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Staff Team

Meet the Team

Carol Allison

Programme Leader Graphic Design

Carol's background is one of as a general graphic designer which led to a speciality in advertising and copywriting. Years in the industry as a packaging and promotion designer have seen her work for clients such as British Airways, Barclays and The Guild of Master Craftsmen.

She knows what the creative industries are looking for in emerging designers and equips our students with the skills they need to ensure they secure the right job upon graduation. 

In her spare time Carol is a keen fiction writer and has been published in several national magazines. 

Anthony Roocroft

Lecturer for Graphic Design


For many years Anthony has been a graphic designer and visual communicator specialising in ideas generation. He has worked with a range of blue-chip companies such as M&S, Shell, WHSmith and Nikon.

Whilst he lectures full time on our degree programme he still pursues a freelance Graphic designer career servicing many clients.

With good connections and years in the industry, we are lucky to have him on the graphics team. Outside of work, Anthony has a keen interest in music and plays in a brass band. 

Sarah Joyce

Lecturer for Graphic Design

Sarah brings 30 years of industry experience to the course, working with clients such as Antler, BBC, Mölnlycke, Reebok, The Post Office.

She is keen to pass on her experience and professional knowledge in maintaining the industry links made over many years. She shares the importance of Networking and Self-Promotion, encouraging student involvement in events such as D&AD, Two+Two, Glug, and Design Manchester. Helping students learn the skills needed for the industry whilst creating a strong portfolio in preparation for work.

When she has time, Sarah loves nothing more than a game of golf or indeed any sporting endevour. 

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Sam Williams

Lecturer for Graphic Design

Sam works across both the Graphic Design and Animation and Illustration programme.  She is a design practitioner with an interest in the theoretical underpinning of practice and teaches the contextual modules across both programmes. 

She has a keen interest in the designer as maker, exhibiting her own work and a range of work from graphic design and illustration students at print fairs across the northwest.  In her spare time, Sam helps manage and run a rehabilitation sanctuary for wild animals.

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