Gloucestershire Residents Benefiting from Design Skills of Worcester Graduate

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Residents across Gloucestershire are benefiting from the ‘superb’ design skills of a University of Worcester Graphic Design and Multimedia graduate.

Nathan Ford, who graduated from the University last month, is currently working for Severn Vale Housing, a social housing provider in Gloucestershire.

Here, Nathan has developed an app through which residents can pay their rent, report an issue and find out which other services are available to them.

“The app has gone down very well with customers,” says Severn Vale Housing’s Assistant Director of Customer Service, Darren Knight.

“Nathan has brought real benefits to our team. He’s been developing our digital and online communications, plus he’s amazed us all with his superb graphic design skills.”

Throughout the Graphic Design and Multimedia course, Worcester students are encouraged to build and develop their skills through interaction with large companies on ‘live’ briefs, and lecturer Helen Holmes believes that this experience is crucial for graduates once they enter the workplace.

She explains: “It’s great to hear that Nathan has been able to demonstrate his skills as a Graphic Designer following his honours degree course here at Worcester.

“We encourage all students to work with real clients during their final year to build their confidence and skills, with our support. For example, we are currently working with, amongst others, the National Trust, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Tenbury Wells Council and Upton upon Severn Tourist Information.

“In Nathan’s case this has led naturally into his work and we look forward to watching his career develop over the next few years.”

Nathan, who completed his three-year course earlier this year, adds: “I really enjoyed creating the app, and hearing such positive feedback from customers has been particularly good.

“I’ve been involved in a wide range of projects and activities alongside the app development, which have given me a good insight into different aspects of the organisation. I can’t wait to get stuck into my next project.”