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Student wins RSA award for maternity care product design


A talented Leeds Beckett University student has won the Royal Society of the Arts (RSA) Student Design Award for her design of a reusable maternity kit.

Emily Brook, who studies BA (Hons) Design Product in the School of Art, Architecture & Design was named joint-winner for her design which provides a safe, sustainable and comfortable solution for managing after-birth bleeding for mothers in The Gambia. She wins a paid, prestigious placement at Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) and a cash prize.

The brief, under the heading ‘Happy Birth Day’, was to design a way of ensuring that mothers and children in emerging markets have the greatest chance of survival in pregnancy and birth, and was sponsored by GSK. The kit that Emily designed includes four reusable maternity towels, two pairs of cotton underwear and instructions showing how the kit can be used.

The award was presented to Emily by David Constantine MBE, Founder Director of Motivation, who features with Emily in the image above.

The competition received over 1000 entries to the 12 design briefs set, with submissions from 21 countries.

Read more about the 2017 Student Design Awards Ceremony

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