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Shortlists Announced for 2017/18 RSA Student Design Awards

The first stage of judging - anonymous shortlisting -  is done, and we are pleased to announce the final shortlists. Congratulations to all finalists!

The final stage of judging is a series of interviews with finalists (running from 30 April – 10 May), where short-listed entrants are invited to discuss their competition entry and some of their other work with the judging panels.

Winners will be announced on 22 May 2018, and we’ll have a big Awards celebration at the RSA on 27 June.

2017/18 RSA Student Design Award shortlists

1. Working Well: Design a vision and business case for a way to promote greater wellbeing when people are at work, wherever that work takes place, that will contribute to higher productivity and better overall mental health.


For the best Design Project Award:

  • Adrianna Bilas and Kasey Ledger, University of the West of England
  • Joseph Campbell, University of Portsmouth
  • Emmanuella Collarini,  University of Northampton
  • Vincenzo Damato, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
  • Holly Humphries, University of Lincoln
  • Laura Van Krieken, Northumbria University
  • Hannah Lomas, University of Portsmouth
  • Alexandra Wiberg, University of Lincoln


For the best Business Case Award:

  • Eliza Baumgart, Northumbria University
  • Adrianna Bilas and Kasey Ledger, University of the West of England
  • Portia Jones, Laura Wells, Celine Deslaurier, Jefferey Cen, and Subul Wasi,  University of Waterloo
  • Alex MillsCasey Hargreaves, Liz Mirchan-Breckenridge, Katrina Schouten, Stephanie Donovan, University of Waterloo
  • Rhys Ritchie, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Hannah Schmidt, Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design
  • Ivana Stefanova, University of Northampton
  • Emiel Wolf, TU Delft


2. Sleep Matters: Design a product, service or system to improve health and wellbeing by encouraging and/or enabling better sleep.

  • Emily Brown, Loughborough University, and Sean Roberts, Northumbria University
  • Christie Hoggan, Edinburgh Napier University
  • James Macmillan,  Loughborough University
  • Joshua Payne, Falmouth University
  • Kieran Scott, University of Gloucestershire
  • Tara Wilson, University of Lincoln


3. Fair PlayDesign or re-design a consumer toy and its product packaging to eliminate waste, using circular design principles.

  • Halidu Abu-Bakar, Cranfield University
  • Murray Campbell, Northumbria University
  • Filipa Condez, Escola de Tecnologias Inovação e Criação (ETIC)
  • Helena Cowley, Loughborough University
  • Mae Foster, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins
  • Elly Skelton, De Montfort University
  • Lorenzo Soruri, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Shannon Williamson, Sheffield Hallam University


4. The Hygienic HomeDesign or re-design a floor cleaning product that will make cleaning easier and more effective, enabling older people to maintain their independence for longer.

  • Sam Cross, University of Derby
  • Kate Hunt, Loughborough University
  • Blair McIntosh,  Northumbria University
  • Hugo Parnell-Hopkinson, Birmingham City University
  • Ben Pointon, Loughborough University
  • Jon Schwarzmann, Tino Duralija, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana, and Franziska Schranz, FH Oberösterreich 


5. Fair Finance for AllDesign or redesign a way for people who are financially excluded to be better served by banks and other money management services.

  • Aaron Courts, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Emily George, Kingston University
  • Jay Kay, Isabel Kim, Kimberly Sin, Wensi Xu, Xiangyu Li and Yossi Tamara, LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore
  • Shreepriya and Andrea Bottia, Domus Academy, Milan
  • Jonathan Upton, University of Derby


6. Eat, Share, LiveDesign an inclusive and accessible and multi-generational kitchen space or kitchen component that works for all ages, as well as for disabled and non-disabled family members, so they can prepare, cook and serve food, entertain, engage in hobbies or work and enjoy life together.

  • Archie Ashford, University of Nottingham
  • Tim Chapman, University of Nottingham
  • Chung Hang Chiu, Heriot-Watt University
  • Tereza Chronakova, University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
  • Nora Costello, Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Pete Grenier, University of Nottingham
  • Dennis Lindberg, FH Salzburg University of Applied Sciences
  • Connor Musoke-Jones, Brunel University London
  • Jamie Webb, Kingston University


7. Wearing Intelligence 2.0Develop a design solution that utilises ‘advanced textiles’ (fabric that has been enhanced by new technologies) to improve well-being or the quality of people’s lives.

  • Edison BerishaLoughborough University
  • Will Broomfield, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Emily Clements, Loughborough University
  • Gabriella De Rosa, Goldsmiths University
  • Aaron Morris, Arts University Bournemouth
  • James Silverwood, Loughborough University
  • Fred Whitten, University of Nottingham


8. Moving PicturesConceive and produce an animation to accompany one of the two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content.

  • David Easton, Kingston University
  • Kathryn Fabian, Norwich University of the Arts
  • Cameron Gleave and Guilhem Boujassy, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Charlie Griffin, Arts University Bournemouth
  • James LyleArts University Bournemouth
  • Grant SaundersArts University Bournemouth
  • Tracy Satchwill, Norwich University of the Arts
  • Catarina Rao Vieira, Middlesex University
  • Max Wright, Arts University Bournemouth



Aug 2018 – Briefs launch + register your interest online

Mon 14 Jan 2019 – Competition opens for submissions via

Wed 13 Feb 2019, 4 pm GMT – Deadline for ‘early bird’ submissions at reduced entry fee of £25

Wed 13 Mar 2019, 4 pm GMT – Final deadline for online registration + submissions (£35 entry fee)

20 Mar 2019 – Judging begins (2 stages: anonymous shortlisting + interviews with finalists)

May 2019 – Winners announced

Jun 2019 – Awards ceremony