11 December, 2014, by Gemma Morgan-Jones

Product Design Showcase

On Wednesday 10th December, the University of Nottingham welcomed over 20 business leaders to a unique showcase. The event, hosted by 25 of our brightest Product Design students, showcased some of the outstanding designs from their Product Design and Manufacture degree courses.


The event presented a chance for businesses to preselect some of the top, fresh talent in the country for graduate jobs. There was also an opportunity to write a student project brief.

Student projects provide a fantastic way for businesses to access our talent to work on their product ideas; an opportunity many businesses in the room were keen to take advantage of. A number of conversations took place between students and businesses about how they could work together to develop new products.


Nottingham has one of the top 3 Product Design courses in the UK; a fact that came as little surprise to the businesses in the room, having witnessed the quality of the work on show. Unlike many other design courses, at Nottingham there is great emphasis not only on product aesthetics but design for manufacture, material specifications and ergonomic sciences. The resulting products are not only beautiful and functional, they are properly costed and genuinely fit for the production line.

The following selection of photos pick out some of the highlights of the event, but if you’d like to find out more about Product Design and Manufacture at Nottingham, or how to engage our students in a project, please get in touch.


Above and below: Product Design students add the finishing touches to their display boards.

Blog5Below: High quality visuals bring the designs to life.


Below: Emma Hartley, President of the Product Design Society provides a warm welcome and introduction.



Below: Simon Harrison, course director, gives an overview of how to engage our students in a project for your business.


Below: Lively conversations take place between businesses and students.Blog1


Below: Delegates commented on the confidence and professionalism with which students presented their work.


Below: Networking continues throughout the morning.Blog92Blog94Blog6Blog7

Delegate Stewart Trewern, of Rapid Expansion Systems Ltd, said of the event:

“We were hugely impressed by the innovation, presentation and professionalism of the work displayed at the event. The passion and understanding with which the students discussed their projects revealed the depth of their skills and shows the University of Nottingham to be a clear leader in the field of bringing high class product designers into the market. Rapid Expansion Systems Ltd is keen to partner with one or more of the students we spoke to, to work on our projects, with the intention of bring new talent into our team at the end of the project period.”

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