THREE students from Huddersfield University have been awarded prizes from an international company.
The students, who are all second years on the BSc/BA (honours) product design course, were asked to take part in a ‘live’ brief with DePuy.
DePuy is an orthopaedic company and part of the Johnson and Johnson group.
It specialises in products for the treatment of musculoskeletal systems that include joint implants and trauma devices.
The students, 20-year-olds Sam Poole, Ryan Collins and James McMullen, were asked to design products around the company’s mission statement Restoring the Joy of Motion, and asked to concentrate on three main themes.
Recovery: Ways of helping and enhancing the recovery period for people who have had joint replacements
Function: A way of tailoring implants for specific purposes or sports
Survivorship: Investigating the ways in which different factors affect the lifespan of joint implants, for example obesity compared to a more active lifestyle.
Alec Birkbeck, DePuy’s senior industrial designer and a former Huddersfield graduate in product design this year, got involved with the placement scheme at the company.
Through his links with the university he set up the brief in order to sample the students’ work before placement interviews, which will take place later in the year.
Sam from Kettering, won the award for research and testing, impressing DePuy with her ‘innovative first hand research’.
Ryan won the award for innovation.
DePuy were similarly impressed by James, from east Leeds, won the award for project evolution and feedback.
Mr Birkbeck said: “I was extremely impressed with the high calibre of research and development work carried out for this design competition.
“It far surpassed the quality and detail of work that we anticipated.”
Chris Howard, senior lecturer in product design at the university said: “All the students did extremely well on what was a very difficult brief.
“I think DePuy were surprised by the high standard of work, and we are looking forward to continuing links well into the future.”