The five-day event at the University’s Knights Park campus gave graduating students the chance to unveil their most recent masterpieces before hundreds of potential employers.
Furniture and product design student Thomas Quinn was one of the students who intrigued the audience with his handiwork. The 20 year old from Farnborough has designed a lawn mop, which he believes could be the ideal tool for the modern, urban garden. “Garden design has moved away from rectangles of grass mown in strips,” he said. “I wanted to come up with a product that could cope with irregularly shaped or surfaced lawns – a cross between a strimmer and a lawnmower that cuts and collects grass.”
Thomas’s project included researching the market, developing his ideas through drawings, finalising the concept and building a full-sized model.
“I really enjoyed devising my product and working through the problems which needed to be solved,” he said.
Associate Dean Harri Ap Rees described the show, now in its eighth year, as an important springboard for students’ careers. “We are confident that many of them will be offered jobs on the basis of what potential employers have seen on display,” he said.