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Nottingham Trent University

“Our School of Art and Design are proud to be part of this amazing initiative to support emerging Illustrators from the BAME community in finding their pathway into the industry. What a wonderful thing! We look forward to being part of the student’s creative journey, to seeing them developing into the illustrators and storytellers of the future, and to celebrating their achievements with them as they progress through this incredible programme.”


Meet the Nottingham Trent University team involved with Pathways.

Sarah McConnell


Dr Sarah McConnell is a published author and illustrator of 18 years. She has illustrated more than 30 books, 6 of which she both wrote and illustrated. She has completed doctoral research in the area of book illustration, specifically focusing on the children’s book as an art form. She has delivered at conferences and written journal papers on the subject. Most recently she has completed a chapter in the internationally recognized series for Wiley Blackwell ‘A companion to Illustration’ edited by Prof. Alan Male.

Jenna Alldread


Jenna is co-module leader for Year Two. She teaches print based and creative workshops across the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is a maker, illustrator and printmaker based in West Yorkshire.
Jenna has a BA (Hons) in Graphic Arts & Design, an MA in Illustration and a Postgraduate Diploma in post-compulsory education. She currently works as a part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and runs creative workshops all over the country in various institutions and galleries.

Kathryn Coates


Principal Lecturer in Visual Communication in Nottingham Trent University's School of Art and Design.
Kathryn is an educator, author and practitioner with a background in design and commissioning for publishing.
She currently leads the BA and MA course teams delivering the Graphic Design and Illustration programmes
within the Visual Communication Department of the School of Art and Design.