My Pad


Over the past year students from Automotive and Transport Design have worked with tutors and staff from the Art Shop (our own specialist in-school shop) to produce new high-quality Coventry University branded bleed-proof paper that is comparable if not superior to stock available from established providers such as Schoellershammer and Letraset.

Students were encouraged to partake in this process by entering a competition for the cover picture. Two student’s renderings were chosen: Mitch Johnson and Nguyen Ho Dac.

The pads are now available in our shop to buy!

SH (TN ed.)

Foreign Correspondance


It’s always a pleasure to hear from our graduates, and it’s easy to forget how far students travel to study with us (and how far they go when they leave us!). A recent update from Sisi Xu (MDes Product Design graduate and ex-student rep extraordinaire) informed us about her business success, collaborations with Quanzhou Normal University and awards. Congratulations Sisi!


Making A Stand


Students from Interior Design and Architecture have been working on the Build the Bandstand competition since September in collaboration with the Friends of the War Memorial Park. Six designs were shortlisted in November for a new park bandstand. The artwork and models for these six, are currently on a roving exhibition across Coventry:

War Memorial Park Coventry, Visitor Centre – 4 to 9 January
Coventry Central Library – 11 to 17 January
West Orchards Shopping Centre – 18 to 24 January

2015 Roundup

Happy New Year!

The finish to 2015 was so busy that we didn’t have time to post! Here’s a brief round up of some of the things that happened last term…

University of the Year

Coventry University was named University of the Year 2015 at the Times Higher Education Awards. Vice Chancellor John Latham said: “This is a landmark achievement for Coventry University and a just reward for our collective successes over the past few months and years. This award is open to all higher education institutions and competition is fierce. During the judge’s visit, we showcased everything that makes Coventry University outstanding – our staff, our students, our business links, our research and our ability to innovate.” Read more here >



The Industrial Design department is no more! In an exciting reshuffle of the University’s portfolio, the Automotive, Transport, Product and Interior Design courses now fall under the School of Art & Design in the new Faculty of Arts and Humanities. We welcome our new colleagues from Architecture and Humanities!

MA Automotive Design & MA Vehicle Interiors Degree Show


The 2015 MA Automotive Design & MA Vehicle Interiors Degree Show: Shift took place at the Coventry Transport Museum in December, showcasing self-initiated individual research projects and a display of the collaborative project with Jaguar Advanced Design.

The exhibition featured a private view event which was followed by a week long public opening for visitors to view the proposals which are based on innovative thinking, application of technology, processes and how they can be applied to the futuristic world of the automotive industry. View the image gallery here >

Another Red Dot

2014 Product Design graduate Adam Haynes is part of the design team at Cambridge Consultants responsible for the KiCo smart insulin pen, which was awarded a prestigious Red Dot award in September. Read more here >


Design Innovation in Plastics

2015 Product Design graduate Martyn Billings was awarded 3rd Prize in the Design Innovation in Plastics Competition for his “shock-absorbing, non-conductive, non-sparking polymer hammer”… Martyn was awarded £250 and a placement with PDD in London. Read more here >

Here’s to an equally successful 2016!


Next Generation


The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award judges with winner Nicole Agba

2014 Graduate Nicole Agba has won the prestigious Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award. Nicole was crowned the winner at The SMMT (The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) annual dinner on Tuesday 25 November.

Nicole’s winning entry to the design competition was a concept for a biometric steering wheel that could put an end to drink-driving, immobilising the car automatically if drivers are over the legal limit. It also detects signs of fatigue, anger or nervousness, using smart fabrics to monitor the driver’s heart and respiration rates.

Nicole’s prize includes 2 week blocks of work experience with the five main sponsoring companies: JLR, McLaren, Peugeot, Skoda and Toyota, as well as a cash prize of £7500.

“The Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award was launched in 2009 by Autocar in partnership with Courland International and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and was created to highlight the ingenuity, potential and sheer brainpower of UK-based students. Five years on, it’s now widely regarded as the leading competition of its type” – Autocar

BC, TN ed.

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.


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

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.


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.”


Information sourced from original post here >