9th March 2007




University of Lincoln students will be using their creative skills to help make a difference to communities in the developing world.


The University of Lincoln is in the final five to compete in the prestigious Audi Design Foundation, Designs of Substance initiative which challenges undergraduates with design briefs set by communities in the developing world.


100 students, mostly studying for degrees in Product Design, will consider how to use design to improve the lives of people with little or no money. It will require the students to design a product which could benefit the lives of a disadvantaged community.


This year the Audi Design Foundation has joined up with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to work on the project. UNICEF will choose an appropriate developing world community and will assist with the communications with that community.


A total of three students will win the initiative and the winners will be announced in June. The winners then get the chance to visit the community that they have designed the product for.


Previous communities chosen were shanty towns in Brazil and a township in South Africa.


The other universities selected for the initiative are: Kingston University, Middlesex University, Nottingham Trent University and Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.


For more information about the Designs of Substance initiative please contact Dave Bramston, Senior Lecturer in Product Design, on 01522 895077 or email dbramston@lincoln.ac.uk


For more information contact:

Sophie Gayler Communications Officer (Press and Media)

(01522) 886042 sgayler@lincoln.ac.uk

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