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BAFTA winner Nicola Lloyd receives honorary doctorate

UEL Communications Studies alumna has made a name for herself in reality television 

BAFTA-winning television director and producer Nicola Lloyd has received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of East London (UEL) for her outstanding contributions to television. 

Ms Lloyd, an alumna of UEL, received the award from UEL’s School of Arts and Digital Industries at its graduation ceremony at Indigo at the O2.

During her acceptance speech, Ms Lloyd told hundreds of graduating students, “Try your hardest to get your foot in the door of the industry you want, and get lots of work experience. That shows passion.”

Ms Lloyd moved to Stratford as an 18-year-old to study for a degree in Communication Studies at UEL.

“The course was perfect,” she said. “It really spoke to me, and being in London made it the best place for media networking."

“The mix of study and real-life work experience made all the difference. It’s UEL’s unique selling point.”

Ms Lloyd's career has included a number of senior director and producer roles on many household shows, including I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Pineapple Dance Studio, CBBC’s The Big Performance, and Ramsay’s Costa del Nightmares.

In 2013, she joined the Twenty Twenty production company as a series editor for the Channel 4 hit show First Dates, which captures the nerves and excitement of hopeful singles brought together for a restaurant blind date.

She was promoted to executive producer in 2015, making a number of well-received changes, including the introduction of beloved French maître d' Fred Sirieix.

In 2016, Ms Lloyd and her team were nominated for a BAFTA TV award in the 'Best Reality and Constructed Factual Show' category. Ms Lloyd now works for ITV as a factual entertainment commissioning editor.

Ms Lloyd said, “I’m still learning and being inspired by the industry. Don’t get me wrong, there will always be set-backs, but if you’re resilient and determined, you’ll succeed.

“You’re the future of the media industries, and we need you, your skills, experience, and knowledge. So be brave, work hard, be kind and you’ll go far.”