Acclaimed political illustrator Chris Riddell has created a character for the university's schools project.
15 Aug 2013
Chris Riddell graduated from our internationally renowned Graphic Design BA(Hons) course and now returns to the University of Brighton with a children's character to help widening participation.
Chris's career has led him to the fascinating world of political illustration, working for The Observer, and also celebrity as an award-winning children's author. He joins the list of our alumni and associates with Kate Greenaway Medals, winning for the second time in 2004 for Jonathan Swift's “Gulliver”.
The University of Brighton's Development and Alumni Office asked Chris to come up with a design for a character that would appeal to children and help encourage those from deprived backgrounds to go into higher education as part of a initiative to widen participation. With his success in both Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize seven times for his children's books Chris was an ideal person to be involved in the project.
In consultation with university colleagues, Chris devised the character of Professor C Gull to represent the five coastal campuses across Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. Professor C Gull will be used in a number of ways, including in a booklet to be distributed across the region to raise awareness about higher education and its benefits.
Chris said: "Working on 'Professor C Gull's Guide To University' booklet was a real pleasure. I hope the characters make the concept of university accessible to primary school children, and get them thinking about further education as a real possibility. It would be great if Professor C Gull inspired kids to spread their wings!
Director of Development and Alumni Sam Davies, said: "We are exceptionally lucky in having a wide network of talented alumni who, like Chris, give back in so many ways to the institution that helped set them on their career paths.
Widening participation coordinator, Michelle Tarling, said: "It is fantastic that Chris Riddell has agreed to be involved in the creation of Professor C Gull and the development of a new comic for our primary school project. The comic is an important feature in the materials we provide. It is easily accessible for the children and thoroughly engages them. Professor C Gull will also be a striking and recognisable mascot and we are sure, will be a great hit with all the children."
Chris Riddell's involvement is an example of one of the ways in which the faculty continues to have significant creative and educational associations with its alumni. We welcome all our former students to engage with the faculty of arts and contact us with a profile of their current career highlights