RSA 2012 Student Design Award Winners


The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability in order to close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.

 This year the RSA Student Design Awards judging panels selected fifteen winners relative to ten different design briefs. Winning entries ranged from a product and rehabilitation scheme to improve the wellbeing of servicemen who have suffered the effects of improvised explosive devices, to ‘Mid-Way,’ a programme to be adopted by employers that helps people in middle age take time off to travel whilst maintaining job security.

Richard Watters, a final year Design for Industry student at Northumbria University, has won a placement at internationally renowned design consultancy Priestmangoode for his simplified National Rail ticket design. Instead of the commuter receiving their seat reservation, journey ticket and ticket receipt as three separate, but similar looking tickets, Richard’s ticket design features all necessary travel information on just one simple ticket, with a separate paper receipt as proof of purchase.

The RSA Student Design Awards scheme continues to be a paramount design competition for young designers looking to apply their skills to enduring social issues and real-world problems. In 2011-12, approximately 600 students submitted entries from over 65 colleges and universities around the UK as well as a few from new graduates and international students studying in Europe and Asia. Worth over £60,000 in prize monies, comprising cash and work placements, the RSA Student Design Awards provide financial and practical assistance to student designers starting out in their careers.

Past winners of the RSA Student Design Awards include Sir Jonathan Ive, Senior Vice-President of Industrial Design at Apple; fashion designer Betty Jackson; Andy Clark, who designed the Heathrow Express train; and Hot Springs radiator designer and founder of Priestmangoode, Paul Priestman.

The briefs for the 2012/13 academic year will launch on 1st September. To find out more, contact Sevra Davis at


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