Delphine Jones

Delphine Jones

Delphine Jones has worked for the University for more than 20 years and works in the design studio as a senior graphic designer.

One of the proudest moments of her career was being awarded the Professional Service Award of Heroine of the Year in 2012. She says: “It wasn’t just about the ceremony, although that was fantastic, afterwards I received so many emails of support and congratulations from colleagues across the University and from external professionals within the design and print industry – it was truly amazing.”

All forms of artistic endeavour have been a source of inspiration for Delphine, but two artists in particular have made the greatest impression. The first is Chuck Close, noted worldwide for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face. He rose to fame in the late 1960s for his large-scale, photo-realist portraits. In 1988 tragedy struck when Close experienced a rupture of a spinal artery which left him almost entirely paralyzed. Although he underwent intensive physical therapy, he was permanently confined to a wheelchair. Despite the physical limitations, he pressed forward with his work. With a brush taped to his wrist, Chuck continued to paint in a style that was more abstract and less precise. His reputation and standing have not suffered in the least and he is considered one of America's best contemporary artists.

The second is one of the world's most renowned and influential voices of our time, Dr Maya Angelou. To use one of her quotations "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Delphine concludes: “Raising awareness for ‘inspiring change’ in women's advancement is a theme that is important not only in the workplace but in the way we live our lives. It's all about respect and holding dear the sense of a person's worth and ability. I am fortunate to work in a profession as a graphic designer where-in the main-equal opportunities exist both for men and women.”