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16 August 2010 | PR 10/127

Enterprising creative graduates receive innovation awards

Emily Auger receiving first prize award (School of Art and Design)

Marina Pickles, Student Enterprise Manager (left) presents Emily Auger with first prize in the School of Art and Design Awards

Enterprising creative graduates had double cause for celebration recently as they were awarded their degrees and innovation prizes.  The eight students were recognised for the commercial potential of work they developed during their final year of their degree in either art or design.

In the Design and Technology Innovation awards, first prize of £400 went to Rachel Roberts for a system that keeps chocolate at its optimum temperature and uses impulsive techniques to increase sales.  Rachel developed the ingenious concept during her industrial placement where the majority of the independent stores she supported had problems keeping chocolate cool during the spring and summer months.  It didn’t take her long to realise this was a national problem with at least 26,400 stores suffering resulting in millions of pounds lost weekly for manufacturers and retailers.  Believed to be the first of its kind, Rachel’s Cadbury Impulsivity and cooling system is designed to fit next to the leading brand’s counter display.

Second prize of £300 went to James Martin for his novel snowboard backpack design and third prize of £200 went to Ian Friday for his insulated modular vaccine rucksack concept.

The School of Art and Design Enterprise Award first prize of £400 went to Emily Auger for ‘Dancing in Design’, a piece from her Degree Show collection consisting of a mixture of elaborate Perspex pieces, which have been covered in prints using a gloss laminate film.  Inspired by her passion for dance, Emily created prints using the technique of dancing with materials under a scanner. At first glance the collection looks like an ordinary interiors set up but when looking at each piece individually the viewer is drawn into a mini world of dance.

Second prize of £300 went to Sophie Kirkpatrick for ‘The duplex workspace, third prize of £200 went to Victoria Parry for ‘Nikkala Stott’ whilst Hend Krichen and Claire Bauling both received highly commended prizes of £100 for ‘The Hanging Chair’ and ‘Indigestible’.

Commenting on the graduates’ achievements, Student enterprise Manager, Marina Pickles said:  “The competition for these awards is always fierce and the class of 2010 proved no exception.”  She continued, “The prizes are a strong endorsement of the enterprising talent that is fast becoming a hallmark of our creative degree programmes at Loughborough.”

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For further information please contact:

Anna Seddon
Marketing Manager (Enterprise)
Loughborough University
T: 01509 223445
E: A.J.Seddon@lboro.ac.uk 

Notes for editors:

1. Photographs of the winners are available from Anna Seddon.

2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2009 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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