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31 May 2018

Gold for Design School Students at Starpack Awards 2018

43 Loughborough Design School students entered a digital submission across seven out of the eight available briefs within the Starpack competition 2018. All 43 were shortlisted and 23 were awarded a prize or highly commended.

Three students were Gold Award winners, two of whom are still in their first year at the school.

Edward Hepworth, who’s a first year Industrial Design and Technology student at Loughborough Design School, was awarded Gold and Sponsor 1st prize with his product ‘Portion Pots – Packaging to reduce food waste’. On his winning design, the judges commented it was a ‘fantastic concept and mock up. Answers every aspect of the brief and more’ adding that it is an ‘original idea and outstanding thought process on next steps of packaging and end of life’, concluding that they were ‘blown away’.

Megan Jackson, who’s on her placement year and also on the Industrial Design and Technology course, won gold and was the sponsor winner with her product Hidr8 360 which the judges thought demonstrated a ‘very strong, clearly deep thought process and was very well presented’.

Chesca Atender, who’s in her first year on the Industrial and Technology Design course, was awarded Gold and sponsor winner with ‘GivTea’ a gift set and a luxury tea line for certain moods. On GivTea, judges commented on it ‘innovative and interesting shape, great stack-ability’ and commended her on her excellent research and great design.

There were also six Silver winners, six Bronze, and eight Highly Commended awards.  In addition to their Awards, Megan Lincoln, Wei-Ling Huang and Chun Hei Lee also won the Silver Sponsor’s Award. Theodore Dickson wins the Bronze Sponsor’s Award.

Three students who entered this year were on placement, using the competition as additional experience before returning to their final year. A further two students were in Part B, with the remaining 38 students in Part A of their studies.

Dr George Torrens, module leader for Industrial Design Studies 1, said: “This is great news for our students and a fitting reward for all their hard work”. He went to say: “We currently have a great support team of staff in Karl Hurn, Dr Rhoda Trimingham and technical tutors. The addition this year of PhD students Nikki Clark, Salman Asghar and Nick Johnson has provided a new dimension to the support we provide to our students. Nick Johnson is himself a former Student Starpack winner and Nikki Clark is a former Starpack judge. Salman is also a lecturer in the Product and Industrial Design Department, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan.”

This is the third year of multiple winners in the Starpack competition for Loughborough Design School students, the majority of them Part A.

The awards ceremony will now take place on 25 June, at the IOM Headquarters, 297 Euston Road, London NW1 3AD.