Andrew Bell

Andrew is putting his design degree – and his passion for golf – to good use.

BA (Hons) Industrial Design

'I enjoyed the hands-on model-making side of the course. This tied in nicely with the rapid prototyping facility on campus.'

Andrew Bell

What drew you to study at Teesside?

I have always wanted to be a designer; it’s my lifelong ambition, I am a creative person with an eye for detail. I chose to study at Teesside because the course was only three years long compared to other institutions that offered the same course over four years including a placement year. I preferred to complete my studies quicker allowing me to gain employment in a design environment. During my time at Teesside I also received an R&A Golf Bursary.

What was the course like?

I enjoyed the hands-on model-making side of the course. This tied in nicely with the rapid prototyping facility on campus. Teesside have a well structured lecturing programme, with a clear timetable, which allowed for sporting activities. I was captain of the University golf team and represented BUSA. The university golf team enjoyed trips away to St.Andrews and Portugal representing the University in competition. In 2003 I graduated with 2.1 Honours.

What are you doing now?

I have recently designed, launched and currently run the following website: www.directgolfgrips.com. The site retails golf grips and re-gripping products for golf clubs - my passion for golf has never lapsed. I am balancing this new start up business with full time paid employment as the lead Industrial Designer for TSF Retail Solutions Ltd; a national shop fitting company, working with a range of materials - timber, sheet metal, tubular steel and plastics in shop-fitting equipment, counter design and point of sale.

With time I hope that www.directgolfgrips.com continues to grow and allows me to pursue this as my career full time.