HOSPICE patients will be able to order food directly to their rooms at any time thanks to a new app developed by a student.

Hemang Kandwal teamed up with the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice to see how technology could help patients.

Described as the Menu of Tomorrow, the app will be tested in the coming weeks by the hospice, which is due to open in September.

The 19-year-old, from India, said: “Being a part of this project, I can now see the many ways you can help make people’s lives easier by automating daily tasks.

“This opportunity of developing a production level app helped me not only build my technological skills but enhanced my communication skills.

"Interacting with people from the hospice taught me more about the charitable side of life and its importance that we often neglect."

Hermang is part of the university's Settlement, a social movement for change founded 120 years ago.

Find A Solution, which is funded by the Settlement, allow students a chance to be connected with a third sector organisations, and to gain professional experience.

Rhona Baillie, Chief Executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Glasgow University on this project.

“This app will support the measures our team can put in place, give patients full control over their own environment and not be constrained to set meals throughout the day.”

Gillian Sherwood, the Hospice’s Director of Clinical Services, added: “Our patients often have complex and varying needs in relation to food and nutrition and we realise that patients should be able to eat what they want, when they want.

“This technology will benefit both patient and family care in the long-term.

“We are very proud to have Hermang develop this technology and play a vital role in the future of our new hospice.”

Now an exhibition on the University’s Settlement is highlighting some of the amazing stories over the last 120 years and up to the present day.

Originally set up by woman students, graduates and employees of the Queen Margaret College, it has evolved in how its supports the community over the years.

The exhibition, which runs until the end of August, has been curated by Samantha Clark, a graduate intern based at the university’s Archives.

Samantha said: “This Settlement in the University has evolved over the last 100 years. It was started by females, admitting its first male members in the mid-1930s, and changed its name to the University of Glasgow Settlement.

“Based on the US Settlement Movement - which focused on working to close the gap between those better-off and the poorest - these trailblazing women started their work in Glasgow’s Anderston area.

"Find a Solution’ projects challenge students to provide solutions to problems raised by a range of local charities.”

Since 2008, students taking part in Find a Solution have helped many community organisations, including Alzheimer’s Scotland, Erskine Care Home for Veterans and Indepen-Dance.