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7 November 2005 PR 05/106

DesignWeek needs company briefs!

The hunt is on for companies to offer real life briefs to be tackled by students from one of the best product design courses in the UK. In just one week, Design and Technology students from Loughborough University will generate many innovative product concepts for start ups and SMEs to blue chip organisations.

Medical Device for Huntley Healthcare by John Borrowdale

DesignWeek is a long running and highly successful initiative that enables students to engage with a company on a challenging project and deliver compelling solutions within a short timescale.

Companies which have successfully participated in Loughborough University’s DesignWeek include Audiotel International, BBC Audiobooks, Enlight Computers, Glow-Worm, Huntleigh Healthcare, Kennedy Hygiene Products and Schott Fibre Optics.

Runners' product for HBC engineering by Peter Hill

DesignWeek goes live in early February 2006 and is open to companies of any size, from any sector and any location. Initial commitment is straightforward; companies should contact Paul Wormald, DesignWeek coordinator, to devise a brief and prepare material to present to the students.

“This is a really rewarding initiative for both parties,” says Paul. “The companies can access exceptional design work which costs them nothing whatsoever. And once DesignWeek is finished, companies have the option to negotiate the project’s exploitation with the University.” He continues: “For our students, DesignWeek represents the opportunity to take on a real life client project from diverse industry sectors. This often acts as a spring board for further product development and commercial exploitation.”

Paul Wormald can be contacted by email P.W.Wormald@lboro.ac.uk or telephone 01509 222653.

More information about Loughborough’s Design and Technology Department can be found at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/cd

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Paul Wormald, Department of Design and Technology
T: 01509 222653, E: P.W.Wormald@lboro.ac.uk

Anna Seddon, Loughborough University Enterprises Ltd,
T: 01509 223445, E: A.J.Seddon@lboro.ac.uk

Hannah Baldwin, Head of PR, Loughborough University,
T: 01509 222239, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk

Notes to editors

  1. Photographs of previous Design Week projects are available.
  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities. The National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students, and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough's income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded four Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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