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Made in Brunel Emerges in London

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Made in Brunel – a highly anticipated annual showcase of student design work – has wowed at the capital’s Oxo Tower for another year.

Inspired by the theme ‘Emerging,’ the student-led show ran from June 15-17 and featured an eclectic and diverse selection of crowd-pleasing projects, including gesture-controlled quadcopters, anti-eczema turtles and edible plastics.


“Brunel Design is fortunate to continue to attract such high-calibre students, who emerge from a demanding, industry-relevant curriculum, highly skilled and extremely employable in their chosen fields,” said Ian De Vere, Brunel University London’s Head of Design.

“On display this year was an abundance of creativity and innovation, underpinned by a user-centred approach and technical expertise. This year’s students have exceeded our expectations, bringing new vision and innovation to student-led initiative that is Made in Brunel.”


Prizes were awarded to some of the most eye-catching projects across the three days and there was a special presentation and warm send-off for retiring design technician Peter Bird, who had been with the department since its inception. 

Amongst the winning projects were Tiptap, a contactless payment system for buskers, which scooped the Tom Alton Award for its creator Emma McBride, and Ally, a wearable device for those overcoming sexual assault, designed by Josh King, which won the Santander Universities ‘Ready to Pitch’ award.

The Anson Fund Prize – set up and awarded by Brunel’s Professor Tony Anson for medical and biomedical engineering – was jointly awarded to Lauren Bell for Cosi, an eczema itch relief product for children, and to Andrea Siakalli for Rocket, a universal injection device.

Regarded amongst the best design courses in the country, Brunel Design were recently ranked 2nd in London in the Complete University Guide.

For further information on Brunel’s design courses, please visit www.brunel.ac.uk/design

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