University of Nottingham: Passing on our expertise

In the dynamic world of product design, staying ahead requires not only technical prowess but also a keen understanding of real-world application. At Centerline, we take pride in nurturing the next generation of product designers through our Managing Director, Neil White's integral role as an associate lecturer in the University of Nottingham's Product Design and Manufacture course for the past almost two decades.

Neil actively participates in module planning, delivers engaging tutorials and studio days, while providing insightful assessments, all from the vantage point of a real-world consultancy owner. This ensures that students receive not just theoretical knowledge but practical advice and critique that they can carry forward into their careers.

One of Neil's primary objectives is to help develop the next generation of product designers. He engages with students across various year groups, offering guidance and mentorship tailored to their level of expertise. Whether it's sparking creativity in first year students or refining the skills of final-year students, Neil is committed to inspiring and getting the best out of each individual.

The course itself has evolved significantly over the years, mirroring the rapidly changing landscape of product design. Neil has been instrumental in this transformation, advocating for relevant and practical modules that prepare students for the challenges of the workplace. His presence ensures that the curriculum remains dynamic and responsive to industry demands.

One area where Neil finds himself particularly useful is in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. By sharing his experiences and insights gained from leading Centerline, he provides students with a glimpse into the realities of the industry. This not only motivates them to excel but also helps them develop a clearer understanding of their career paths, giving them an insight into product development as a profession.

Internships play a vital role in this process, and Centerline has been fortunate to offer multiple 12-month placements to students from the University of Nottingham and across the UK. These internships provide students with hands-on experience within our design team, allowing them to apply their knowledge in a practical setting. In return, we benefit from their fresh perspectives and enthusiastic approach, enriching our team dynamic.

Neil’s dedication to the University of Nottingham's Product Design and Manufacture course exemplifies his and Centerline's commitment to nurturing talent. Through his involvement, we ensure that the next generation of product designers are equipped with the skills, knowledge, inspiration and pathway to thrive in the ever-evolving world of design and manufacture.