Engineering Solutions to Real World Problems – UWE Project Week 2020

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It’s Project Week here at UWE Bristol and 348 first-year engineering students are taking part in an Engineering for People Design Challenge, tackling real-life issues in Peru.

Both on a global and local scale, we are facing challenges that require urgent action. Engineering plays a key role in everyday life and our response to address current and future challenges. By participating in the Engineering for People Design Challenge developed by Engineers Without Borders, our students are investing their skills and talent to benefit the planet and its people.

The Design Challenge

This year’s challenge focusses on two neighbouring communities on the northern coast of Peru – Lobitos and Piedritas. Students will explore and tackle issues shared by local people living in these areas, focusing on one or more of the 8 challenge areas identified: Built Environment, Water, Waste, Food, Sanitation, Energy, Transport and Digital. Students are encouraged to use the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a framework for the design challenge to help them explore and understand these issues from both a local and global perspective.

What’s unique about our approach to teaching design and project management is that we give our students a real-life context to work on. They get to develop design ideas that address environmental and social issues faced by communities across the globe. 

Engineers Without Borders has been instrumental in helping us integrate sustainability into our engineering curriculum. It’s always exciting to see students give their all during Project Week to come up with great designs. More importantly, they complete their projects feeling inspired to do well in their studies and to use their engineering skills to make a positive impact around them.

Maryam M. Lamere, Project Week Coordinator

Why Project Week?

This week-long challenge plays a central role in UWE Bristol’s Engineering Practise module, part of our Integrated Learning Framework focussed around project-based learning. Students are guided through the challenges using the new Innovation and Design Toolkit designed by Bristol-based software company Newicon. The toolkit helps students explore and define real human-centred problems and rapidly move through iterative solutions and visual prototypes to select the best solution.

The Engineers Without Borders Design Challenge represents everything that is good and positive about Engineering and how Design and Engineering can be used to improve our environment and the life of the people that live in it.

Technology has clearly caused much damage to our world and it is great that Engineering at UWE is now focussing on directing efforts towards using Technology to improve our world and its environment. The Engineers Without Borders Design Challenge is an important first step in reminding Student Engineers of their important role in society.

Dedicating a whole week of their first year studies to focus on this should remind them how important it is.

Dr David Richardson, co-module leader for Engineering Practice

What’s involved?

Project week looks a little different this year (as with most things it has moved online during the current pandemic) but module leads Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers, Dr David Richardson and organiser of project week, Maryam Lamere, have put together a full programme of engaging online workshops, exercises and presentations to keep students engaged and focused throughout the challenge.

To kick things off this week students will hear from Dr Lisa Brodie, Head of the Department of Engineering, Design and Mathematics. Throughout the week they will also have access to videos of inspirational speakers from around the globe, including Felipe Gomez del Campo (CEO FGC Plasma Solutions), Brittany Harris (CEO, Co-Founder Qualis Flow), UWE Robotics alumni Silas Adekunle (CEO, Co-Founder ReachRobotics Ltd, Awari, R.I) and current UWE final-year student Henry James (Winner of STEM Telegraph Innovation Award).

As part of the design challenge, students at UWE will have the opportunity to compete against universities around the globe for their chance to be awarded Engineering for People Design Challenge Winner! We’ll be following their progress throughout the week so stay tuned for more exciting news about UWE Project Week 2020.

It’s been an interesting year to welcome our 348 first year student engineers to both a new curriculum and a new Engineering School here at UWE Bristol! They have had a lot to contend with, but we have been so impressed to see their design thinking coming along. I think that’s a lot to do with the ease of using the Innovation and Design Thinking kit, taking away the fear of failure and seeing engineering as a creative process aiming to make a difference in the world. We can’t wait to see the designs they come up with this week!

Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers, co-module leader for Engineering Practice

Women Like Me relaunches for 2020-21

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Women Like Me is a peer mentoring and outreach project, aimed at boosting female representation in engineering.

The project was first launched in 2018 and is based in the Science Communication Unit and Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics at UWE Bristol. The project is organised by Dr Laura Hobbs and Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers, and is supported by the initiative for Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI).

Women Like Me pairs senior women engineers with junior women engineers to undertake mentoring and engineering education outreach in the West of England region. Engineering is a creative, socially conscious, and collaborative discipline, and this project aims to support girls and women to make a difference in society.

Why is this important?

Only 12% of engineers in the UK are women. In order to support female engineers, more girls need to connect with engineering as a career, with positive female role models, and more women need to be supported to make a difference in the workplace.

Women Like Me is addressing this by pairing mid-career women engineers with junior women engineers to provide career and public engagement mentoring. Junior engineers will deliver engineering engagement activities in local schools and at local public events, providing positive role models for young girls. Through this approach, the project will lead to impact both in the workplace today, and for the future of the engineering profession.

Who can take part?

Mid-career and early career female engineers working in the West of England region can get involved in the project. Senior women engineers are those who have been working in engineering for at least five years. Junior women engineers are those with less experience than this, and can include apprentices, trainees, undergraduate and postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

What will it involve?

We will offer networking opportunities to all participants at the start (autumn 2020) and end (summer 2021) of the project. Depending on COVID restrictions, these may take place virtually. Senior engineers will receive support in mentoring and should meet with their junior engineer mentee at least twice during the project. This can take any form that best suits each pair. Junior engineers will receive mentoring support from senior engineers and training in public engagement. They will then undertake at least three engineering outreach activities with local schools and public events, which again, may be virtual. Coordination of activity is provided and supported by UWE.

How do I sign up?

To take part in the project this year, participants should complete the DETI Diversity Demonstrator survey and select Women Like Me from the list of areas of interest (along with any other areas you are interested in!) by Friday 4th December. The project coordinators will then be in touch having allocated the mentor/mentee pairs.

Want some more info?

You can read about the successes of the project in previous years and access the 2018-2019 project report. A paper in the Journal of Science Communication, Fogg-Rogers and Hobbs (2019) places Women Like Me in the context of recruitment and retention of women in engineering. You can also watch the recording from this year’s launch event below.

Recording of WLM Launch Webinar, Nov 2020

For any further information please email engineeringourfuture@uwe.ac.uk or follow us on Twitter for updates.

DETI is a strategic programme of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), delivered by the National Composites Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Modelling & SimulationDigital Catapult, the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, and the University of Bath. DETI is funded by £5m from WECA, with co-investment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and industry.

Bloodhound Is Back

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Following a seven-month period of hibernation while the pandemic caused global uncertainty, the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project is back in business, with a prime-time documentary detailing their successful 628mph (1010km/h) High Speed Testing campaign scheduled to air on Channel 4 at 18:00 on Saturday, 14th November.

Building The World’s Fastest Car, follows the team’s fortunes as they deployed to the Kalahari Desert in South Africa for six weeks in autumn 2019. The programme charts the highs and lows as the team attempts to run the car on the desert racetrack, building speeds, and learning about the destructive impact of supersonic airflow, ahead of a concerted attempt to break the World Land Speed Record.

Trailer: Building The World’s Fastest Car

UWE Bristol became involved with The BLOODHOUND Project very early on when Dr John Lanham, Head of the Department of Design & Engineering at the time, assisted John Piper, The BLOODHOUND Project’s Chief Engineer, to establish a base at UWE for the early design work, access to UWE resources, and the production of a full scale model of the car.

Staff from the Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM) department at UWE also established a Higher Education programme, BLOODHOUND@University, an online resource allowing young engineers to get involved with the development of the BLOODHOUND supersonic car. The web based project shared a range of data with undergraduate and postgraduate students at universities across the UK encouraging them to get involved with this unique real-life project and work to solve the problems raised by the BLOODHOUND engineering team. The education programme also engaged with local primary and secondary schools, giving students the opportunity to experience engineering design first hand.

The BLOODHOUND Project is an iconic adventure that pushes technology to its limit and provides a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. During its 10-year development phase, huge numbers have been excited by the Bloodhound story and motivated to explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and pursue STEM careers. You can hear more about the impact of the project from UWE students in the following video.

Richard Noble, Project Leader, talks about the Bloodhound SSC project and its partnership with UWE

You can find more information on the BLOODHOUND LSR Project and its related education activities here.

Lottie tours new state-of-the-art Engineering Building

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As we approach the end of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, Lottie shares her tour of the new UWE Bristol School of Engineering Building.

With a new academic year underway, we’re all very excited about the opening of the new engineering building on Frenchay campus! The first group of staff from the Faculty of Environment and Technology were welcomed into the new building on Monday 12th October. Everyone was very excited to unpack their crates and set up their new workstations – and Lottie certainly proved very helpful with all the heavy lifting!

Lottie was very helpful with all the heavy lifting required on move day!

The new building houses specialist laboratories, workshops and digital engineering facilities, able to support 1700 students and 100 academic and technical staff, many of whom have been enjoying the new facilities over the past couple of weeks during the start of teaching block 1. The building contributes to the University’s vision of promoting multi-disciplinary, collaborative learning and has been designed hand-in-hand with the vibrant new practice-based curriculum, bringing engineering to life through real world problems and live industrial briefs, and building on entrepreneurial skills to ensure all graduates are business-aware as well as technically qualified.  

Lottie admires the big open spaces, excited for the return of staff and students!

Lottie was particularly keen to visit the new Prototype and Play centre, a dedicated area for delivering engineering outreach activities and public engagement events. Staff from the DETI Inspire team have been busy filling the room with lots of exciting gadgets and gizmos, and are really looking forward to welcoming school and community groups into the space, once lockdown measures are eased.

Preparing for take-off! Lottie makes sure the drones are all in tip top shape.

This new public engagement centre is key to the work being carried out by the EDM department as lead for Skills and Workforce Development for the Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI) initiative. It will allow the DETI Inspire team to develop and deliver curriculum linked engagement activities, host public open events for families and schools, run teacher CPD events to support and upskill, and provide engagement training for their Diversity Demonstrator network.

Lottie can’t wait to share the new space with local schools and families!

The team have big plans for the year ahead so watch this space for news of local celebration events and regional competitions from The Primary Engineer Leaders Awards, First Lego League, Great Science Share for Schools and many more!

That’s all from Lottie for now, but she’ll be back with more stories as her engineering tour continues throughout the year. Next stop, the National Composites Centre.

WES Lottie Tour is an annual campaign that takes ‘Lottie’ to many different locations accompanying lots of different engineering friends who show Lottie the work they do in engineering and related careers. Lottie’s experiences are shared across social media using #WESLottieTour and aims to inspire and encourage more young girls to consider a career in engineering and STEM subjects. 

EDM signs up to the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code

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The Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM) department at UWE Bristol have been taking part in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, an annual campaign that highlights to young people that engineering is a creative, problem solving, exciting career that improves the world around us.

Throughout the week engineering institutions, employers and schools come together to show young people the vital importance of engineering careers and to provide information about how to become an engineer in the future. This year EDM have been contributing to the campaign through their social media channels, organising a Digital Engineering Careers Fair for young people and, rather excitingly, signing up to the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code.

Launched in October 2020, the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code is a commitment to work toward common goals to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering careers. To achieve these goals, Signatories make four pledges about their approach to funding, designing, delivering, and learning from engineering-inspiration activities (including STEM programmes dedicated to inspiring young people into engineering).

Signatories form the Code Community who together, will

  • Share and build an understanding of what works
  • Improve the quality, inclusivity, targeting and reach of activities designed to inspire young people
  • Deliver a joined-up approach to drive change at scale

The Pledges:

Inspiring Connection

Driving Inclusion

Showcasing Engineering

Improving Impact

The EDM department is extremely well placed to deliver on these pledges, with several well established programmes that aim to increase diversity within engineering already running, including mentoring programmes such as Women Like Me and BAME Girls into Engineering. EDM also supports primary (Curiosity Connections) and secondary (Future Quest) engagement providers, and the department’s new DETI Inspire team are currently developing a new targeted approach to develop and deliver engineering outreach to under-represented groups.

As a core provider of public engagement in the region and champion of equality, diversity and inclusion, the EDM department is confident in its ability to fulfil these pledges. We are very pleased to be joining the Code Community, and look forward to working together to inspire a diverse engineering workforce for the future.

Lisa Brodie, Head of Department: Engineering Design and Mathematics

DETI Inspire will map past engagement activities in the region, identifying any gaps in current outreach provision, enabling the prioritisation of outreach to those that do not currently interact with engineering-inspiration activities.

With expert advice and guidance from collaborations with organisations such as AFBE-UK and WISE, the team are developing curriculum linked engagement activities, designed to help target and understand potential participants from under-represented groups. Activities will be available for use both digitally during the current pandemic, and when physical activity can resume, they will tour schools and run out of the new Prototype and Play centre at UWE Bristol’s Engineering Building.

In order to showcase relatable role models from all backgrounds in these activities, the team are building a Diversity Demonstrator network – a community of diverse engineering role models, from groups currently under-represented in engineering, who will deliver engineering public engagement throughout the region.

The team are currently working with STEM Ambassadors West of England, Future Quest and the WECA Careers Hub to develop a monitoring and evaluation toolkit, to assess the impact of their activities, and will share these insights with their partners, stakeholders and the Code Community.

For more information about the EDM department and its outreach programmes, please contact the team at engineeringourfuture@uwe.ac.uk

Co-created by and for the engineering community, The Code is ‘owned’ by its community of Signatories and Supporters. An Advisory Board and informal Thinking Group support EngineeringUK, which has been chosen to manage and deliver The Code and its community. EngineeringUK will facilitate the governance of The Code and is committed to a formal biennial review of The Code and how Signatories are meeting the pledges.

DETI is a strategic programme of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), delivered by the National Composites Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Modelling & SimulationDigital Catapult, the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, and the University of Bath. DETI is funded by £5m from WECA, with co-investment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and industry.

EDM department joins Bristol Technology Festival online for 2020

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We’d like to thank This is Engineering for use of images from their public image library that aims to better represent what engineers and engineering really look like. The feature image for this blog of a young woman using a VR headset is copyright of the Institution of Engineering and Technology & Callum Wood Ford.

Bristol Technology Festival takes place online, 9th – 15th November 2020

Bristol’s Technology Festival was born in 2019 seeking to showcase the sheer breadth of technology that had been developed in the local ecosystem, and share the stories of those entrepreneurs, engineers and creatives behind the technology with the people of the city, and further afield. It seeks to destroy any barriers between technology businesses, their suppliers, educational and charity organisations and the residents of the community that they live and work in. 

Events like these are more important now than ever before, with the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically changing how we work and live, technologies are playing a crucial role in keeping our communities functional and connected in a time of lockdowns and quarantines.

This year’s festival will be delivered virtually. With a jam packed schedule of workshops, webinars, discussion panels, inspirational talks and networking events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Themes for this year include diversity, inclusivity and sustainability and the DETI Inspire team from the Engineering Design and Mathematics department at UWE Bristol will be delivering events throughout the week.

Digital Engineering Careers Event, Mon 9th – Fri 13th November

The Digital Engineering Technology Innovation (DETI) Inspire team will be delivering a week-long careers fair for children aged 14+, themed on digital engineering.

The event will be hosted on the Like To Be online platform, where students will have access to inspirational videos from a diverse group of engineering professionals, sharing stories of their engineering journey, exploring the digital tools and technologies they use within their role and discussing how engineering can make a difference to people’s lives and help solve real-world problems.

Alongside these careers talks, students will have the opportunity to explore potential employment and development opportunities on offer from local employers, chat with real-life engineers and ask questions during several live Q&A sessions being held throughout the week, including a session from EDM’s very own Maryam Lamere, Doctoral Researcher and Associate Lecturer, who will be ready to answer questions about her research on the innovative Pee Power project, a technology that converts urine and other types of wastewater into electricity.

You can sign up to the event here.

Supporting Women and Girls in Engineering, Thursday 12th November

Only 12% of the UK’s engineers are women. Research shows that girls need to see women succeeding in STEM to feel that STEM is a potential career path for them.

Women Like Me is a peer mentoring and outreach project aimed at boosting female representation in engineering. The project pairs senior women engineers with junior women engineers to give them mentoring support as they start out in their engineering careers.

In turn, junior women undertake engineering education outreach in schools and at public events in the Bristol and Bath area. Engineering is a creative, socially conscious, and collaborative discipline, and this project aims to support girls and women to make a difference in society.

Join us for the launch event of Women Like Me 2020/21! Find out how the project will be running this year and what digital outreach opportunities are available. Network with other women engineers, and listen to inspirational speakers, including Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers, Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol and Lead for the DETI Inspire project, and Sarah Behenna from the WISE Campaign. You can sign up to the event here.

If you would like more information on either of these upcoming events, or would like to be involved with similar events in the future, please contact the DETI Inspire team. A full line up of the Bristol Technology Festival events can be found here.

Explore your Engineering Future – a new engineering outreach activity for West of England schools.

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The Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM) department at UWE Bristol have partnered with My Future My Choice, to create a unique engineering outreach activity for children in the West of England.

The department has a long standing commitment to widening participation in STEM, and as leader for Skills and Workforce Development for the Digital Engineering Technology & Innovation (DETI) initiative, they are striving to inspire the next generation of digital engineers.

My Future My Choice was established to address the need identified by businesses and school leaders for practical opportunities for young people to engage with the world outside of school. Their team of passionate educationalists and engineers have worked with local businesses to design exciting learning opportunities that offer practical ways of working with the school’s curriculum, and help young people think about what they need to do now, to be happy and successful in the future.

Themes of local heritage and possible futures are featured in all their programmes, with activities incorporating inspirational people, places and innovations that relate to the locality, to boost young people’s confidence and pride in their region.

My Future My Choice, Learning Ships Programme

The new Explore My Engineering Future activity currently being developed by My Future My Choice and the EDM department’s DETI Inspire team will feature a set of 52 ‘Top Trumps’ cards based on diverse engineers who work in the West of England. When playing the game, young people will explore the skills required to do a certain engineering role, by comparing the abilities of different engineers and reading the descriptions about what the job involves.

Each engineer card also belongs to its own ‘Engineering Family’, a group of four engineers who do a similar job or work in a similar field. Students can then understand how engineers relate to one another, and which engineers may work together on collaborative projects.

My Future My Choice, Explore and Vision Programme

To make the activity accessible during the current pandemic situation, the cards will be available both as a physical pack and as a digital resource. Each digital card will have its own ‘TikTok’ style video from a real-life engineer, which explains the best parts of their job, their career/life journey, and advice they would give to young people considering a future in engineering.

The team are still looking for enthusiastic volunteers to theme the cards around, so if you are an engineer and would like to be involved in this innovative outreach project, contact the DETI Inspire team at engineeringourfuture@uwe.ac.uk

DETI is a strategic programme of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), delivered by the National Composites Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Modelling & SimulationDigital Catapult, the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, and the University of Bath. DETI is funded by £5m from WECA, with co-investment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and industry.

EDM department partners with the Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers

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The Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM) department at UWE Bristol are delighted to announce their new membership with the Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE).

AFBE is a registered not-for profit organisation that promotes higher achievements in education and engineering, particularly among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds using engineering as a platform.

Since launching the organisation in 2007 they have reached more than 6500 individuals from ethnic minority communities, supported more than 1000 university students into employment through their CV clinics and career programmes and engaged more than 4000 young people with their school outreach programme Making Engineering Hot.

Support for Schools

With a range of workshops and outreach programmes available for schools and their local communities, which focus on young people from lower socio-economic backgrounds and other under-represented communities, AFBE provide a mixture of after school clubs, weekend mentoring, one day projects and mock assessment days for apprenticeships.

Support for Students

Their hugely successful Transition Programme reaches university students across several UK universities, preparing and mentoring students for professional careers in industry. To date 70% of Transition attendees have gone on to secure jobs in industry within 12 months post-graduation.

Support for Professionals

AFBE have produced several publications and continue to work closely with leading organisations, including the Royal Academy of Engineering on various steering and focus groups to map out the life-cycle of a BME professional in industry and understand levers for retention and progression. They host many networking events and webinars throughout the year, which give professional members access to leading thought leadership within industry, mentoring from industry experts and exposure to real life projects within the industry. Other initiatives like their Real Projects and Chess Club give professionals ongoing professional development support including mentoring for professional registration.

AFBE Roundtable Discussion Forum

The Challenge

Engineering is essential for the future prosperity and economic growth of the UK, however there is a growing skills gap within the industry. Lack of diversity is a major concern for the engineering workforce, with only 12% of women engineers and 7% from a BME background. Widening participation in under-represented groups is an essential part of addressing this nationwide skills and employment gap.

In order to tackle this challenge, the EDM department, as leader for skills development for the Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI) initiative, have launched their new DETI Inspire programme, which will champion STEM for children in the West of England, with a particular focus on challenging stereotypes and perceptions about STEM careers in order to appeal to under-represented groups in engineering.

The EDM department is a proud leader of skills development for DETI, with a strong commitment to increase diversity, we have several great projects already underway such as BAME girls into Engineering, a strong Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity committee, and of course our Athena SWAN Bronze Award. We are very pleased to support AFBE as part of our work with DETI to expand support for BAME young people, our students and staff, and engineering employees across the region.

Lisa Brodie, Head of Department: Engineering Design and Mathematics

With the recent launch of their Diversity Demonstrator, a network of diverse engineering students and professionals, the team hope to inspire the next generation of engineers, providing engineering outreach, mentoring and role modelling to all children in the region. For more information or to sign up to the Diversity Demonstrator engineering network, complete this short survey.

If you are a current UWE student or member of staff and would like more information on the support available to you from the department or AFBE, please contact deti@uwe.ac.uk

DETI is a strategic programme of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), delivered by the National Composites Centre, in partnership with the Centre for Modelling & SimulationDigital Catapult, the University of the West of England, the University of Bristol, and the University of Bath. DETI is funded by £5m from WECA, with co-investment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and industry.

Bath Digital Festival 2020

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The same great festival, just a little bit different

Bath Digital Festival is happening! Get yourself ready for one of the biggest celebrations of digital and tech in the South West. Make sure to block out your diary and join in the fun from 20th – 24th October 2020.

Festival passes are available here.

You might not be able to soak up the sights and smells of our historical and innovative city but, this virtual festival promises a fun-packed online programme for the entire family to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. 

BDF Bath 2019 by @JonCraig_Photos

This year events will focus on recovery, skills and talent. Plus, the festival team will be launching their brand new Digital Skills Exchange programme. So, if you’re looking to sharpen some skills, wondering who’s recruiting at the moment or new to the tech scene, there’s an event for you

Learn to code, join an interactive workshop on artificial intelligence, discuss the modern ethics, join a masterclass in social media marketing or check out the latest tech. The online programme offers plenty for everyone to take part in and enjoy. View the full line up here.

Staff in the Engineering Design and Mathematics (EDM) department here at UWE Bristol have already signed up to several events, and our Skills team for the Digital Engineering Technology Innovation initiative (DETI) are particularly excited about the launch of the Digital Skills Exchange, a programme aiming to tackle the skills and jobs gap in Bath and the South West, by supporting individuals stepping in to a digital career and helping business to find the talent they need.

Read more about how the DETI initiative is investing in the future of digital engineering for our region, developing skills and inspiring the next generation of digital engineers.

EDM partners with Like To Be to offer online career events

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Careers fairs are traditionally a face-to-face experience, where students can explore the many different stalls of local employers, have a chat and ask any questions they may have. As with most other in-person events, these careers fairs have not been possible during recent months and their absence is being felt by many schools.

Fortunately there are digital platforms available to help schools and their students access these careers events online. The EDM department at UWE Bristol have partnered up with such a platform to offer schools and students in the South West a way to connect with local employers in the engineering industry, as part of their work to inspire the future generation of digital engineers with the Digital Engineering Technology Innovation (DETI) initiative.

Like To Be is a career event network that brings together students, educators, employers and professionals to offer unique digital career experiences.

Their platform allows students to engage directly with employers, watch employee speakers share real-life insight, ask questions and explore potential work opportunities – all online. Employers can share their brand and career opportunities with student members via their profile page or by hosting a careers event.

Using this online platform, the DETI Inspire team within EDM, will be hosting a series of digital engineering career events throughout the academic year, the first of which will take place next month during Bristol Technology Festival 9th-15th November.

The event is aimed at young people aged 16-18 and will explore the role of digital engineering in creating a sustainable future. With access to the event remaining open for the entire week, students will have the opportunity to watch inspiring videos from a variety of engineers, ask questions via a live chat function and explore a wide range of local employer profiles.

If you are an engineering employer or professional and would like to showcase the careers on offer at your place of work, or if you are a school who would like to attend one of our careers events, please get in touch with our project coordinator ana.bristow@uwe.ac.uk