UWE’s department of Engineering, Design and Maths (EDM) ran a project week for students, with a focus on finding novel solutions to homelessness.
Homelessness in the UK is a growing social issue and matter of concern for local councils and residents – and so a highly relevant regional challenge for the students to address.
Approximately 400 Project Management Level 2 students piled into the ECC on 28th Oct – 1st Nov, to take part in the project led by Poonam Kashyap and supported by the Aero cluster and module team.
Talks set the context-highlighting the issues and challenges faced by the target population, as well as the communities they live in. Speakers included, Jim Longhurst, Professor of Environmental Science and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Environment and Sustainability at UWE, Bristol, alongside various EDM alumni. And Stuart Phelps from Residents Against Dirty Energy, gave insights into van dwellers and residential areas.
Your task is to create novel engineering solution required to tackle the current homelessness issues faced by the local councils in the UK.
The students were given a brief instructing them to incorporate the following in their novel engineering solutions:
- Sustainable homes/solutions
- Affordable homes/solutions
- Smart technology with accessibility to all (e.g. child and disable friendly).
- Security and safety, healthy environment and care.
- This may further include use of disused buildings, reuse of materials, innovative ideas around spaces and open areas and active areas.
Poonam reports that the project week was a huge success, with high levels of student and staff engagement.