Product Design and Innovation Students awarded HSE’s Design on the Frontline Scholarships

Monday, April 15, 2024 - 14:15

Two final year students from the BSc Product Design and Innovation at Maynooth University have been awarded bursaries from the Health Service Executive to support the design of their unique healthcare-based products. Recognised through the national competition ‘Design on the Frontline,’ Laney Hyland Reilly and Andrew Meehan have begun their journey as healthcare designers using their final year project to make a difference in the care and rehabilitation of people post-surgery and post-fracture.
Both students have developed healthcare products that were recognised by the HSE as being particularly innovative.

Laney has spent the final year of her degree scoping and building a new product for self-assisted rehabilitation. The product is unique as it utilises interchangeable, colour-coded resistance bands to build strength pre-surgery and track post-surgery progress. Andrew has developed an innovative treatment for lessening muscle wastage caused by wearing a cast.
Both students were awarded a €1000 bursary to assist with the development and testing of their products. They will present their products at a national showcase, where a winner will be judged out of 10 other projects from across the Irish Design schools. They will also showcase their work at the national HSE Spark Summit in June. Additionally, their final products will be on view at the annual BSc Product Design and Innovation End of Year Degree show on Friday, 31st May in the TSI Foyer, Maynooth University.
We wish Laney and Andrew the very best of luck in the ‘Design on the Frontline’ competition and in their Design careers.