Moving On Up

The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015

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Coventry University has moved up the Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2015 league table by 3 places, taking us to 42nd overall (the highest any post 1992 University has ever achieved). We have also been named ‘University of the Year for Student Experience 2015′ and, for the second year running, ‘Modern University of the Year’.

The University was also shortlisted for the overall ‘University of the Year 2015′ category (awarded to our neighbours The University of Warwick) – this (of course) remains a future aspiration.

Well done us!

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ID Win Prestigious Red Dot Awards

Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2014 / Red Dot Design Ranking

Students at Coventry University have beaten over 4,750 entries from 63 countries to win what is considered an ‘Oscar’ of the global design industry, and have helped the University achieve a number one ranking for design in the UK.

Led by Senior Lecturer, Clive Hilton, two groups of postgraduates (Team Pangea and Team Hercules), have won the Red Dot ‘Best Concept Award’ and ‘Best of Best Concept Award’ respectively in recognition of their designs for an innovative earth-digging excavator, which were conceived as part of a collaboration with Leamington-based global engineering consultant Ricardo plc.

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The design from Team Hercules, which was one of only 40 to be awarded the ‘Best of Best Concept’ accolade

MA Automotive Design Graduate Flying High in Beijing

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MA Automotive Design graduate, Can Huang, has secured a graduate job with Hyundai in Bejing. Can was presented with awards for ‘Best Model’ and ‘Best Concept’ at the University’s industry private view earlier in the year. He then submitted a winning design entitled Sustainable Future Sports Car, which generated interested from leading publication Car Design News.

Following this success, Can has managed to secure a graduate position in Hyundai Motors, Beijing. Can will be working as an Exterior Designer for Hyundai and said: “This role offers fantastic opportunities to work on live projects and carry out that work in a great environment with the best facilities.”

Can continued: “I’m looking forward to working in a professional design environment, working on production cars, competing with experienced designers in both the China studio and the other three studios in the world. I get instruction from experienced designers, which has improved a lot of my sketches and design ability.”

 

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Teaching + Learning Excellence

Coventry University Teaching and Learning Conference
Teaching and Learning Excellence Awards
26 – 27 June 2014

ID staff  from Automotive and Transport Design were honoured with an award at the recent Teaching and Learning Conference:

Employability: Automotive and Transport Design
(Nick Hull, Brian Clough, Alan Barrett, Elaine Mackie, Aysar Ghassan, Simon Grand, Lawson Swinfield, John Owen, Shaun Hutchinson, Richard Barrett)

“The Auto & Transport Design course is the top course in the world in terms of student prizes won. Not only does graduate employment remain at a very high level, but also requests to present Internationally to the industry and to other educational institutions, together with the industry commissions for live student projects and research by specialist staff, all speak to the close relationship between the course and industry and the high level of employer engagement. Careers advice is integrated throughout the course, leading industry figures visit to give talks to students, impressive placement opportunities are available. The students learn to be global leaders in their field, the success of many alumni evidences the course’s ability to deliver on this agenda to the highest level.”

Clive Hilton (MSc Industrial Product Design / MSc Design and Transport) was nominated for Inspirational Teacher of the Year.

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Erasmus Student Wins International Design Prize

Product Design student  Zahari-Petar Radev has recently won second prize in the Rapid.Tech Student Design and Engineering Awards (out of 1800 entries), winning €1000. He entered the competition during his Erasmus Work Placement in Bayreuth, Germany.

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Zahari at the Awards (3rd from Left)

He said: “It is a very prestigious competition. Rapid prototyping and 3D printing is the future and to have a prize in this arena shows that I am proactively seeking out solutions for the future. The judges liked my idea because it was innovative. The prize money will come in very useful but the networking I have experienced through the placement and the competition are more valuable than anything.”

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NewDesigners 2014

ID have two stands at this year’s NewDesigners exhibition at the Business Design Centre in London, which is open to the general public from today.

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Automotive & Transport Design

The show began yesterday with a VIP and Press preview, during which we enjoyed awards success with Product Design graduand Alex Daniels finishing runner up in the Business Design Centre New Designer of the Year Award 2014 (Part 2). This was arguably the highest accolade of the evening awarded to an Industrial Designer (first place going to Graphics). Alex was presented with his trophy, a cheque for £500 and a bottle of Absolut vodka by keynote speaker Sir John Sorrell. Alex’s design for a walking aid caught the judges’ attention by innovatively addressing an un-glamorous design problem. They commented: “Taking on an unglamorous product, Alex has brought a fresh new approach and an elegant solution to the walking aid. He has made it into an inclusive product suitable for both the elderly and injured.”