Student reaches finals of national design competition

Northumbria University student, Robert Miller.
Northumbria University student, Robert Miller.

A university student has reached the finals of a prestigious design award scheme.

Robert Miller, a second year product design engineering student at Northumbria University, is one of seven shortlisted finalists from 188 entries submitted in the annual Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition.

Students were asked to identify a traditional metal product and replace it with the next generation of product using polymers.

Robert, from North Shields, impressed with his Polymer TV antenna with improved design, functionality and sustainability, and goes forward to the final judging round on May 22, with the winner announced on July 3, going on to have a placement with Bayer MaterialScience, in Leverkusen, Germany.

In addition to a cash prize of £1,000 the winner will also have a work placement at PriestmanGoode.

All three top winners and four highly commended will receive cash and either training courses or placements with other award sponsors.

In addition, all finalists will be offered mentoring support and a year’s free membership of Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3).