AUB’s Animation Industry Liaison, Amy Backwell, has won the award for Intern of the Year at Creative and Cultural Skills Awards.

Amy graduated from BA (Hons) Animation Production in 2014 and then went on to study MA Animation Production.

Since graduating, she has taken on the role of Animation Industry Liaison Intern, working within the Animation department. She has worked with passion and dedication, organising visits, workshops and masterclasses from industry professionals, arranging events and involving herself in every aspect of the course with great benefits to students and staff.

She is also part of Animated Women UK, an amazing group that works to support and achieve equality for women in the UK animation and VFX industry.

Amy said: “It’s such an honour to receive the award and the ceremony was fantastic! The performance art from rich diverse backgrounds and talent was extraordinary and you could really feel that diversity and fair access is at the heart of everyone involved. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here at AUB and volunteering for Animated Women UK. The entrepreneurial possibilities beyond the job are almost endless! Not only has the intern position provided positive challenges and training but it’s been a launch pad to input my own creative ideas, allowed me to take leadership of projects and I am given the freedom to produce events and carry out my own research and fine art practice.

“It’s really nice working for companies and organisations that truly believe in you and recognise your efforts, as well as believe in equality and diversity. I want to say a big thanks especially to my manager Peter Symons and colleague Paul Ward who go above and beyond in their positions here as Course Leaders.

“One piece of advice I can give to any young person is don’t give a little of yourself, give everything that you’ve got. Dive in head-first into every opportunity that calls your name! Juggle projects, volunteer for organisations who push for the worthy causes you care about, be change-setters, be pioneers, be that fish that goes against the current and chase your dreams, not someone else’s. You really are worthy and powerful and people will recognise that in its right timing.”

Professor Paul Ward, Course Leader for MA Animation said: “Congratulations to Amy – she has done an exceptional job in Animation and contributed an enormous amount to AUB in general, over many years now as a student and colleague. It was a genuine honour to nominate her.”

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