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8 May 2007 PR 07/63

Pip has winning designs on 3M

Loughborough University Fine Arts student Pip Godfrey has won first prize and a commission to produce an original sculpture for the reception area at 3M Health Care’s Derby Road manufacturing site in Loughborough.

The 3M Design Awards programme was organised by the company in conjunction with the Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD), where Pip is a second year mature student.

Six students shortlisted for the awards had presented their concepts earlier this year to a judging panel made up of representatives from the company’s Loughborough site.

The winners were announced at a special ceremony at 3M Health Care attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Charnwood together with the students, their families and tutors. 3M Health Care director Gary Stapleton said the judges had faced a difficult task with such a high standard of entries and he congratulated the students on their impressive designs.

“The students all demonstrated professionalism in their presentations and great enthusiasm for the project,” he said. “Although all six designs were very worthy of recognition, a final decision had to be made.”

The Derby Road site is a centre for the development and manufacture of asthma inhalers and Pip’s winning design symbolises the delivery of the drug to the lungs. It incorporates a four-metre high stainless steel pole which suspends 40 glass spheres, representing the drug, over 12 large stainless steel spheres that represent the alveoli in the lungs.

“I wanted the sculpture to reflect 3M’s innovative drug delivery technology and to be a piece that fits well into its surroundings,” said Pip, a 40-year-old mother of two from Mountsorrel. “It was a wonderful surprise to win the award and a great honour to have my work commissioned.”

Prizes were also awarded to the two highly commended designs from students Zoe Carter and Wendy Mayer.

The 3M Design Award follows last year’s 3M Textile Design Award which led to the commissioning of artwork by LUSAD student Jemma Marshall. This is now on display in the company’s staff restaurant.

Alan Bunkum, Fine Art programme leader at LUSAD, said the award scheme had given the students invaluable experience in researching and developing an original concept around a design brief.

“It has been a great opportunity for all the students,” he said. “Live projects like this commission are so important in enhancing the students’ knowledge and understanding of the challenges of producing artwork for a site-specific project and in providing a real and professional experience before the students graduate.

“On behalf of everyone concerned at LUSAD I’d like to offer 3M a huge thank you for providing this tremendous opportunity.”

Pip’s completed sculpture is due to be ready to be installed at the site this summer.

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  1. About 3M
    3M is a $22.9 billion diversified technology company, creating innovative products that help make the world smarter, faster, healthier and safer. Well known 3M brands include Scotch, Post-it, Scotchgard, Thinsulate and Scotch-Brite.

    3M has pioneered innovation since 1902 and, today, invests more than $1.5 billion a year in R&D. It has applied its expertise in RFID technology to deliver biometric passports; it is using its understanding of the healthcare industry to provide hospitals with infection prevention solutions; and its digital signage offerings are set to revolutionise the way businesses communicate with their customers, their employees and the general public.

    3M employs 75,000 people worldwide to deliver more than 55,000 products to customers in some 200 countries. Its diverse technologies touch nearly every aspect of modern life, serving markets such as consumer and office, display and graphics, electronics and communications, safety, security and protection services, healthcare, industrial and transportation. 

    The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 3650 people across 15 locations, including ten manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, respirators, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems and secure documents.
  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university

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