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30 May 2019

Success at RSA Awards for Design School Students

The RSA Student Design Awards recognises projects by students and recent graduates that use design to solve social challenges.

Each year the Awards challenge emerging designers to engage with a range of design briefs covering a wide range of issues, and Loughborough Design School students took on the challenge with great success.

Elliot Butler was the winner of CIM Award in the “Alone Together” category, which is centred around loneliness and how this can be combatted.

His project “Cove” is a safe digital environment for young carers to meet, share experiences and advice, accompanied by a haptic sensory wearable, to enable young carers to keep in touch with their relative at home, providing them with reassurance and confidence to expand their social circle. 

He chose the Alone Together brief because loneliness has been highlighted as such a relevant and important social issue. Loneliness has a profound effect on many social groups, especially young adults, who have been found to be the loneliest individuals in the country. Cove aims to help young adults whose social isolation is also heightened by a care role, which dominates their lives, leaving them with nobody to confide in.

On his win, Elliot commented

“I feel very honoured to have been selected as the winner of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Award, and I have very much enjoyed developing Cove to its current stage.”

Elliot also won “Young Innovator of the Year” at the Leicestershire Live Innovation Awards earlier this year based on other Loughborough Design School project work. 

Emma Sutcliffe was the winner with her design “Travel Ease” for the “Hidden Figures” brief.

She met the brief to design a way to break down the physical, organisational or attitudinal barriers that people with hidden disabilities or impairments can face in society. Emma’s Travel-ease is a system that enables independent use of public transport for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It provides the user with consecutive short instructions in an accessible format and reassures the carer or parent by providing discrete feedback through a wearable. She was the winner of Kinneir Dufort Placement Award and Joint Winner of The ODI Award.

Also in the Hidden Figures category, Jack Strachan was commended for his Project: Empowering Employees with Autism in the Workplace.

In the 'Circular Emergency Brief' Hannah Raynor was highly commended for her design “Apto” which aims to reduce unused single use plastic in medical care. Her user centred solution aims to improve emergency medical care and reduce stress.

See here for more information on the winners.

The awards ceremony will take place on 19th June. Congratulations to all.