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Humans of Stockwell Street


The ‘Humans of Stockwell street’ project, is inspired by the facebook page, called ‘Humans of New York’.

Its purpose is to introduce some of our students, staff and lecturers at ‘Stockwell Street’. It is also for our applicants who are just now applying to the University of Greenwich, providing advice, and it is a nice way to get to know the people they are going to be spending time with.

We are going to be posting two interviews on this page, every week. If you’d like to get involved in our campaign, please email me at It wouldn’t take more than ten minutes of your time and you’ll be changing the world.

Humans of Stockwell Street #1

Gergana Vasileva from Bulgaria

First year in Graphic and Digital Design

“Life is a journey and I’m still learning until I die.” 

What’s your favourite thing about studying at Stockwell street?
Like I said, I’m still in first year and I’m not sure what is it going to look like later on, but I enjoy the fact that I met a lot of creative people. You have the freedom to do and experiment more.


What is your advice to future students?
I would say it’s a great university and as I said, I really enjoy it. I will just tell them, go for it. Come here and you’ll be able to express yourself. It truly is a great place.


What is your favourite memory?
The thing that I mostly enjoy is, we’ve been doing something called ink and bleach, once a week, we were experimenting with a lot of different things and it was so much fun.

Humans of Stockwell Street #2

Conor Ward from South of England

Year two in Film and TV

What is the best thing about studying at Stockwell street?
I like that it’s usually heated to a good temperature. I also like the fact that I can go and talk to my tutors at any point. They’re always happy to speak about problems or ideas.


What is your advice to future students?
If you’re doing film, buy a camera before you buy a laptop. There are a lot of laptops here but with your own camera, you can shoot your own stuff. So, if you are doing film, camera before a laptop.


What is your favourite memory?
We had a photography meeting in the middle of London with loads of people, that was fun.

Humans of Stockwell Street #3

Emily Guest

Working at the department for architecture and landscape.

“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, and you have a right to be here.”

What is the most interesting part of your job?
As I’m a senior administrator for the department, I get to work with a lot of different people across the university. So be it academic staff or faculty, students, so I get to kind of see it all, which I think is the best thing – just working with people all across the university.

What is the best thing about working at Stockwell street?
Stockwell street is beautiful, because it’s got fifteen roof gardens, and huge windows that I sit next to, so we get the morning sun and it’s just got a really cool, design vibe to it. It’s very creative. You have the architects and the landscape students, as well as all the design, and art, and film students; altogether; which is really nice. I also love how the space goes from really small to huge.It is a dynamic place to work.

What is your favourite memory?
Probably the first time I saw the living wall. It really blew me away. I think I saw it on my first day here. It was the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time and in an office as well.

Humans of Stockwell Street #4

Bethany Wilkins

From Northamptonshire. Third year in Graphic design.

What motivates you when it comes to doing your deadlines and your projects?
Where I come from, I just don’t want to end up like everyone else there. I’d rather have a good job, work hard, have something that I enjoy doing instead of bar work and waiting. I’m the first one who went to university from my family.

What’s your advice to a future student?
If you do have a job, which you’ll probably need to have; try not let that overrule your work. Uni will come first but it is important to obviously make money. Just try to make time to study and sleep, and to do more than I’m doing right now.


A question from a student: Why did you pick this particular course?
It was more the fact that on the website, it described it as everything that I wanted to do. I wasn’t quite sure what subject I wanted to study, so that’s why graphic design was something I could relate to because you get to study everything at once. It’s broadening my skills.

Humans of Stockwell Street #5

Andreas Petras

From Greece. First year in Architecture.

What do you like most about the building?
I really like the building. It’s very comfortable. And the labs and the computers, everything’s modern.

What advice would you give to future students?
To take advantage from tutors, teachers, labs.


A question from a student: What inspired you to apply for this specific subject?
My previous studies were in interior architecture and design, so I’m continuing them now.

Humans of Stockwell Street #6

Deborah Iaria

From Italy. Second year in graphic and digital design.

What is the best thing about studying at Stockwell street?
I love the environment and that everyone is so friendly. I love that is opened twenty-four hours when I have submissions.

What is your advice to future students?
I would say, don’t stress too much during first year because it’s the easiest one. And try to have a life. Try to not be afraid of tutors because they’re like friends, just try to get the most out of them. Break the barriers with them.

What is your favourite memory?
Last year, after I submitted all my essays, we all went to the pub to celebrate.

Humans of Stockwell Street #7

Sophie Moss

Departmental administrator for CPDA

What is the most interesting part of your job?
My job isn’t all the same. Although I’m an administrator, I’m doing a lot of creative things. Sometimes I produce posters for the social cinema. Sometimes I help with the organizing of events – putting them on Eventbrite, I used to do the twitter. With my creative background, that was good. I also enjoy organizing interviews and meeting different people. Every day is slightly different. I just really enjoy working in the creative environment.

What is the best thing about working at Stockwell street?
It’s a beautiful building. It has amazing architecture. I like the fact that it’s modern. We have a roof terrace that is really nice in the summer. I just like all the windows, you don’t feel like you’re blocked off from the world. It’s quite nice to work in such an interesting and creative building. It has regulated heating, it’s important to be comfortable. With the way it’s built, you just feel happier.

What’s your favorite memory?
I had to arrange the Christmas work party. We had a lot of people and it was a bit stressful. I chose the ‘Sail Loft’. It was a really nice venue and it had all glass windows and a view to the Thames. Everyone was really happy. It worked out well. I was really happy that everyone had a good time and that I did a good job.

Humans of Stockwell Street #8

Victoria Lawless

First year in Graphic and Digital Design.

What is your goal after you graduate and how is studying here helping you achieve it?
My goal after I graduate is to become a creative director and I’m getting all the tools that I need here, so I can work my way up into the creative director role.

What advice would you give to future students?
Read magazines and get more inspiration from other people for your work, rather than just relying on the internet and stuff.


A question from a student: What was your favourite PC game when you were a child?
Sims. It’s a fun game. You can build houses on it.


Humans of Stockwell Street #9

Rokas Zilinskas

From Lithuania. First year in Digital arts practice.

“Don’t give up.”

What is your favourite thing about studying at Stockwell street?
The building is brand new and very nice. And there are a lot of facilities that are really useful for your course. If I want, I can use them to their full potential and do some great stuff here.

What is your advice to future students?
I would say not to worry too much because people here are very helpful. Try to make a lot of friends too, because that helps a lot. Just be yourself and try and use the university as much as possible. What’s more, use all of the things that are given to you.

What is your favourite memory from your university life?
I would say my favourite memory would be the fresher’s fair because there were a lot of events happening and it was fun. I really enjoyed it.

Humans of Stockwell Street #10

Paula Pocol

From Romania. Second year in Architecture.

What was the hardest thing to get used to, considering you’re coming from another country?
Obviously, I come from another country so there is another type of people there. And it was very hard for me to get used to the way people are here. It’s just a different way of speaking and a different language, obviously. It’s a different way of behaving and I have to be mindful of so many things that I don’t have to be mindful of when I’m at home. Also jaywalking. Jaywalking was a big thing for me. I didn’t know that was happening. In my country, it’s illegal. I had to get used to it. People just jump at the street.

What’s your favourite thing about being here?
I mean, I like the diversity I guess. Where I come from there’s no diversity. Then again, the environment is very creative and very challenging. It’s very dynamic compared to home.

What advice would you give to future students?
If you want to apply for a creative profession you should be really sure that you want to do it. It’s not like your typical course where you have to do this, this and this and you pass the exam. It’s not really like that. There’s a lot of self-doubt involved during this whole thing so if you’re not sure you want to do this as an end game – don’t do it, and if you are sure – go for it.

A question from a student: What’s the worst thing about university?
Self-doubt. Definitely self-doubt.

Humans of Stockwell Street #11

Dominic Coombes

From Cyprus. Second year in Digital Films and Production

“Work harder than you think you’re already working.”

What is your favourite thing about studying at Stockwell street?
The facilities. Definitely the facilities.

What is your advice to future students?
Make more use of the facilities.

What is your favourite memory?
Probably, something good that we did is when we went to the photography studio downstairs. It was fun, we used the photography studio and did some photo shoots. That was really cool.