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18 March 2003 PR 03/19

Loughborough lecturer receives prestigious gold award

Loughborough University lecturer David Poston is celebrating after receiving a gold award for his stunning jewellery designs in a prestigious awards ceremony in London. The award was presented to David for his innovative design of a two-part, 18ct gold bracelet, in the 'technology innovation' category at the Annual Goldsmith’s Craft and Design Council Awards last week. David, who is head of Silversmithing and Jewellery at the University’s School of Art and Design, also received a silver award in the 'Fine Jewellery Finished Pieces' category for his work on the same bracelet.

The award-winning bracelet, made from 0.3mm gold sheet, was produced using a novel laser-welding technique developed as part of an Arts and Humanities Research Board funded project, for which a patent has been applied. The bracelet was also commissioned by laser manufacturers Rofin-Baasel UK Ltd as an innovative example of the wide range of techniques now available by means of laser welding.

Other Loughborough success stories at the awards included undergraduate See Sun Yung, a second year Silversmithing and Jewellery student, who won a silver award in the trainee small workers category for her eye-catching design for a perfume bottle. Marta Herraez, a recent graduate, was commended in the trainee silversmith category for her coffee and teapot designs, and former Loughborough lecturer Kate Harrison was also commended for her fragrance container in the senior small workers category.

David’s bracelet and other designs will be on display from 10 April within the '30/30 Vision' exhibition at the National Centre for the Crafts in Pentonville Road, London. The exhibition will tour nationally later this year.

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Note to Editors:

1. The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards is an annual event, now in its 95th year. It is organised by the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council, with the support of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and other companies and individuals from within the industry. The awards are part of the Council’s ongoing programme to encourage and promote excellence in both craftsmanship and design among all those involved in goldsmithing, silversmithing, jewellery and the allied crafts, including trainees and students studying at universities and colleges. See http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk

2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 30% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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