Press Releases 2014-2015

Students’ Glass Success Prompts Hospice Commission


A recent University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) graduate has been commissioned to design a new decorative glass window for a Herefordshire-based Hospice.

The design of Nicolette Bromhead, a 2014 graduate in Glass, was chosen after she entered her ideas into the 2012 annual Stevens Architectural Glass Competition. This prestigious competition is open to students and glass artists who have completed their training within the last five years. Since 2009 it has been one of the national competitions in the portfolio of World Skills UK, which is backed by the UK Government, and which holds national competitions to encourage best practice in practical and vocational occupations.

Each year the competition brief focuses on a real location and in 2012 St. Michael’s Hospice was selected by the judges. St Michael's cares for 1300 patients each year from Herefordshire and the immediate surrounding counties. They work closely with the patient and their family to provide whatever support is needed.

As a part of the Stevens Competition brief applicants were asked to design a three-metre-tall window for a new In-Patient reception at the Hospice. Over fifty design entries were submitted and the commission was awarded to Nicolette, who also secured the competition’s Prize for Craftsmanship.

Two years on and the panel is now ready for production and is expected to be installed in the Hospice later this year.

Nicolette, originally from Sheffield but now living in Neath, said: “When I visited St Michael’s Hospice, I was struck by the calm and caring atmosphere and the tranquil surroundings, so I thought that the design needed to be very peaceful. I was inspired by the leaves on an acer tree in the hospice grounds and I also chose to bring some gilding into the design to represent the golden thread of the community which binds the Hospice together.

“It was an honour to be chosen and I am overwhelmed at being a part of Hospice’s history.”

Ruth Denison, from St. Michael’s Hospice, said: “We chose Nicolette’s design as we felt that she understood the brief, and the work of St Michael’s, more than anybody else.

“We are keen to develop quality art, which has therapeutic benefits, throughout our building and exterior landscape. As well as the glass panel for our reception area we are looking at options to extend Nicolette’s design into our Café and create a memorial in the grounds.”

The original glass panel and ideas for the proposed additional glass features within the Hospice are being explored by UWTSD’s Architectural Glass Centre (AGC). The AGC was established over ten years ago to enable the University to manage the commercial activities of the glass department and to provide a specialist consultancy service to the sector. The Centre provides support for established and emerging designers and makers of traditional and contemporary architectural and stained glass and manages projects on their behalf.

Students’ Glass Success Prompts Hospice Commission

Note to Editor

1. Photograph: (l to r) Ruth Denison, St. Michael’s Hospice; Alun Adams, AGC at UWTSD; and Nicolette Bromhead, UWTSD graduate with the commissioned glass design.

2. For more information please contact Steven Stokes, Senior PR and Communications Officer, on 07872 423788 or email

3. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University.

4. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University.