British Thornton & UWS KTP News

A collaboration between the School of Engineering and Computing and the School of Education on a Final Year dissertation project resulted in final year Product Design and Development student Stuart Ferguson working with British Thornton to develop a design for portable external storage for schools and early education settings. UWS is currently involved with a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with British Thornton, an industry leader in the design and manufacture of furniture for the education sector and Stuart was supported throughout the project by KTP associate John Grant. As external learning space is widened across a range of settings Stuart’s final year product was aimed to meet a gap in the market enabling equipment frequently used outdoors to be easily stored, ported and accessed by staff and children. British Thornton supported the manufacture of the prototyping and final product design manufacture. Gillian Johnston, Senior Early Learning & Childcare Practitioner commented “We love our new outdoor trolley.  With outdoor learning a vital part of the early years’ curriculum it is great that we can involve the children in selecting the resources to load up the trolley to enable them to have more choice when learning outdoors.”