Designed for Life

Tony Ryan CEO Design & Technology Association

This is the official podcast of the Design and Technology Association. 'Designed for life' aims to entertain, inform and inspire, bringing the worlds of business and industry together. Design and Technology is a wide-ranging curriculum subject that, along with qualifications in other facilitating subjects, can open doors to students across an ever-increasing breadth of career. England was the first country in the world to introduce this subject to its mainstream curriculum offer in 1988. Where we led others, have followed and in various guises, it is now taught in countries around the world including India, Australia, China, USA, France and Finland. This podcast consists of a series of short, informal conversations with people from across the worlds of education, industry and design. The intention is to help to link business, industry and education, as the solutions to tomorrows problems are being educated today!

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Designed for Life - In conversation with Carra Santos
3d ago
Designed for Life - In conversation with Carra Santos
In this episode, we are delighted to be in conversation with Sustainable Futures Educator and Interpreter Carra Santos  Carra came from a rural upbringing in Northern Ireland. She was 'promoted' a year aged only four years old, a decision that, when played forward, saw her heading off to Leeds and a foundation course aged seventeen with a suitcase full of clothes and belongings and a bag of art brushes! In this podcast, we follow her journey from this rural upbringing to her current position influencing and educating business leaders to see their role in creating a sustainable future by not only reducing their negative impact on the environment; but also increasing their positive impact. The power to change our collective habits and start to reverse the damage inflicted on our planet is in our hands, we know what to do and I guess most of us are aware of the urgency of action, but for some, the leap to another way of thinking, acting and living is a step too far, they need to be helped through a series of small positive steps that collectively add up to substantive positive impact. In a nutshell, that's what Carra does as she works with business leaders both in the UK and internationally to change mindsets and encourage positive actions. Carra wants business success to be measured on more than growth and profit made, but instead wants new criteria to be introduced, such as the concept of business contentment...when is enough, enough? When do staff well-being and retention become key success criteria? Carra challenges the concept of capitalism and suggests that there are deeper, more important success measures that we should all be using. I found this to be a very thought-provoking podcast, I found I had as many questions as I had answers at the end of it but it has encouraged me to want to dig deeper. I don't run a multi-national company but small individual change matters. Carra mentions the book 'Citizens' by Jon Alexander and Ariane Conrad within the podcast, a book that I am now avidly consuming. You are on your holidays, so pull up a sunlounger, pour yourself something long and cold and enjoy Designed for Life, in conversation with Carra Santos. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Carra Santos
3d ago
Designed for Life - In conversation with Carra Santos
In this episode, we are delighted to be in conversation with Sustainable Futures Educator and Interpreter Carra Santos  Carra came from a rural upbringing in Northern Ireland. She was 'promoted' a year aged only four years old, a decision that, when played forward, saw her heading off to Leeds and a foundation course aged seventeen with a suitcase full of clothes and belongings and a bag of art brushes! In this podcast, we follow her journey from this rural upbringing to her current position influencing and educating business leaders to see their role in creating a sustainable future by not only reducing their negative impact on the environment; but also increasing their positive impact. The power to change our collective habits and start to reverse the damage inflicted on our planet is in our hands, we know what to do and I guess most of us are aware of the urgency of action, but for some, the leap to another way of thinking, acting and living is a step too far, they need to be helped through a series of small positive steps that collectively add up to substantive positive impact. In a nutshell, that's what Carra does as she works with business leaders both in the UK and internationally to change mindsets and encourage positive actions. Carra wants business success to be measured on more than growth and profit made, but instead wants new criteria to be introduced, such as the concept of business contentment...when is enough, enough? When do staff well-being and retention become key success criteria? Carra challenges the concept of capitalism and suggests that there are deeper, more important success measures that we should all be using. I found this to be a very thought-provoking podcast, I found I had as many questions as I had answers at the end of it but it has encouraged me to want to dig deeper. I don't run a multi-national company but small individual change matters. Carra mentions the book 'Citizens' by Jon Alexander and Ariane Conrad within the podcast, a book that I am now avidly consuming. You are on your holidays, so pull up a sunlounger, pour yourself something long and cold and enjoy Designed for Life, in conversation with Carra Santos. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Ruth Amos
Jul 8 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with Ruth Amos
In this episode, I am delighted to be in conversation with award-winning British inventor, YouTube Channel host, presenter and professional speaker Ruth Amos.Ruth's future took a massive diversion when she was tasked with designing a mobility aid for a member of her design and technology teachers' family who had suffered a stroke. The task quickly escalated from a school GCSE project to a potential business as it became evident that there was no equivalent solution on the market, and Ruth started to receive requests to buy a product that, at this stage, was in prototype form only. On the back of this project, Ruth was  named Young Engineer for Britain in 2006, and the decision was made to abandon any thoughts of university and instead set up her company to manufacture and sell the coming years, Ruth built on her initial success and became involved in several companies, at one point acting as an advisor to the UK government. More recently, Ruth has teamed up with her colleague and fellow Young Engineer for Britain Shawn Brown, to start a YouTube Channel aimed at harnessing and embracing the creativity of young people, and Kids Invent stuff was born channel has been featured on local and international news outlets as well as primetime TV and, to date, has received over two million views. Take a look...It's madness personified, but I love it!It was an absolute pleasure to talk with Ruth as she shared her journey from D&T GCSE project to inventor and business entrepreneur. So grab an hour of me time, walk the dog, take us to the gym, or simply pull up a comfy chair, and enjoy Designed for Life in conversation with Ruth Amos.This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for life - In conversation with Professor Ian Green MBE
Jun 15 2022
Designed for life - In conversation with Professor Ian Green MBE
How do you move from 'table 6', the table at the back of the classroom for the lowest achievers, to being recognised in the New Year Honours List for "services to apprenticeships and STEM education"?Listen to the latest episode of Designed for Life, and you will find out! Ian Green is currently Learning Specialist at British Volt and a Professor of Practice at Newcastle University. These roles follow thirty years as Head of Global Training for Nissan. As part of his work, Ian set up one of the most impactful Industry/education programmes in the UK, positively impacting over 70,000 students. Ian's primary school experience left him woefully lacking skill and confidence in mathematics. He was delivered a timetable that included art every day, "I still can't draw", and maths only once every two weeks. In secondary school, Ian realised the value of a good teacher as his maths teacher took the time to explain problems and mathematical solutions differently. He made progress fast, leaving school with eleven GCEs and a CSE Grade 1 in mathematics. Ian moved onto an engineering degree programme and progressed rapidly as his newfound thirst for knowledge served him well.    A major car crash changed his direction as his recovery was slow, and he realised he could no longer stay on his feet all day. A shift to Training and a Masters in HR followed as he side-stepped into his new career. The outreach programme he started at Nissan has grown from small beginnings to a comprehensive offer from the Japanese manufacturer to education in the North East. Ian nurtured this programme from vision to the entity that it is today. Ian left Nissan earlier this year, and good people aren't allowed to retire, as he was swiftly picked up to work with British Volt. The possibility of helping build a major engineering project from scratch was too good to turn down. At the same time, Ian is completing his professional Doctorate as he explores ways to make engineering more attractive to young women. This was a fantastic conversation with an engineer with a brilliant tale; I know you will love it!This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Oyemen Okes
May 19 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with Oyemen Okes
We are delighted to bounce back with this episode in conversation with Dyson Institute graduate Oyemen Okes after a short break. Oyemen's journey to Dyson was serendipitous. She overheard a conversation between a fellow student and a teacher and set off to learn more about what Dyson had to offer. We talk with her about her journey to the institute, navigating the detailed application process and what the experience has offered her in her professional journey to date. For those unfamiliar with the Dyson Institute, the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology is now a higher education institute in its own right, offering a unique experience for students with a passion for problem-solving and a fascination for how things work. Set up in 2017 and based at the Dyson technology campus in Malmsbury, it offers a unique degree experience with two days a week spent studying and three days on-site working with the Dyson engineering team. Initially accredited by Warwick University, the Institute is now recognised in its own right and is now empowered to accredit its degree course. Oyemen talks us through her journey from A Level D&T, Physics and Maths to her current position as she reaches the end of her degree studies and enters full-time employment with Dyson as a qualified engineer.I loved Oyemen's quiet confidence and humility as she describes her journey and looks forward to finding her "mission" with Dyson. I just know you are going to enjoy this one! So sit back and listen to Designed for Life in conversation with Oyemen Okes.This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Alison Hardy (EPI Paper discussion)
Apr 13 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with Alison Hardy (EPI Paper discussion)
In late February, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) released a research paper on the current plight of design and technology education in England, 'A spotlight on design and technology study in England'. The Design and Technology Association is proud to be one of the facilitating partners for this research alongside The IET, ERA Foundation, Foster and Partners Architects and the James Dyson Foundation.   In truth, the paper does not tell us much that we did not already know or suspect of the subject's current position in English schools; what it does do is provide a sound, data-driven evidence base for conversation, projection and growth. The subject needed this foundation on which to examine the issues in-depth and plan a strategy for development. In this podcast, we temporarily abandon the usual format of Designed for Life, and I spend some time discussing the paper and its possible implications for the subject with Dr Alison Hardy, Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University.  Many of you will know Alison, but for those that do not, she is steeped in design and technology experience and has taught and led the subject in schools before moving on to teach and research D&T at Nottingham. She is also the founder and host of the Talking D&T podcast, which I highly recommend. This conversation forms a small part of the Design and Technology Association's plans to bring a debate about the future of D&T to teachers, subject leaders, senior staff, headteachers and governors, business and industry leaders and policymakers before we bring a clear message and potential solutions to the issues that exist to Party Conferences this autumn.So put those headphones on, sit back and enjoy Designed for Life - In conversation with Dr Alison Hardy. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Matthew Cockerill
Apr 6 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with Matthew Cockerill
In this episode, we are privileged to be in conversation with independent strategic design consultant Matthew Cockerill. Matthew concentrates on helping companies accurately position their future direction and focus by identifying what he terms their 'near future' opportunities.  Not crystal ball gazing into the future and predicting what lies ahead, more pinning a destination down to what is possible within a given time frame (normally 6/8 years) and then working back from point. Using his expertise and insight, Matthew has helped some of the world's biggest brands and some of the most ambitious startups solve complex and ambiguous design challenges. We follow Matthew's journey from school through his degree to foundation years at DCA Design International, Samsung Electronics (in Seoul), Seymourpowell, to his current role as an independent consultant. In the pod Matthew talks of the importance of working "left of brief", really identifying a problem and setting a brief that is accurate and liberating for the work that follows. This work is set within a  strong belief that many potentially successful design projects are scuppered at an early stage through a poorly identified brief. Matthew also talks to us about how he now uses his gained experience to lead workshops helping fellow designers to more comfortably fit into leadership roles and how he is working with MyBigCareer to inspire school-aged students to want to learn more about the world of design. This podcast is a little longer than normal at sixty-five minutes as it was really hard to cut the good stuff! We are delighted with the outcome and know you are going to enjoy and learn through this podcast with plenty of thought nuggets to make you want to dig deeper. You can find out more about Matthew, including his latest thought pieces and examples of his work through his website podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Jamie Robinson
Apr 3 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with Jamie Robinson
This episode represents a slightly different approach to the podcast as we look at the world of coding and data sharing through the eyes of an entrepreneur and business owner.Jamie Robinson is the founder and CEO of Mashoom, a solution that Jamie initially designed while he was a second-year student at UCL studying Mechanical Engineering; and needed a solution when all of the data for a Formula Student racing car that his team were designing and making was lost when a team member departed.  After looking for a commercial solution and finding the cost-prohibitive and the products 'over-engineered,' he set about designing and making his own solution. Much to the surprise of all involved, including his university tutor, he created a solution that worked well, and in a stroke, Mashoom was born. Jamie talks us through his journey through school and university, through DJ'ing at some of London's best-known clubs, to his position today as the owner of a successful and growing company. Through the podcast, Jamie is offering a trial of Mashoom to any schools out there that might find the product helpful. Detail on the product can be found at and Jamie can be contacted on Twitter here @JamieTheMashManThis podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - International Women's Day Speech - Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE, FREng, FRSA, FBCS
Mar 7 2022
Designed for Life - International Women's Day Speech - Dame Stephanie Shirley DBE, FREng, FRSA, FBCS
In this special episode of Designed for Life, we celebrate International Women's Day with a very special speech given by Dame Stephanie Shirley.Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH is an ardent venture philanthropist with an unrelenting energy for creating positive change. She arrived in England as an unaccompanied child refugee at the start of the Second World War, and in 1962 started a software business from her dining table, which grew to employ 8,500 people and was ultimately valued at almost $3 billion.Motivated to share the rewards of her success with a society that had extended such generosity to her as a child, Dame Stephanie decided to give away her wealth. Now in her late 80s, she is driven by a lifetime of extraordinary experiences and achievements and still dedicates every day to making her life one that was worth saving.We know that you will enjoy listening to Dame Steve's message for a day that is very close to her heart and one that the Design and Technology Association is proud to celebrate with female students and women across the UK. So sit back, relax in 30-minutes of 'me time' and enjoy Designed for Life, celebrating women's achievement across the UK with Dame Stephanie Shirley. PS. If you are inspired to read a signed copy of Dame Shirley's book 'Let it go', please email Lynn@steveshirley.com. As stated in the podcast, it is a unique and inspirational read, and all proceeds from sales made through this link are sent directly to her charity Autistica.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Paul Jenkins
Mar 1 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with Paul Jenkins
Imagine taking two of your passions in life and turning them into a successful business. This is what Triple Double Studio Founder and Creative Designer Paul Jenkins has achieved in many ways.  Paul has always set his own path. A careers interview towards the end of his GCSEs did not go well. He went in with a plan and was bluntly informed that he would fail if he didn't drop this and take a more conventional route through A Levels. His response "I stopped listening before the end of the interview; I knew what I had to do".  Triple Double takes Paul's two passions in life, basketball and design and combines them in a way that empowers young people. In his words, "We are a creative studio that unleashes how youth engage in sport and education, using the power of design and creativity to transform their lives." Paul believes that if we listen, really listen to the needs, fears and aspirations of young people; we can work creatively with them to effect real change, a process that Paul calls Co-Creation. This is an inspirational story of a studio working differently and with a set of values running through its very core. So sit back, put your headphones on and listen to Designed for Life in conversation with Paul Jenkins. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with George Cave
Feb 18 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with George Cave
George Cave is an Interactive Technologist, Design Engineer, University Lecturer, TEDx Speaker, Team leader and founder of his own business, Interaction Magic this conversation, we explore George's journey from Reading School through Bristol University, where he gained an MEng in Engineering Design where he, and others, developed a re-configurable submarine weapon handling and discharge system as part of his final year work. George cut his teeth as a designer at DCS Studio in Warwick Where he worked on a wide range of products, specialising in pharmaceutical design. He then went on to work in design both in the UK and Austria, where he lived for over three years before setting out on his own with Interaction Magic. In the pod, we explore some of the many 'poke statements' on his personal website; statements designed to provocate and start a discussion, for example:"Designers bring concepts but struggle to transform them from a sketch into the real world. Engineers execute the vision but often miss the understanding of why people behave the way they do. This is the gap I bridge. The engineer that designers want to work with."George also talks us through his fairly recent appointment as a university lecturer at Salzburg University, where he teaches Interaction Design and Technologies. I found this to be a fascinating and stimulating conversation with a designer who by his own admission, feels he has yet to reach the top of his game but is clearly a major thought leader within the sector. So sit back, plug the earphones in and enjoy Designed for Life - In conversation with George Cave Interaction Technologist.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Jonathan Robin Industrial Designer
Feb 4 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with Jonathan Robin Industrial Designer
We love this episode with Industrial Designer Jonathan Robin. Jonathan was born in Rio da Janeiro and experienced a truly international upbringing with a French father and American mother. Following a relatively traditional educational experience in Rio, he transitioned to initially study Law before realising this was not for him and switching courses to Industrial Design, in which he graduated three years later. Since graduation, Jonathan has worked in small startups to more prominent design agencies across continents. He has designed everything from street furniture for a new tram system in Rio to vending machines, electric scooters, ceiling fans...the list goes on. In this podcast, we discuss the design process in some detail and how professional designers also experience the excitement of taking on a new brief, through to the sticky patch that inevitably hits most designers as they progress through an iterative design process, through to the joy of building and setting a design free into the market. Jonathan worked for Sapetti, a boutique design consultancy based in Switzerland where he worked for a number of international clients and worked on a range of designs, including working on an exoskeleton to support workers who routinely had to stand (or sit) in unorthodox positions that would otherwise result in back and repetitive strain issues. Jonathan currently works for GHD, a UK based brand that develops and commercialises consumer electronics for hairstyling and currently lives in the UK. He hopes to actually see some of London's sites as we finally exit from the COVID pandemic!Jonathan's excellent work can be viewed on his microsite contact details are on the site, and he is happy for any teachers or students to reach out to him to talk about industrial design either by email or through LinkedIn. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Colin Mendoza
Jan 28 2022
Designed for Life - In conversation with Colin Mendoza
This episode of Designed for Life is with the entertainment-focused business developer, sales strategist, coach and team leader Colin Mendoza. Colin and I first met almost five years ago when we were introduced by a mutual friend who knew we were both interested in how mindfulness and meditation could bring greater levels of wellbeing to UK students. Colin was born and brought up in London, moved to Hull to attend university but has made his living in America, where he moved post-university. Salaried posts with MTV,  NBA and Sony Music allowed him to learn and fine-tune his skills and vision before setting up his agency, 'Highgate' in 2002. In this podcast, we follow Colin's journey from the UK to America, explore the work that he carries out through Highgate Agency, and touch on some of the differences that may exist between taking an entrepreneurial pathway in the UK and the USA. Colins BioSpecializing in developing sales and entertainment brands worldwide, Colin is an adventurer who enjoys defying the odds and conquering difficult situations. He started his career licensing sports programming to the Middle East and continued by creating branded blocks for MTV in eastern and southern Europe to promote awareness for the main channels. Originally from England but now lives in the US, he is ready to be dropped by parachute ( not quite..but close) into new areas or far-flung countries. Extensive experience in various genres, including sports, music, animation, drama and reality, as well as working with a range of companies such as IMG, MTV, NBA, Sony, Fuji and American Greetings. So sit back, put the earbuds firmly in place and enjoy Designed for Life - In conversation with Colin Mendoza. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support. Colin can be reached at colin@highgateagency.com
Designed for Life - In conversation with Andrew Walton
Dec 9 2021
Designed for Life - In conversation with Andrew Walton
Andrew is a Design teacher who for the last four years has worked at Dulwich College Beijing. We reached out to Andrew having seen the quality of work produced by his students showcased on social media and this conversation has so much to offer,  for educators and students worldwide. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, Andrew followed an unconventional pathway to his teaching career, first following a route to engineering and, realising this was not for him, switching to EFL teaching and packing everything that he owned into a large rucksack and heading to China. After a few years of travelling that included some time spent in South Korea, it was Andrew's wife that suggested that he might want to take teaching seriously. It turns out this was not a bad idea and they returned to New Brunswick where Andrew qualified as a teacher and taught for two years in a local school. This experience was challenging, and in Andrew's own words the experience "took the shine off something that he loved" and Andrew returned to China and an educational institution but this time in a position within school communications and marketing. Once a teacher it sort of stays in the blood, and Andrew returned to teaching and is doing some amazing work with his students in Beijing. This conversation touches on personal growth, pedagogy, the need to acknowledge but then learn how to silence the inner critic that exists in us all, but mostly this is a powerful story of personal growth and how to become the very best that you can be. Huge thanks to Andrew for sparing us the time in a busy schedule to record this podcast. In the pod, we reference Andrew's website We also mention the Nik Ramage and artist and sculptor, who can be found on Instagram or here at www.nikramage.com Finally we reference the Stoic Coffee Break podcast - available on all platforms.  So sit back, relax and enjoy Designed for Life - In conversation with Andrew Walton. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Ewan McIntosh
Nov 16 2021
Designed for Life - In conversation with Ewan McIntosh
We are delighted and privilidged to be able to talk with Ewan McIntosh in this Episode of Designed for Life, the podcast brought to you by the Design and Technology Association with the support of our friends and sponsors at The Edge Foundation and PTC Onshape. Ewan has built a reputation leading projects around the world for clients in education and industry, and is internationally reknown as  a pioneer of design thinking for learning in the classroom. Ewan is the passionate and energising tour de force behind NoTosh a company that he founded to help people to think differently and change the way that they function as individuals, as part of a team and as part of an organisation. He’s a highly-regarded keynote speaker and host at events around the world, marrying intense prep work and a natural capacity to listen and shine a light on the best stories participants have to share.As a French and German high school teacher in Scotland, Ewan wanted to find new ways to help students engage with learning – he felt strongly that technology was both critical to achieving this and remained underused in the classroom, so his classes were among the first in Europe to podcast and blog as part of their daily learning. The classroom also resembled a French cafe complete with coffee and the smell of warm patisserie. A hula hoop placed at the front of the classroom was the only place you could stand if you wanted to speak English...the same rules applied to the headteacher as they did the students, as he wanted them "immersed in language". Ewan spent three years taking these ideas to schools around Scotland, as National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures for the Scottish Government. Joining Channel 4 as their Digital Commissioner in 2008 was a step in a different direction. But it was while he was with Channel 4 that he became fascinated by the strategies and tactics that his creative colleagues used to create imaginative and truly engaging digital services for young people. Could he take this insight and make it work in an education setting? Yes, I reckoned he could... and that’s how NoTosh came about.This is a fascinating conversation with so many learning points for teachers, educators and leaders in any capacity. So grab yourself an hour of 'me time', find a chair, take a walk, take us to the gym and listen to Designed for Life; in conversation with Ewan McIntosh. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Helen O'Sullivan
Nov 11 2021
Designed for Life - In conversation with Helen O'Sullivan
This episode of Designed for Life follows the journey of a teacher who from day one of her career has worked tirelessly to make sustainability and conversation around this critical topic the very centre of her classroom practice. Introduced at a very young age to the concept of making her own clothes by her nan, Helen has always been motivated by the need to conserve resources and not buy into consumerist fashion trends. Helen has come to education and learning as a mature student following an underwhelming experience at school as a student. The fact that she has just started a PhD is testament to the progress that she has made both personally and professionally over the last eight years. On joining her school (Penryheol Comprehensive School, Swansea) she immediately set about introducing elements of sustainable thinking to her textiles classroom. Supported by an open-minded Head of Department this work has spread across all aspects of the departments work with the seventeen UN sustainability goals providing a framework for learning in D&T. The introduction of the new Curriculum for Wales provided the opportunity for the school senior team to look at best-practice within the department and explore how this might influence the wider curriculum and whole school planning.Helen has involved her students in outreach work, has recently started a PhD at Portsmouth University in the faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, looking at how sustainability can work better in primary schools through organised parental/family workshops. She has also been involved in the Chariocity Project instigated by the Centre for Circular Design if you ever wondered just how engaged young people can be in involving themselves in the worlds sustainability issues, then sit back, plug those earphones in and listen to Designed for Life - In conversation with Helen O'Sullivan. Teachers can access free resources for Helen's projects and standalone activities (inc the garment worker profiles and SDG passport) from the SustFashWales Education pages on the website here: (primary is in progress, but there are resources on KS3 already).This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with WMG Academy (1)
Nov 11 2021
Designed for Life - In conversation with WMG Academy (1)
This podcast offers something a little different as we talk to staff and alumni students from WMG Academy for Young Engineers, a UTC situated in Coventry. For those unfamiliar, UTCs or 'University Technical Colleges' to give them their full title are government-funded schools with a heavy STEM curriculum focus. The original UTCs filled with students from age 13/14 (year 9) to the sixth form, although a small number have since received government permission to recruit from year 7 (11 years old).  WMG Academy opened just a little over seven years ago and from day one set out to connect with local business and industry, offering SMEs and multi-national companies the same opportunity to assist in curriculum delivery through talks, workshop participation and providing both case studies and context for student learning.  The UTC movement inspires and informs young people by showing them the plethora of opportunities available within the engineering, manufacturing, digital and design sectors. In this podcast, we are fortunate to be in conversation with:Andrew Kyprianou - Head of Faculty for Engineering and Design at WMGChloe Copeland - Apprentice Civil Engineer Atkins and alumni of WMG AcademyReece Stowe - Apprentice Civil Engineer (Planning and Project Control) Balfour Beatty and alumni of WMG AcademyJosh Oldham - Manufacturing Degree Apprentice - Aston Martin and alumni of WMG AcademySo sit back, plug those ear pods in and enjoy Designed for Life - In conversation with WMG Academy for Young Engineers podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
In conversation with Richard Heayes
Oct 7 2021
In conversation with Richard Heayes
This episode was recorded some time ago but I have held it for release in the buildup to Christmas; so please do excuse the format not being quite the same as the latest pods. In this podcast, we are privileged to be in conversation with Richard Heayes a master of toy and games design.   Richard trained in Industrial Design but, through a combination of chance and serendipity, transitioned over time into the guru of games and toys that he is today. Richard was Principal Designer and Global Design Director for over eight years for Hasbro, one of the biggest game and toy companies in the world and owners/makers of such well-known brands as Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and Taboo.  In this time, he managed everything from design through to manufacture and marketing of 'memories in a box'. Seven years ago, Richard set up his company Heayes Design which prides itself in its holistic approach to game and toy design, manufacture, marketing and distribution. He now uses his wide expertise and the empathy that is second nature to him as a designer to bring ideas to life and ultimately to market.What makes a good game? Richard's response:-  Is it inclusive? Does it make you feel smart? No one wants to feel stupid playing     a game-  Is it social? Does it encourage social engagement?-  Does it make you feel happy?So grab a tea or a coffee, pull up a chair and listen to Designed for Life in conversation with Richard Heayes. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Hannah Keating
Oct 6 2021
Designed for Life - In conversation with Hannah Keating
One area that we perhaps did not explore enough in series one is the first steps that young people take into industry either through the degree route, apprenticeships or other employment with training. As the very purpose of these podcasts is to inspire, energise and help create the workforce of the future, it seems natural to explore the journey of some young people as they take their first tentative steps into work and a carefully chosen career. With this in mind, in this episode, I was delighted to be in conversation with Hannah Keating. When we recorded this a short while ago, Hannah was a couple of days away from stepping into a graduate trainee site engineer role with Laing O'Rourke. Hannah describes her journey through school and how she balanced a time-hungry love of sport with her studies both at school and as she completed her Master's Degree at Swansea University.  How a visit to an HS2 site with her uncle sparked a flame to want to be involved in "creating something good and worthwhile" through civil engineering, and how working in a bike shop and an Irish pub, surrounded by male colleagues has prepared her to confidently step into the still male-dominated position of a site engineer.   So pull up a chair, plug in the earbuds and enjoy Designed for Life in conversation with site engineer Hannah Keating. This podcast has been recorded with the help of our sponsors, The Edge Foundation inspiring the education system to give all young people across the UK the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to flourish in their future life and work, and PTC Onshape Providing industry-standard cloud-based CAD to education  are indebted to both The Edge and PTC Onshape for their continued support.
Designed for Life - In conversation with Ming Cheng (Urbanist)
Aug 5 2021
Designed for Life - In conversation with Ming Cheng (Urbanist)
With some stating that the last eighteen months are simply a 'blip', a disruption of business as normal and expecting us all to quickly return to where we were in early March 2020; while others are stating that all that COVID-19 has done is speed up a change process that was already inevitable...just where does the truth lie?In this first episode of Season Two of Designed for Life, I talk with Planner, architect, urbanist and university lecturer Ming Cheng RIBA MRTP about his somewhat unorthodox journey to his current position and how he thinks we will repurpose our workplaces and town centres to suit better a more flexible way of working, shopping and living. Ming is a Registered Architect, Chartered Town Planner and Urban Designer with over 20 years of experience in design and regeneration. His experiences range from working on designing residential and cultural buildings to large scale future planning for university campuses and growing communities in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. In the podcast, Ming explains how we can and should use empirical data as evidence to design and possibly rethink urban spaces. This was a fascinating conversation on a topic that will affect us all in the coming months and years. So welcome back to Season Two. For those in education - welcome back to a new and hopefully less demanding term, kick off your shoes, settle into a cosy seat and enjoy Designed for Life in conversation with Ming Cheng.Brought to you with the help of our sponsors and partners The Edge Foundation and PTC Onshape.