Awards success continues for graduate Hans Ramzan

Catch device

The success continues for BA (Hons) Product and Furniture Design Graduate Hans Ramzan as he scoops both the Product Design of the Year and Design Project of the Year at the prestigious Dezeen Awards 2020.


Hans’ winning product is CATCH: a low-cost, easy-to-use self-testing device which detects HIV, allowing people in developing countries with limited access to medical support to check themselves for HIV at home. By increasing the likelihood of early diagnosis through testing, CATCH could save millions of lives a year.

The judges praised Hans’ design, saying: "This is a low-cost, simple device that can save lives. It is refreshing to see such a simple and economical design offering the potential to save millions of people, particularly in regions with limited healthcare options."

This win comes hot on the heels of a successful 2019 in which Hans was recognised by the James Dyson Awards and went on to win the top prize in the Product Design category at the Beasley Design of the Year Awards. Read more about Hans’ previous success here.

Commenting on his time studying at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, Hans said: “BCU made it imperative that the key to landing your first job is your portfolio. The vast and varied number of projects allowed me to tailor my portfolio for specific studios. The facilities are constantly being improved, the staff are forward thinking, and alumni are always eager to come back as visiting lecturers. Not only does BCU teach the tangible skills required to succeed in the industry, they also set you up psychologically to ensure you have a leg up on the competition.”

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