On the evenings of 12, 13 and 14 November, final year students from the product and industrial design courses were joined by over 120 industry experts and academics for the Major Project Industrial Review evenings. For the fourth year, a great cohort of leading design experts came to view the early stage work of our undergraduate design students’ Major Projects. The design experts provided some great advice and guidance to the students, helping to shape their project direction and provide useful connections for further support.
Students presented details of their initial project research and concept directions, many using initial “rough and ready” prototypes to help trigger in-depth conversations. Projects encompassed a wide variety of product and services from children’s toys, medical devices, lighting, cycling to wildlife. In addition, the review included over 40 collaborative student projects with organisations such as Nacco Material Handling, Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital Trust, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, Joseph Joseph, Fuse, PBFA, Craig Jones, Rolls Royce Motor Cars and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
The three evenings were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in attendance. Every year the support for these evenings seems to grow with many of the experts returning. They are continually surprised at the confidence and professionalism the students show, ‘Every year is even better than the last’ was the comment from one guest.
An addition to the evenings this year was the involvement of recent graduates from these courses. Several graduates were invited back to do a small presentation on what they are doing now, providing a great insight for the experts about the potential of the students they would be speaking to throughout the rest of the evening.