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Quark announces Winners of PrintIT! Awards 2012

Quark sponsors competition to promote print design skills among UK students

London, UK - 7/9/2012 - Quark announces today the winners of the PrintIT! Awards, a nationwide education initiative led by Proskills UK to encourage students to consider a career in the print and paper industries.  As Gold Sponsor, Quark donates a site license for the cutting-edge print and digital design software QuarkXPress® 9, worth £1,750, to each winning school.

Aimed at pupils studying for GCSE and A-level media studies as well as Graphic Products and Product Design, the competition attracted over 9,000 students from 350 schools in the 2011/12 programme. 

The PrintIT! 2012 awards took place on the 6th July at the Stationers Hall in London, where Aleesha Patel from Beauchamp School in Leicester was awarded Overall Winner of the 2011/12 competition, as well as the award for the Best Packaging. Other winners include students from Saints Peter & Paul Catholic College, Devonport High School for Boys, St James Catholic School, Uddingston Grammar, Bucksburn Academy and TJ International in categories including Best Wall Poster, Best Use of Brand Across the Range and Best Floor Graphic.

As part of the project, students were asked to create various designs to suit a print-based campaign promoting Fairtrade products in supermarkets, with emphasis on sustainability and environmental issues. As part of the brief, students had to show their understanding of different printing techniques and paper sources that could be used in creating their product.

Ian Aspely, Proskills General Manager said, “PrintIT! (printit.org.uk) is an amazing initiative that raises the awareness of Print and Paper industries to young students and opens their eyes and talents to careers they may never have considered.  The PrintIT! awards have been a great success and an inspiration. It’s great to see that we are developing a new passion in students for Print and Paper.

“We have had fantastic support from the industry without which we wouldn’t have been able to make the programme work, but more importantly we are all working together to inspire the next generation.”

Peter Schaebbicke, Quark European Channel and Education Programmes Director, comments: “We congratulate all the winners of the PrintIT! Programme for an exceptional turnout and first-class entries to the competition. Thanks to the PrintIT! initiative students across the UK were able to experiment with QuarkXPress to combine their creativity with professional print output, learning skills that will help them to stand out in a competitive job market, should they wish to take up a career in the print and paper industry. In addition to sponsoring this initiative, Quark supports the education sector with very affordable pricing for teachers, students, schools, colleges or universities, who can have access to a professional publishing tool with a discount of up to 90 per cent on the original price.”

For more information of the PrintIT! Programme please visit: www.printit.org.uk

To know more about Quark’s Education Programme please visit: http://www.quark.com/Products/QuarkXPress/Programs/Education/ 

About PrintIT!
Launched in 2005, PrintIT! is the industry-wide educational initiative aimed to attract young people to consider a future career in print.  
As part of the curriculum-based PrintIT! course, students are challenged to create a print-based campaign.  Aiming to promote the many varied and stimulating career paths available within the print industry.
PrintIT! is led by Proskills UK, representing the print and paper industries.
For further information on PrintIT! log on to www.printit.org.uk or contact Ami Lewis at Proskills on 01235 833844.

About QuarkXPress for Education 
With QuarkXPress — superior page-layout and design software — anyone can create professional-quality promotional materials for print, Web, and interactive formats in a single, affordable application. 
Quark offers discounted and volume pricing programmes on QuarkXPress for qualified education customers. Whether you’re a graphic design student, design instructor, school teacher, or university, Quark’s education programme gives you access to the tools professionals use at a fraction of the cost.
Quark offers schools of all levels and teachers across the world the opportunity to purchase QuarkXPress 9 with a discount of up to 90% on the original price. With Quark's school licenses, education establishments can use QuarkXPress in their classroom or across the school, from vocational, design and yearbook classes to maths, history, foreign languages, and more. Classroom licenses start at just £35 per license and unlimited School Licenses are just £1,750. 

To check your eligiblilty please click here 
To buy QuarkXPress for Education  please contact a Quark Authorised Educational Resseller or contact Quark Customer Service
To know more about Quark’s Education Programme please click here.

30-Day Test Drive

While QuarkXPress 9 is available for purchase now, Quark is also offering a free, fully functional, 30-day Test Drive version to users interested in experiencing the new features for digital publishing and design-driven automation. To download the 30-day Test Drive of QuarkXPress 9, visit: http://www.quark.com/products/quarkxpress/test_drive.aspx  

About Quark
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