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.

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.

Poetry in Motion

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Photograph: Jane Ball

Alongside his busy teaching and research roles, Senior Lecturer in Automotive and Transport Design, Aysar Ghassan has been busy writing poetry for local bus provider Network West Midlands. Read his Poems on the Network here >


Aysar also writes a popular series of articles on design theory for Artsthread. the Design ‘Keywords’ already explored include Experience, Empathy, Storytelling, Participation and Authenticity. Read the articles here >


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!


For the Love of Making

Coventry University x Sitting Firm


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Students in their first year of Interior Design were taken on a guided tour of local craft-makers Sitting Firm this month. ID have a mutually-beneficial ongoing relationship with the company – working together on student placements and projects as well as exhibitions and designs for their own furniture collection.