A CLITHEROE student scooped second prize in a national competition after designing a seat that helps parents carry babies securely on flights.

Kayleigh, Dobson, who studies product design at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), will travel to Germany after scooping second prize in the 2017 Design Innovation in Plastics competition.

She will visit competition headline sponsor Covestro, along with the overall winner, Ellen Britton.

The competition, which is organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and the Worshipful Company of Horners, had a brief of products for independent travel.

It challenged students to design an innovative product, primarily in plastic, that will provide a more comfortable and less stressful travel experience.

Ms Dobson, whose design is called AirBaby, said: "I'm delighted to have come second in the competition, I was overwhelmed just to even be recognised out of more than 160 students from around the country to begin with!

"The competition has opened a lot of doors for me in terms of product development and a future career.

"I'm really grateful to have been given the opportunity to attend the Covestro headquarters in Germany for a week along with a week placement at HellermanTyton Ltd, in Manchester, where I hope to gain valuable industry experience."

Covestro design engineer Mike Stuart, who was part of the judging panel, said: “Kayleigh’s is a very simple idea well executed with good safety features, and the judges felt it could be used not just in an aircraft but also at home, making it a multi-use child seat.”