Student shines in excellence awards

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A talented design student from Lancaster has been shortlisted as a finalist at the national Delight in Light industry awards, which encourage excellence in lighting design.

Ashleigh Cleet, BA Product Design students at York St John University, learned that her lighting products had been shortlisted from 74 submissions after 10,000 votes were cast.

Ashleigh, who has already secured a full time role as creative and technical designer at a York playground equipment firm, designed the shortlisted ‘Night Guardians’ – a family of night lights which aim to banish children’s night-time fears and create a friendly sleeping environment to help the child gain independence from an early age.

The friendly, ergonomic figures encourage children to handle the lights, and the simple design combines alternating colours and a speaker which plays a selection of lullabies.

Ashleigh said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity, I’m really excited to be exhibiting at such a influential design event.”

Warren Fearn, head of programme for BA Design at York St John University, said: “This is a well thought out lighting design, which has huge commercial potential.

“I think this is the tip of the iceberg for Ashleigh, who sits very comfortably in the top ten line-up in the Delight in Light awards.”