Young Hartlepool designers headhunted by helmet firm

HEAD-HUNTED: Hartlepool College design students with a Ruroc ski helmet
HEAD-HUNTED: Hartlepool College design students with a Ruroc ski helmet

TALENTED college students have designs on success - after being head-hunted by a national firm.

Foundation design degree students have been selected by specialist full-face helmet makers Ruroc to help develop ideas to expand their product range.

The students at Hartlepool College of Further Education have already swelled their impressive portfolios by working with the likes of MINI UK, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, NHS, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Ad Astra Academy, Penguin Books and EDF Energy.

Gloucester based Ruroc produce specialist full-face helmets, which are used by Formula 1 pit crews and snowboarders.

Keith Bradley, the college’s head of school for design, multimedia & IT, describes the creative partnership as a phenomenal opportunity,

He said: “Ruroc is an exciting brand with exceptionally high standards. Working with live, high profile clients provides invaluable experience for the students to give them a real chance of success post graduation.”

The design work will commence at the beginning of December, running through until mid January, with students across multiple creative disciplines taking part, including graphic design, fabric and textiles, through to 3D product design.

Project leader, Michael Thompson, said: “It’s exciting as a Formula 1 fan and avid lover of snowboarding to be working with Ruroc on live commercial product development, with students creating ideas that we may be able to buy in the coming months, which will potentially be enjoyed by thousands of people all over the world.

“Our students are so fortunate to have opportunities such as this bestowed upon them, who knows which clients will contact us next?”