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Amy Buck, a Sheffield Hallam University student from Wetherby, has been awarded the Sheffield Assay Office Graduation Prize for Excellence in Design.

The award was presented to Amy by Sheffield Assay Master, Ashley Carson, who received an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam in 2003. 

Sheffield Assay Master, Ashley, said, 'Amy demonstrated excellent design skills, precision manufacturing of components and also a high quality finish. I was very impressed by her work.'

To collect the award Amy joined staff, students and VIPs, including top fashion designer Rita Britton, at the unveiling of Sheffield Hallam's annual showcase Creative Spark.

The 21 year-old Metalwork and Jewellery student received the award for her striking silver headpiece.  Amy was inspired by the legendary extravagance and excess of Marie Antoinette and the 18th century French Court of Versailles.

Metalwork and Jewellery is one of the University's oldest disciplines dating back to 1843.  Today, Sheffield Hallam students have the rare opportunity to learn to work with precious metals - made possible through the sponsorship of Sheffield Assay Office.


Assay Master Ashley Carson explains, 'Our involvement with the metalwork and jewellery course is something that we are very proud of because the standard of work is so high. It also gives us chance to put something back into the industry and help nurture talent for the future.'

The relationship is continuing to flourish as The Sheffield Assay office prepares to open its new premises later this year.  Academics from Sheffield Hallam have played a key part in redesigning the factory layout; creating more efficient operating practices; automating the laser marking machines and identifying a new IT support system. 

Amy's prize-winning work can be seen at the Creative Spark exhibition of final year degree students' work at Sheffield Hallam University from 12-19 June.  For visitor information please go to:

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