A Winning Evening

New Designers 2016 | Part 2


MDes Product Design graduand Chuko Cribb was presented with the Kingfisher Award during last night’s NewDesigners Awards Preview Evening at London’s Business Design Centre. The awards ceremony opened with a speech from Anthony Joseph of JosephJoseph, who reiterated the virtues of hard work and lifelong learning.

Kingfisher’s retail brands include B&Q, Screwfix, Castorama and Brico Depot, and the company has more than 1,100 stores in 10 countries across Europe. Chuko receives £1000 and a 6 week professional placement opportunity. We wish him all the best.


Plans are currently underway for summer exhibitions in London. Automotive, Transport and Product Design will be exhibiting their best graduates at NewDesigners and Interior Design will show for the second time at Free Range.

Dates for your diary:

NewDesigners: Part 2
06-09 July 2016
Business Design Centre / London (nr. Angel Underground)

Free Range: Interior Design & Architecture Week
14-18 July 2016
Truman Brewery / London (nr. Liverpool Street/Old Street Underground)


Degree Show 2016

27th May – 2nd June

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The following images represent a small proportion of the outstanding work at our degree show, which opened last Thursday with a private view for guests from industry. This year’s exhibition features the best work from students graduating in Automotive, Transport, Product and Interior Design.

If you’re intrigued to visit the show, then do hurry, as it closes this Thursday. Details here: covdegreeshow.coventry.ac.uk

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Multi-million Pound Design Centre to Open on Campus

A new multi-million pound centre of design excellence to support UK innovation in the transport industry and boost efforts to bridge a shortfall in essential creative skills will be opening at Coventry University in 2017.

The announcement of the National Transport Design Centre (NTDC) comes as a new report from the Automotive Council UK identifies a need for improved education provision for the vehicle design sector to meet urgent demand for creative roles such as modellers.

The NTDC – whose construction has already started on Coventry University’s Technology Park – is being funded through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the government’s multimillion pound Local Growth Deal, with an initial £7 million contribution.


Fourth Annual Interior Design Trip: Rome
14-18th March 2016

Tutors accompanied 59(!) Interior Design students to Rome at the end of March for a five day immersive cultural experience. The trip was subsidised by CU’s Centre for Global Engagement.


Senior Lecturer Richard Jones waxes lyrical about the Colossum

The city is positively overflowing with outstanding examples of Baroque, Renaissance, Neoclassical and of course Roman art and architecture (as well as a number of contemporary projects). Organised excursions were made, taking in works including The Colosseum, Palatine Hill, The Forum, PantheonFontana di Trevi and the Spanish Steps. Students also explored The Vatican (taking in St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel) and (the now late) Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI Museum as well as being given time to plan their own pizza/gelato-fueled adventures.

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.)