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Tim's design is a mattress that will allow women to lie on their front during pregnancy in order to reduce back pain
Tim's design is a mattress that will allow women to lie on their front during pregnancy in order to reduce back pain

Internal News - 20 April 2006

‘Brunel-Factor’ Tim takes on the best in the West

Final year mechanical engineering student Tim Holsgrove finished as one of the runners-up in a television show dubbed the engineering equivalent of X-factor.

Produced for ITV1 as part of the celebrations surrounding the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, The Brunel Factor: Finding the Brunel of the Future celebrated one of the greats of engineering whilst aiming to encourage some of the ‘Brunels’ of the future.

Students from the University of Bath, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England (UWE) went head-to-head in a unique competition to create innovative engineering designs. These were judged by Andrew Kelly, Director of Brunel 200, Gordon Masterton, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and West-based engineer and inventor James Dyson.

Tim’s entry in the competition was an innovative design for an adjustable, supportive, portable mattress that will allow women to lie on their front during pregnancy in order to reduce back pain.

He has developed the mattress, which is hoped will provide other medical and holistic benefits, with an industrial partner for his final year project, and hopes to help develop its commercial potential over the coming months.

The team from UWE won the overall prize of £5,000 for their project on robots.

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