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21 February 2012 | PR 12/35

Local students clock in at University for lessons in design

Ash Field School visit


Staff and students at Loughborough Design School have helped local school children turn their clock designs into reality using the University’s state-of-the-art design software and facilities.

Pupils aged 11 to 14 from Ash Field School in Leicester visited campus as part of a project to design and make their own clocks. The school caters for children and young people with physical disabilities, as well as other medical conditions and learning difficulties.

The project – one of a series arranged between the school and University over the last ten years – saw a team of Design School undergraduate and Masters students help pupils develop designs in the classroom before visiting campus to create their products using the latest CAD software and laser cutting machines.

George Torrens, lecturer at the Design School and a lead researcher within the field of universal and inclusive design, said:

“It was a very intense and enjoyable day for both myself, the pupils and staff at Ash Field School and the students who volunteered on the project.

“The pupils were able to create some fantastic products, and had a great opportunity to experience some of the design software, laser cutters and acrylics we have on hand in the department.

“Working with Ash Field School pupils and staff over the years has given our students an important opportunity to understand special needs requirements and provide them with a new insight into individuals with very different needs to their own.”

The collaboration between Ash Field School and students at the Loughborough Design School has been documented as a case study by George Torrens in a book chapter focused on inclusive and participatory design.

The sheet plastic materials used to make the clocks were donated by Artform International Limited, whose Prototype Manager Peter Deacon is a Loughborough Design and Technology graduate.


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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

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 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top 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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