Centre for Lifelong Learning Design for All

A Souvenir of Glasgow: An intergenerational co-design project

Project Overview

In June 2021, a group of adult learners from the Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) and students from the Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management (DMEM) came together to work on unique 8-week pilot course ‘Design for All’.

The free online course was created for budding product designers to uncover and develop their creative talents. The course was led by University of Strathclyde Professor of Design, Paul Rodgers, who guided students through the key stages of design - including research, concept design, making prototypes, and testing.

Intergenerational collaboration

The unique, collaborative, intergenerational project involved each CLL student being paired with a University design student. The pairs were encouraged to work through each stage of the course together to support and learn from each other throughout the experience.


In celebration of Glasgow being chosen by the UK to host COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference from 1 to 12 November 2021 student pairs were asked to co-design and make 10 identical Glasgow souvenirs – under the theme of tackling climate change and protecting the planet for future generations - for COP26 delegates to take home.

Project Catalogue

This project has been an enormous success for all of the University of Strathclyde Centre for Lifelong Learning and Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management (DMEM) students.

The full catalogue of the incredible souvenirs that have been co-designed and manufactured as part of the project can be viewed here: Glasgow Souvenir Project Catalogue

A selection of the souvenirs will be available to purchase via the University of Strathclyde online shop. The proceeds from the sale of these limited products will be donated to local  charity Emmaus Glasgow.


  • Exhibition at Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde,

    An exhibition to showcase the Design for All: COP26 Glasgow Souvenir project will be held in the foyer of the Technology & Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, 99 George St, Glasgow G1 1RD from Friday 5th November to Thursday 11th November, 2021.

Purchase a Souvenir 

Download the Project Catalogue