9th April 2003



Three Hull design students are flying high after they were invited to work at the Paris Air Show for a month this summer.


Peter MacDermid, Sarah Bell and Jonathan Bird - all second-years on the Museum and Exhibition Design degree course at the Hull School of Architecture - were chosen by their tutors to take up a placement with Rapier Group.


The Hertfordshire-based exhibition design firm will be in Paris in June creating an exhibition for the Embraer Aircraft Corporation in Brazil – and the three students from the University of Lincoln will be working as part of the team.


The placement was offered by James Wetherall, senior creative designer at Rapier Group, who graduated from the Museum and Exhibition Design course when it was taught at what was then Humberside College of Higher Education.


“We did a similar thing last year at the Farnborough Air Show where three students from the Hull School of Architecture worked with us for five weeks,” said Mr Wetherall.


“It was extremely successful and the students were incredibly helpful and very enthusiastic - it was a good learning opportunity for them and great for us too.”


Mr Wetherall said that graduates from the Museum and Exhibition Design course in Hull are a cut above the rest. “It is unique, and it produces a certain type of designer which is hard to find elsewhere,” he explained.


“Whenever we need young blood or new designers the Hull graduates seem to take precedence over others. It’s the pedigree of the programme and it’s a credit to the people who run the course.”


Dick McConnell, course leader at the Hull School of Architecture, said the experience would be a valuable one for the students.


“It will be a tremendous experience for them to work on a major exhibition like this and a very exciting one too,” he said. “They’re all really looking forward to it.


Peter lives on Beverley Road, Sarah lives in Beverley and Jonathan lives in the High Street area of Hull.


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