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Shortlists Announced for 2018/19 RSA Student Design Awards

The first stage of judging – anonymous shortlisting – is complete and we are pleased to announce the shortlist!

The final stage of judging is a series of interviews with finalists (running from 29 April – 17 May), where shortlisted entrants are invited to discuss their competition entry and some of their other work with the judging panels.

Winners will be announced in May 2019, and we’ll have a big Awards celebration at the RSA in June.

2018/19 RSA Student Design Award shortlists

1. Circular Emergency: Design a product, service or system that uses circular design principles to make emergency medical care more effective.

  • William Innes, Loughborough University
  • Maire Kane & Hannah Grogan, National College of Art and Design, Dublin
  • Christopher Kay, De Montfort University
  • Matthew Peers, Loughborough University
  • Florence Piccinini & Lizzy Wright, Kingston University
  • Hannah Rayner, Loughborough University
  • Jack Wilson, University of Nottingham


2. Grand Station Designs: Design a way to reinvigorate and/or repurpose an ageing commuter train station building, utilising its existing structures and resources.

  • Ellie Boggans, London Metropolitan University
  • Sophie Cane, Norwich University of the Arts
  • Saskia Hinger, Anna Graber Alvarez, Marlena Zaborska, Vritika Lalwani, Harismran Juneja and Liz Ramos-PradoUniversity of the Arts London
  • Emmi Koskenvesa and Moa West, Arcada Finland
  • Ben Le Marchant, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Paz Moreno, London Metropolitan University
  • Josh Ryan, Teesside University


3. Citizens as Shapers: Design a solution that harnesses digital tools to increase the quantity and quality of citizens' participation in democratic processes.

  • Lucy Davidson, Kingston University
  • Thom Farrell, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins
  • Matt Fergusson, Arts University Bournemouth
  • David Friedmann, Northumbria University
  • Filip Jankowski, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Sean Oo, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA)
  • Harry Wingate, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins
  • Erin Woodford, The Manchester Metropolitan University


4. Beyond the Kitchen Table: Develop an inclusive kitchen product or spatial solution that enables people of diverse ages and needs to prepare and eat food, entertain, engage in hobbies or work and enjoy life together.

  • Sara Alber, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins
  • Ben Capern, University of the West of England
  • Kamiel Ceyssens, LUCA School of Arts - Campus C-mine, Belgium
  • Louis Farnsworth, De Montfort University
  • Jasper Heymans, LUCA School of Arts - Campus C-mine, Belgium
  • Dalia Kvedaraite, University of Dundee, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
  • Josie Skinner, Ravensbourne College of Design
  • Martina Spinacè & Giorgio Vivian, ISIA Roma Design, Italy


5. Alone Together: Accounting for how different groups in society are affected by loneliness, design a way to reduce its impact on one or more of the following: physical health, mental health, or access to services.

  • Charlotte Barry, Chelsea College and Art and Design
  • Elliot Butler, Loughborough University
  • Pritpal Chana, University of Nottingham
  • Rebecca Chesworth, University of Lincoln
  • Adela Glyn Davies, University of Derby
  • Brady Hansen, Middlesex University
  • Bethany Richardson, University of Lincoln
  • Faye Sedgewick, Northumbria University
  • Stephanie WardKingston University 


6. Harvesting Health: Design a product, system or service which uses sustainable food and farming to help improve people's health or wellbeing.

  • Millie Andrews, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Patricia Arguelles, Sofia Coelho & Valentina Orjuela, Miami Ad School, America
  • Jessica Coleman & Scarlet Pughe, Kingston University
  • Katerina Kyprianou, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Lewis Totty, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Kai Wang, Brunel University London
  • Mathilde Wittock, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins


7. Hidden Figures: Design a way to break down the physical, organisational or attitudinal barriers that people with hidden disabilities or impairments can face in society, to enable them to live their lives to the full.

  • Aleksandra Borowska, Ravensbourne College of Design
  • Emer Fitzpatrick, Grace Hickey & Kate McCauley, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Republic of Ireland
  • Maanasa MaheshVirginia Commonwealth University, America
  • Christian Martin, Nottingham Trent University
  • Maisie Read, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Jack Strachan, Loughborough University
  • Emma Sutcliffe, Loughborough University



8. Take Leave: Design a system, service or campaign to encourage or enable parents, employers or society more widely to embrace Shared Parental Leave.

  • Jake Cosgrove, Northumbria University
  • Gary Denholm, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • George Harrild & Liam MeadKingston University
  • Frank Mavin, Riley Nicholas & Hamza Qureshi, University of Bristol
  • Imogen Mepham, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Hannah Pimanava, University of Lincoln
  • Hannah Young, Arts University Bournemouth


9. Living and Dying Well: Conceive and produce an animation to clarify and illuminate the audio content provided, which explores why talking about illness and planning for death is important for people affected by serious health conditions.

  • Phillip Block, Middlesex University
  • Tom Campion, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Eve Cowan, Loughborough University
  • Kate Dennehy, National College of Art and Design Dublin
  • Emma McKell, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Edele Watters, Ulster University Website


10. Moving Pictures: Conceive and produce an animation to accompany one of the two selected audio files that will clarify, energise and illuminate the content.

  • Nathan Addai, University of Derby
  • Leanne Dooley, Limerick School of Art & Design
  • Aleksandra GlebockaUniversity of the Creative Arts, Epsom
  • Julen Goni, Edinburgh College of Art
  • Charlie Griffin, Arts University Bournemouth
  • Arthur Kearns, Birmingham City University
  • Sophie Pearson, Arts University Bournemouth






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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