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Made in Brunel: Redefining the next generation of designers

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Hundreds of visitors attended the opening day of this year’s Made in Brunel exhibition – the University’s annual showcase of innovative talent emerging from Brunel Design.

Held at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Made in Brunel features an impressive range of diverse final-year projects, demonstrating the creativity and innovation which this year saw Brunel named one of the UK’s top universities for the study of design.

Introducing guests to the show in this year’s event brochure, Head of Design Ian de Vere noted that the 2017 graduating class “demonstrate the values that industry has come to expect of Brunel graduates: creative, inspired, informed, responsible, motivated, and highly employable”.

“This student-led initiative presents a new generation of innovative thinkers with great potential to contribute not only to the UK’s creative and manufacturing industries, but also to a more equitable and sustainable future,” he said.

Made in Brunel 2017 - the culmination of a year of pop-up events, talks, and collaborations with industry - is titled ‘Redefining’ [a design showcase], with students redefining and finding new ways to tackle problems through the medium of design, and - throughout their four years at Brunel - redefining what it means to be a design student and next-generation design professional.

Made in Brunel is organised and promoted by Brunel students with the support of the University, led by Director of Development and Alumni Relations Clive Gee, who notes that “once you’ve organised one of these events, there is little in the workplace that will be intimidating or look like too great a challenge”.

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At the show’s opening evening event on Thursday 15 June, Brunel Industrial Design graduate and entrepreneur Courtney Wood (above) was among speakers to address students and visitors with a talk on his journey from ‘Brunel to the boardroom’.

Major projects on display across three floors of the Bargehouse cover a variety of sectors, including lifestyle design, service, inclusive, technical and healthcare.

Read more about a selection of student work – including Jason Knight’s skateboards pressed from melted plastic bags, and Alexi Vesaluoma’s structure built from mushrooms – on the Brunel news pages, or visit www.madeinbrunel.com.

The Made in Brunel exhibition runs from 15 – 18 June 2017 (11am-6pm) at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London.

Follow @madeinbrunel for more information and updates

Reported by:

Sarah Cox, Media Relations