Made in Brunel, the annual flagship showcase for students from Brunel Design School, has been recognised for teaching excellence with a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) award from British higher education charity Advance HE. The awards are presented annually to highlight the outstanding impact of individuals and teams who teach or support learning at UK universities.
Made in Brunel – launched in 2006 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s birthday and the 40th anniversary of the university – gives students from across the institution’s design courses the opportunity to exhibit their end-of-year projects to industry professionals and the public.
Every new MIB exhibition is based around a different sub-brand and visual identity, chosen to match the new generation’s values and aspirations. The sub-brand links the teaching and learning activities for that year, bringing students, academics and technicians together to co-create a series of learning-focused activities centred around, and led by, students.
This year’s event, which took place at the Oxo Tower in London, highlighted a range of innovative products, including a headset to help deaf cyclists ‘feel’ traffic, a pay-as-you-go lighting system for rural Malawians and a fungal wall panel that can help tackle air pollution.
‘Each year, the Made in Brunel team takes pride to leave their unique mark while maintaining the core brand value and the highest quality of work,’ said Professor Hua Dong, head of Brunel Design School. ‘Made in Brunel has evolved to become a flagship of Brunel Design School, a cornerstone of the College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, and a symbol of excellence for Brunel University London. [It] is an example of extraordinary learning and teaching experience resulting from excellent student–staff partnership.’