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Press Release - 15 May 2006

The University of Bath ICIA Arts Awards 2006

The University celebrated the achievements of its arts and cultural life over the last year at its annual ICIA Arts Awards in the University’s Claverton Rooms on Thursday (11 May).

Nine students were delighted to receive awards from Professor Glynis Breakwell, the Vice-Chancellor, in front of more than 120 guests.

ICIA staff with the VC and prize-winners

ICIA staff with the Vice-Chancellor and the prize-winners

The Chilcot and Linley Prizes for Music

These prizes acknowledge outstanding contributions by students to University music. Funded jointly by the Students’ Union and Emeritus Professor Frank Wallace, the Chilcot prize recognises those involved in instrumental music, the Linley prize, vocal music.

Winner: Chilcot Prize – David Keefe, Chemistry
Winner: Linley Prize – Paul Rochester, European Studies & Modern Languages

The Alan Bramley Prize for Jazz

Established this year to acknowledge contributions to University jazz music and funded by Professor Alan Bramley, Chair of the University Arts Committee.

Winner: Philip Williams, Mechanical Engineering

The BUSU Prize for Backstage & Technical Support

This award recognises the continual dedication and quality of technical support given by students to both the ICIA professional programme and student shows.

Winner: Matthew Hayes, Electronic & Electrical Engineering

The Donovan Prize for Dance

This award acknowledges the hard work and commitment shown to choreography, performance and involvement in the ICIA dance classes.

Winner: Carol Baxter, Mathematical Sciences

Bishop Prize for Theatre

This prize acknowledges the commitment and development shown in theatre by those who have encouraged and facilitated the participation of others.

Winner: Ruth Hubbard, European Studies & Modern Languages

The Coturnix Prize for Visual Arts and the Mervyn Plunkett Prize for Crafts

These prizes are awarded annually and acknowledge outstanding contributions by students to visual arts and crafts. The Mervyn Plunkett Prize is funded by Leila Edwards and the Coturnix Prize is funded by the late Professor Rodney Quayle and Mrs Yvonne Quayle.

Winner: Mervyn Plunkett Prize for Crafts – Holly Shearer, Chemical Engineering
Winner: Coturnix Prize for Visual Arts – Johanna Roethe, Architecture & Civil Engineering

Marjorie VandeLinde Prize

This prize is for overall contribution to the Creative Arts
Winner: Gemma Cranston, Mechanical Engineering

Those attending the celebrations included key members of University of Bath staff who continue to support the work of the ICIA, members of the Students' Union executive, long-standing supporters of the arts, and a number of prize-funders. Also represented were organisations which ICIA have established relationships and partnerships with, both in Bath and Swindon

The Vice-Chancellor commented: "We are very pleased once again to be celebrating the outstanding contributions of the University’s students to the creative arts. The prize giving evening is a celebration not only of the high standards reached by the recipients of the prizes but the range of provision and opportunity that we can offer.

"The range of arts opportunities on offer to the university community is huge and they greatly enhance the experience of University life. Our standards and achievements have won wide recognition and the work on display is testimony of the success of our students."

John Struthers, Director of ICIA, who programmes arts activities on campus, added: "ICIA has now expanded its work, running seminars, professional development for artists, commissioning work, placing artists in academic departments and working on a whole range of exciting developments. But central to all of our work is supporting and encouraging the arts activities of our students.

"The arts can simply provide pleasure and entertain, they can also provide opportunities for students to interact and work together to achieve goals, allow people to experiment with new ideas and provide students with a range of skills and achievements that will serve them well whatever they decide to do with the rest of their lives.

"This University leads the field nationally with the opportunities that we are able to offer and the achievements of the students that have won awards tonight are really something to celebrate."

The evening featured a live performance by the University’s staff and student barbershop group, The Alley Barbers, the newly formed wind quartet, Reeds & Pipes, the all female a cappella group, Lifted and Adam Biggs on piano.

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