20th July 2001




Illustrators and animators of the future will graduate with first-class honours degrees from the Hull School of Art and Design next week at the City Hall on Thursday 26th July.


Seven out of thirty-eight Illustration students will graduate with first-class honours degrees. They include David Whittle (22) from Bramham, near Wetherby, and Natalie Cookson (22) from Bramhope in Leeds who were highly commended in this year’s Macmillan Children’s Picture Book competition.


The publishers behind the competition said that the group of students entered by the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside was the strongest in the country and David have been commissioned to illustrate books which are to be published soon by the Oxford University Press.


John Longworth, a senior lecturer in Illustration, is delighted with the news: “These young illustrators are the crème de la crème of our graduates. Normally we see around three or four graduates with first-class degrees so this year is a record.”


It’s also a success story for animators at the Hull School of Art & Design. Six out of twenty-two graduates will receive first class-honours degrees.


Lecturer Alan Jeffrey commented: “I’m extremely pleased. This is one of our best groups of graduates and their results are a real credit to them. I look forward to hearing positive news about their future careers.”


 Photographers are welcome to attend the ceremony at Hull City Hall, which begins at 11.30am on Thursday 26th July.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042


Check for the latest university news at