feel more than comfortable embracing this subject's approach to the creative, which can be seen in my mixed-media work. 

“When I found out that I had achieved a First Class degree, I just cried down the phone to my parents, while they cried back. It's a wonderful thing to hear when you've put such an enormous amount of hard work into your degree.”

Martha, who is originally from Broughton Moor in Cumbria, returned home over the summer, and almost immediately secured a job working as a Graphic Designer for Carlisle City Council.

“The role includes creating advertisements for Council-run events,” the 21 year-old explains. “For example, I've just finished making a number of promotional items for the upcoming Fireshow – a long-established community event - which has been a lot of fun to work on.

“I've enjoyed working as part as a team and communicating directly with clients; I've already learned so much and I'm excited to tackle more upcoming projects. I still get very excited that I can now call myself a graphic designer!”