Graduating students poised to unveil project work at showcase event

Issue date: 23 May 2017

Work of product design students

Emerging talent at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) will showcase work at the annual Faculty of Environment and Technology Degree Show.

The event on Thursday 1 June, named Imprint, will see students studying architecture, product design, engineering, geography and computing unveil final year projects to the public, employers, family and friends.

New for this year's event is a special Employer Showcase session which will give students an opportunity to discuss their work with invited businesses.

As in previous years, the event will give UWE Bristol's students the chance to display innovative ideas for products and services which aim to fill gaps in the market.

Among the students exhibiting this year will be Molly Crofts, who has designed a reusable lunchbox aimed at tackling the growing amount of marine litter; Thomas Bedford, who has developed a portable kite power system which can generate electricity; and Jenna Schuetzle, who has created interactive learning material to help people with autism improve their interview performance and employment prospects.

Molly said: “As food packaging and plastic bags are among the most common items found in marine debris, I have created a reusable lunchbox designed to encourage people not only to use for homemade meals, but to request their food be served into it when purchasing pre-made or fast food.

“The lunchbox comes with a cloth styled in a similar way to the Japanese 'furoshiki' but I have redesigned it to transform into a reusable shoulder bag, eliminating the need to purchase or accept disposable bags. My product, Gyre (pictured, right), satisfies the growing demand for portable food containers and the increased pride people are taking over their food.”

Of his product, Portable Kite Power (pictured, left), Thomas said: “It's an experimental USB charging device, designed for people who live, work and visit remote, off-grid locations requiring access to significant amounts of energy.

“The unit harnesses the power of the wind in a unique way, using a yo-yo generation technique to produce comparably large amounts of clean energy to charge five volt USB devices quickly and reliably.”

Explaining the inspiration behind her product, Jenna said: “I wanted to do a project which would make a difference. Having spent three months researching autism, a condition I knew little about, I have gained valuable knowledge in the area.

“The government aims to halve the disability employment gap by 2020 but the National Autistic Society believes it will not achieve this without also halving the autism employment gap. This was a big justification and driver for me pursuing and developing my product, EMPLOYME.”

Degree Show organiser Chris English, head of technical services in the Faculty of Environment and Technology at UWE Bristol, said: “Every year our Degree Show celebrates the emerging talents from the four departments within the faculty, showcasing the innovative and inspiring project work of our final year students.

“As with previous shows, we're confident that visitors to this year's event will be impressed with our students' passion, determination and pride in their achievements.”

The Degree Show will be held in R Block, on Frenchay Campus, between 6pm-9pm and is open to the general public. Register for the free event here.

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