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18 February 2008 PR 08/19

Award proves all that glitters isn’t gold

A stunning water jug design, created by Loughborough University student Musa Butt, has won the prestigious Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Young Designer Silversmith Award for 2008.

Musa (22), who originates from Nairobi, Kenya, said: “I feel very honoured to have received this award. My design was inspired by the movement of water, especially water falls and fast flowing streams, and I’m looking forward to seeing the completed piece, which will be made from sterling silver.”

The Young Designer Silversmith Award is an annual design competition open to full-time UK-based students under the age of 30 who are on an approved undergraduate or postgraduate course.

Each year the winning student is invited to transform their design into reality under the guidance of a master-craftsman. Musa will begin creating his water jug on 3 March in the London workshop of leading British silversmith Clive Burr.

The finished piece is then presented by the Goldsmiths’ Company to the appropriate major museum nearest the student’s college or university for its collection of contemporary arts. On completion in October, Musa’s piece will be presented to the Castle Museum in Nottingham, with Loughborough University School of Art and Design (LUSAD) receiving a silver plaque in celebration of the success.

Musa, who is in the final year of his Silversmithing and Jewellery course, was awarded £500 as a personal prize, with £4,000 also allocated to enable him to develop his work in silver.

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  1. An image of Musa’s design is attached.

  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 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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