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Steven Braxton -

( BA ( Hons ) Communication Studies – 2005 )

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PR and media student is the face of Arthritis Care ’ s new fundraising campaign .

Documentary filmmaker
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STEVEN JOINED QMU as a mature student in 2001 . “ I didn ’ t have any Higher qualifications ”, says Steven , “ but the interview process at QMU helped the admissions tutors take into account my time in the forces and my photography experience .”

What ’ s your favourite memory of QMU ? I was lucky enough to be involved in the relocation video that was made when QMU moved from the old campuses to the new campus at Craighall . That was a really interesting time as I got to go ‘ behind the scenes ’ and see the bits of the University that students don ’ t normally see – both physically in the buildings and also how the staff worked . It was like being a fly on the wall for nine months .
What did you do after you graduated ? I got a place at the Scottish Screen Academy in Edinburgh . Before I came to QMU I was mainly focused on documentary photography , but the relocation film and the fact that I then chose to do my dissertation in film as well changed my focus towards the screen . I started off doing Screen Project Development but then went on to a Masters in Advanced Film Practice . After that , one of my first projects was working on a film for The Fringe Festival where I interviewed a lot of the performers . I even looked after Britt Ekland ’ s dog whilst she was on stage ! My film work has also allowed me to really get involved in issues of empowerment - empowering people from disadvantaged backgrounds and people who feel marginalised .
What advice do you have for students who want to follow you into the creative industries ? Work hard and keep trying to diversify your skills and gain more experience . At the moment the commercial side has been quite quiet for me but there ’ s been just enough to keep me going . I ’ ve been making sure I use the time well though - researching the things I want to do and learning new skills and techniques . I think as long as you ’ re working hard and getting out there it ’ ll happen eventually .
You can view a selection of Steven ’ s work at www . braxtonimage . co . uk
When Steve isn ’ t working as a film maker he sings in 10 piece Edinburgh soul band ‘ The Soul Foundation ’. www . thesoulfoundation . co . uk

DENISE MUNRO has lived with rheumatoid arthritis from birth . Her story has not only helped other people living with the condition to cope with their day-to-day tasks , her involvement with the charity has already resulted in £ 36,000 worth of donations via the direct mail campaign which she features in .

Denise is not only using her personal experience of the auto immune disease to help support people across the UK , she is utilising the skills learned on her PR degree to ensure health messages are being communicated effectively .
Profoundly affected by her experiences of medical treatment and her school life , Denise always felt different . She explained : “ Sometimes I would be unable to walk – it might last all day or even a week – and no-one really understood . I was terrified of my illness . My memories of hospital treatment during childhood are still my nightmares .”
Aged 16 years , Denise ran away from home . She spent eight painful years hiding away so no-one could see what her arthritis was doing to her .
Denise said : “ I did everything I could to avoid medication . I hid it from friends , family and employers . It took me until I got back into education before I felt ready to speak about it . It wasn ’ t until I came into contact with Arthritis Care ’ s Joint Potential Project that I discovered I wasn ’ t the only young person trying to work out how to live with arthritis .”
Volunteering for Arthritis Care in Scotland has become a big part of Denise ’ s life both personally and professionally . She began applying the knowledge that she was learning from her PR degree to develop effective communication materials for the charity .
Denise explained : “ In November , Arthritis Care in Scotland launched a new peer-to-peer support website at the Scottish Parliament . I was responsible for
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interviewing Nicola Sturgeon , Scotland ’ s Health Minister . It was a great learning experience in terms of producing relevant questions , filming the event and the time management of every last detail .”
Denise has also created a video blog where she shares her experiences of living with arthritis . Effectively , this work has kick-started her career in the communications industry , with the charity now relying on her story and skills to communicate valuable information .
dovetailing my academic work with live projects which positively impact on other people ’ s lives has been a life changing experience
Denise confirmed : “ Having the opportunity to dovetail my academic work with live projects which positively impact on other people ’ s lives has been a life changing experience . Not only is my work with Arthritis Care helping me develop practical PR skills , it ’ s allowing me to grow as a person and support other young people . I now feel more confident and excited about my future .”
Ann Turner , Programme Leader for the BA ( Hons ) Public Relations and Media , said : “ Applying theory to practice is a keystone of the PR and Media programme and gaining industry experience is essential to help prepare students for careers in public relations .”
Denise ’ s story was highlighted in the Arthritis Care in Scotland direct mail campaign this spring .
PR and media student Steven is the face of Arthritis Care’s Braxton - new fundraising campaign. (BA (Hons) Communication D ENISE MUNRO has lived with rheumatoid arthritis from birth. Her story has not only helped other people living with the condition to cope with their day-to-day tasks, her involvement with the charity has already resulted in £36,000 worth of donations via the direct mail campaign which she features in. Studies – 2005) S Documentary filmmaker Braxton image TEVEN JOINED QMU as a mature student in 2001. “I didn’t have any Higher qualifications”, says Steven, “but the interview process at QMU helped the admissions tutors take into account my time in the forces and my photography experience.” What’s your favourite memory of QMU? I was lucky enough to be involved in the relocation video that was made when QMU moved from the old campuses to the new campus at Craighall. That was a really interesting time as I got to go ‘behind the scenes’ and see the bits of the University that students don’t normally see – both physically in the buildings and also how the staff worked. It was like being a fly on the wall for nine months. What did you do after you graduated? I got a place at the Scottish Screen Academy in Edinburgh. Before I came to QMU I was mainly focused on documentary photography, but the relocation film and the fact that I then chose to do my dissertation in film as well changed my focus towards the screen. I started off doing Screen Project Development but then went on to a Masters in Advanced Film Practice. After that, one of my first projects was working on a film for The Fringe Festival where I interviewed a lot of the performers. I even looked after Britt Ekland’s dog whilst she was on stage! My film work has also allowed me to really get involved in issues of empowerment - empowering people from disadvantaged backgrounds and people who feel marginalised. Wh ]YXH[H]H܈Y[[[H[HܙX]]H[\Y\•ܚ\[Y\Z[]\YH[\[[Z[[ܙH^\Y[K]H[H[Y\X[YH\Y[]Z]H]ZY]܈YH]\x&\Y[\[YY\YH[ˈx&]HY[XZ[\HH\BH[YH[Y H\X\[H[H[[X\[][[X\]Y\ˈH[˜\ۙ\[x&\Hܚ[\[][]\B]8&[\[][X[K[H[Y]H[X[ۈو][&\ܚ]˘^ۚ[XYK˝Z•[]H\۸&]ܚ[\H[HXZ\H[[LYXHY[\[[8&H[[][۸&K˝\[[][ۋ˝ZŒY[ ܘYX]B]”SVSH ܘYX]H]‘[\H\ۛH\[\\ۘ[^\Y[HوH]]š[[][H\X\H[\ܝ[HXܛHRB\][\[H[X\Yۈ\YܙYH[\BX[Y\Y\\HZ[˜[][X]YYX][Kٛ[HYXYB\^\Y[\وYYX[X]Y[[\YK[\H[^\[Y\[ H^Z[Y8'Y][Y\’H[H[XH[8$š]ZY\[^H܈][HYZ8$[[ۙHX[B[\ H\\YYYو^H[\ˈ^HY[[ܚY\›و][X]Y[\[˜[\H[^BYX\\˸'BYY MYX\[\H[]^HHYKH[ZYZ[[YX\Y[˜]^H[ۙH[YB]\\]\\[\[\HZY8'HY]\][H[˜]YYYX][ۋHY]HY[[Z[H[[\Y\ˈ]YH[[HX[YX][ۂYܙHH[XYHXZ˜X]] ]\۸&][[H[YB[۝X]\]\\x&\[[X[ڙX]H\ݙ\YH\۸&]BۛH[[\ۈZ[ܚ]]H]\]\˸'B[Y\[܈\]\\H[[\˜XYHHY\و[\x&\›YH\ۘ[H[ٙ\[ۘ[KHY[\Z[HۛYH]H\X\[H\YܙYH][YX]B[][X][ۈX]\X[܂H\]K[\H^Z[Y8'[ݙ[X\\]\\H[[][YH]œY\]\Y\\ܝX]B]H\\X[Y[ H\\ۜXH܂[\Y][XH\[ۋ[8&\’X[Z[\\]\HܙX]X\[™^\Y[H[\\وX[[][]Y\[ۜ[Z[H][[H[YBX[Y[Y[و]\H\]Z[ 'B[\H\[ܙX]YHY[\BH\\\^\Y[\و][]\]\ˈYX][K\ܚ\X\\Y\\Y\[H[][X][ۜ[\K]H\]H[Z[ۈ\ܞH[[˜[][X]H[XXH[ܛX][ۋݙ]Z[[^HXY[ZXܚ]]HڙXX]][H[\Xۂ\[x&\]\\Y[HYH[[^\Y[B[\Hۙ\YY8'][Hܝ[]H™ݙ]Z[^HXY[ZXܚ]]HڙXX]][H[\Xۈ\[x&\]\š\Y[HYH[[^\Y[KۛH\›^Hܚ]\]\\H[[YH][XX[[]8&\[[YHܛ\˜H\ۈ[\ܝ\[[[KBY[[ܙHۙY[[^]YX]^B]\K'B[\\ܘ[[YHXY\܈HBۜHXX[][ۜ[YYXKZY'\Z[[ܞHXXH\H^\ۙHوB[YYXHܘ[[YH[Z[[[\B^\Y[H\\[X[[\\HY[™܈\Y\[XX[][ۜ˸'B[\x&\ܞH\YYY[B\]\\B[[\XXZ[[\ZYۂ\[