Success at The Engineers for People Design Competition Grand Final!

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Our Product Design and Development Engineering Degree Apprentices from Renishaw Engineering, representing Gloucestershire College and UWE Bristol, made it through to the top six teams before being named Runners Up in this year’s competition.

Run in partnership with Engineers Without Borders, the Engineering for People Design Challenge encourages university students to broaden their awareness of the social, environmental and economic implications of their engineering solutions, through a project-based learning pedagogy. This challenge also forms part of UWE Bristol’s Engineering Practise module Project Week.

This year 1339 teams (around 8000 students) from UK and Ireland universities participated in the competition with 102 teams submitting their designs to be judged by 234 professional reviewers from 32 countries. The top 35 teams were invited to a finals event on July 1st, where they pitched their idea to a panel of 22 expert judges. Our brilliant team of apprentices then made it through to the Grand Finals along with five other teams before being awarded the Runners Up Prize.

A huge congratulations to Marcus, Charlie, Eleanor, Oliver and Ezra! We’re all immensely proud of your fantastic achievement.

The team’s design, an Implementation of Biodigesters and Oxidation Ponds, provides a cost-effective and low maintenance solution which seeks to improve the sanitary conditions and economic prospects of Lobitos and Piedritias, in Peru. This new system would remove and treat wastewater, whilst also providing clean drinking water, solid and liquid fertiliser, and building materials. You can learn more about their design idea here.

The Product Design and Development team presenting their Biodigester project

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