18th January 1999




Animation students at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside have pulled off an unprecedented hat-trick by reaching the national final of the Royal Television Society awards for the third year running.


And if Emma Lazenby - a graduate of the Hull School of Art and Design - wins the animation prize outright later this month she’ll be the third student from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside to achieve the feat in as many years.


Emma’s film ‘Something Missing’ came first when the Yorkshire regional prizes were handed out in Hull in November. Since then the field of entrants has been whittled down to three national finalists, and Emma will find out whether she’s won then big prize when she attends the awards ceremony at BAFTA headquarters in London on 29th January.


Originally from Silsden in West Yorkshire, Emma (22) graduated last year from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and now works at West Highland Animation in Scotland. Her film is based on the true story of her grandmother’s fight against Alzheimer’s Disease and was shown on Yorkshire Television in December.


The Hull School of Art and Design has a proud recent record in the competition: Ed Foster won the award last year while the 1997 prize was taken by Alison Brown - both former students of the school..


“I’m treating it like the Jules Rimet trophy,” joked senior animation lecturer Alan Jeffrey. “If we win it three times in a row they’ll have to design a new one!”


“No-one’s ever managed to reach the national final three times in a row before, so anything else we achieve from now on is going to be a bonus,” Mr Jeffrey added.


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Note: The Royal Television Society awards will be held at the offices of BAFTA, but the awards have no formal connection with BAFTA.


For more information contact:


Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)