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.

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!


Top 5!

BIDA Design School Survey 2015


In a recent poll undertaken by BIDA (the British Industrial Design Association), over 1000 design practitioners were asked to share their experience. BIDA’s question was simple: “Which design schools create the most employable BA, BSc or BDes industrial or product design graduates?”

Respondents selected up to 5 design schools, from a list of the current 70 institutions in the UK. Participants included a good cross section of industry (31% being employers of industrial and product designers, a further 52% are employed as industrial or product designers, 8% freelancing, with 9% academics, students and others).

Coventry University placed 4th with 16% of the vote.

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!


Degree Show 2015 in Pictures

Industrial Design Degree Show 2015
28th May – 4th June


Interior Design: Show One

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 (for the first time) Interior Design. The show has attracted many important visitors including representatives from Jaguar Land Rover, Sprue Aegis, Dyson and Bentley (to name but a few). Many of the students have received awards and offers of employment already…

Our continued affiliation with the Coventry Motofest drew further visitors in over the weekend. Cesar Pieri’s exhibition of painted Jaguar Bonnets at Fargo Village (a joint venture with ID) was also a success.

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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Recent Coventry graduate Timur Bozca has been crowned Young Designer of the Year in the 2015 ShowBoats Design Awards for his project Cauta (beating 33 other entries).

In the judges’ opinion, his design was “unique in its Dynarig sail plan, which, in combination with what was considered to be a very proficient, forward-looking exterior design, created an accomplished yacht of striking appearance.”

Congratulations Timur!

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Inaugural Win

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David Rowles, one of our third year students, scooped the top prize in the inaugural Superyacht UK Design Competition at the CWM FX London Boat Show.

Sharing his views of the competition, David said: “It has been an amazing experience as I am totally enthused by boats. The competition has presented a lot of opportunities and there is so much to be achieved from being involved. It will also help to get us recognised. The invitation was a nice surprise, and I entered without hesitating.”

– Extract from Superyacht UK. Read more here >

TN (ed.)

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

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