Winning Eureka library innovation announced

Published on 7 May 13

Final year student, Jade Brodie, has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned the Eureka! Library Innovation Challenge winner at The University of Manchester

Hundreds of students have been sending in their ideas for innovative new concepts since February and eight finalists were shortlisted to pitch their idea in a Dragon’s Den style event.

The International Management with American Business Studies student scooped the £1,000 prize for her idea to free up much needed study space in the Library. The student from Stoke on Trent, who plans to forge a career in Business, was delighted to receive the prize at the event hosted by Ortis Deley, best known as a presenter on the Gadget Show.


The winning idea

According to her idea, the students, using their University ID cards, will log into a display which will register that their desk space is being used. If they leave the space for a long period of time, the display will then show that the space is available so other students can use it.

The lucky winner will now have the chance to see their idea become a reality and be used in the Library with some help from the innovation team, and funding from the University. Keep an eye out for news and updates on the development of the winning project.

"It was a brilliant day at the Eureka Final and all of our finalists did extremely well to get this far. The ideas were excellent, the pitches were great and it was a very difficult decision for the judges to make. It was a tough one to call." said Nick Campbell who organised the event.   

Jan Wilkinson, University Librarian, who was one of the judges said: "Each one of the shortlisted ideas had so many merits. It was so difficult to select the winner. Congratulations to Jade and commiserations to all of the other finalists who took part.

“It’s so exciting to see what a fantastic pool of talented students we have here at Manchester. Jade’s idea, I’m sure, will make our great resources at the Library even better.”

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