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4 July 2005 PR 05/69

Student designers scoop innovation prizes

Three talented final year students from Loughborough University’s Design and Technology Department have been awarded cash prizes for their latest inventions.

The students, who will be graduating from the University later this month, recently showcased their work at the Design and Technology Show 2005, where hundreds of innovative product ideas were revealed, many as working prototypes.

Loughborough University Enterprises Ltd and local networking organisation, LATI, teamed up to offer Innovation Prizes to reward some of the most inventive designs on show and encourage the students to consider exploiting their ideas commercially.

Judging each design on its innovative merit, presentation and commercial viability, three winners were selected, with the top prize of £250 awarded to Drew Duncan for designing Sensu Air Flex, a re-usable cast for ankle injuries, designed to accelerate fracture healing.

Simon Farmer received the second prize of £150 for his inventive Motorola Social Hub concept, sponsored by the company. The third prize of £100 was awarded to Allister Hodson for his design of a small portable smoke, intruder, baggage and personal alarm for backpackers, designed to withstand the rigours of a typical travel experience whilst being compact, light and easy to use.

“We are very keen to reward the work of the Department’s most talented students,” says Marina Pickles, Student Enterprise Manager at Loughborough University and one of the judging panel for the innovation prizes. “It is fantastic to see students present designs that demonstrate such strong commercial potential.”


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  1. High resolution images of the winning students receiving the Innovation Prizes and with their prize- winning designs are available. Please contact Gemma Pendleton, email G.L.Pendleton@lboro.ac.uk
  2. LATI is a networking and support organisation for technology and knowledge based organisations and individuals with innovative ideas. LATI drives technology, growth and innovation in the region by organising company visits and networking events for high tech companies of all sizes. For more information visit http://www.lati.co.uk
  3. 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, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. 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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