Re-purposing metal from oil rigs: Pupil venture wins award

College students from Northumbria College have been lauded for tasks together with work on the sustainable re-use of metal on the earth’s longest working awards scheme for design.

Eight college students from the College’s Design for Trade BA (Hons) course had been shortlisted in 5 out of the 9 potential classes of the 2021-22 RSA Pupil Design Awards from the Royal Society of Arts, Producers and Commerce (RSA), greater than twice the variety of college students than from another College.

Of the eight, Jai Mistry’s Chalo kawana (Let’s eat) gained the accolade within the Wholesome Hearts class, taking a look at how we would enhance cardiovascular well being and deal with well being inequalities, whereas Jonathan Birch was profitable within the Metal Enchantment class, which seems to be at how we would apply round economic system ideas to extend and encourage the re-use of metal from decommissioned oil platforms.

Jonathan’s work, named Transfer with the Tide, was shortlisted on this class alongside two of his fellow college students, Hector Owles and Sam Willcox. Collectively, the trio made up 60 per cent of the contenders within the working for the Metal Enchantment gong.

The entire awards have a good time the work of rising designers who need to make a distinction, with winners receiving their prizes at a ceremony in London.

4 extra of Jai and Jonathan’s friends had been additionally shortlisted for awards within the prestigious scheme, which is now in its 98th yr. They had been: Francis Corridor for the Railspacecommunity artwork gallery venture, which was within the working for the Transformation Station award, given to tasks that leverage unrealised areas as catalysts for communities to thrive, Angus Douglas for InnoTraits, a part of the Hybrid Dwelling class, which seems to be at how we would enhance the expertise of hybrid working, and Harriet Almond and Rob Swan for his or her Dots and Strip Treatment tasks respectively – each a part of With out the Waste, taking a look at how we would use round economic system ideas to rethink the storage, supply and allotting of pill remedy.

Andy Haldane, the RSA’s Chief Govt mentioned: “These awards symbolize the easiest of what the RSA is about; discovering and empowering gifted younger individuals, serving to to showcase their imaginative and prescient and utilizing the ability of the RSA to supercharge their efforts.

“Large congratulations are because of all of the winners – they be a part of the ranks of a number of the best designers in trendy reminiscence. There are some severely spectacular concepts within the combine this yr, and will probably be very thrilling to see how the prize cash will assist take them to the subsequent degree.”

Senior Lecturer and Programme Chief Ian Hewitt, who teaches all eight of the shortlisted candidates mentioned: “The thought, creativity and innovation that has gone into every of those tasks highlights how a lot we’ve got to look ahead to when it comes to future design, with expertise and pragmatism demonstrated in equal measure.

“I couldn’t be extra proud to work with these expert and intuitive people, all of whom are greater than worthy of this recognition. As a division, we’re extremely proud, as all eight people ought to be, and I look ahead to celebrating all these achievements with them.”

Earlier winners within the RSA Pupil Design Awards embrace Northumbria alumnus, Sir Jonathan Ive, former Chief Design Officer at Apple. This yr’s judges included Nerys Anthony, Director of Youth Programmes and Innovation at The Youngsters’s Society, Frank Anatole, Principal Architect at Community Rail, and Valerio De Vivo, Head of Transformation at LEGO Design. 

Northumbria College is ranked fourth within the UK for its analysis energy in artwork and design within the Analysis Excellence Framework 2021, with the analysis surroundings given a 100 per cent ranking as each world-leading and internationally glorious.

Uncover extra on-line in regards to the Design for Trade course. To see the respective imaginative and prescient of all of the profitable entrants from this yr’s awards, together with Jai and Jonathan’s work, go to