Celebrating the Games - 100 days to go

With 100 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the University is marking the date by unveiling a student-designed countdown clock at the LUU and The Edge.

The clock has been designed by Robbie Cowan, Katharine Diamond and Toby Parmenter from the School of Mechanical Engineering. Katharine explains, "The clock is inspired by the Union Jack flag and the modern, geometric look and feel of the official 2012 Olympic Games brand. The three of us developed a range of designs which we felt represented the nation's pride in hosting the Games and also reflected the University's strong branding and identity. We are most proud of the styling and textures of the clock, which were created by offsetting the plastics and choosing different finishes from the materials. We're really pleased with the end result and are very excited to see the eye-catching clock on display in The Edge as the countdown to the big event gathers pace.

"We're really pleased to have had the opportunity to work on this project. As our first commercial product to be seen through to finalisation, we have learnt a great deal about the complexities of industrial negotiation and time management. We have been working on the production of the clock alongside our masters degree and will be proud to include it in our portfolios."

The Olympic clock ceremony will also mark the unveiling of the University's London 2012 'Games Makers' - a dedicated team of over 30 volunteers who will welcome thousands of visitors and athletes to both Leeds and other Olympic sites across the country.  Largely responsible for the behind the scenes delivery of London 2012, the Games Makers will undertake tasks ranging from providing logistical help and support to the athletes through to specific roles such as offering lifeguard assistance.

Over 80 students were interviewed for the role of Games Maker after the University was one of a handful of academic institutions chosen by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) to provide volunteering support.

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