Applications open for Partnership PhD scheme

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UWE Bristol has recently announced another application round of its successful Partnership PhD programme.

A Partnership PhD bridges the gap between external organisations and university. It enables an organisation to gain access to cutting-edge real-world research that can help transform it.

The Partnership establishes a relationship between an organisation and UWE Bristol, based on a specific project that is mutually beneficial.

Organisations have the opportunity to choose a relevant research area and gain access to cutting-edge research. The researcher will work extensively with the organisation to provide a tailored piece of research.

In turn, the researcher will gain an opportunity to pursue their research in a real-world setting, developing transferable and interdisciplinary skills whilst gaining cross-sector experience.

Over the past two years, the Graduate School, part of the Research, Business and Innovation team at UWE Bristol, has been developing the Partnership PhD scheme. Through it, UWE’s investment in Post Graduate Research has been matched by over £1.5m from 40+ partner organisations.

Application deadline 1 July 2022 for Partnership PhD’s starting in 1 January 2023.

Email uwebusiness@uwe.ac.uk to find out more.

Please find below full Partnership PhD guidance, costings, useful information and the flyer for businesses:

See below for our slides for businesses:

Email uwebusiness@uwe.ac.uk to find out more.

Time for SMEs in the West of England to seize the opportunities from the transition to net zero

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Calling SMEs across the West of England region – now is the time to plan for net zero with fully funded support from the Skills for Clean Growth programme.
 
The pace of change in the economy and legislative environment is accelerating as business leaders and politicians look to reach ambitious targets to reduce carbon intensity at a regional, national and international level. The West of England has gone beyond the commitments of central government with the ambition to reach net zero across the region by 2030.

At the same time, consumers, businesses and investors are growing in appetite for products and services that have a positive environmental impact and are driving decarbonisation.

By embracing low carbon practices, you will help position your business to prosper in this rapidly changing world.

Skills for Clean Growth will support you to grow your business in a sustainable way by upskilling your management team and employees to drive change and the adoption of low carbon practices.

Free expert support from the Skills for Clean Growth programme

The Skills for Clean Growth programme (part of the West of England’s Workforce for the Future Programme and being delivered by UWE Bristol and NatWest) is supporting SMEs to manage the risks and embrace the opportunities from the transition to net zero. Driven by the needs of businesses on the programme, training is focused on support that is immediately actionable.
 
SMEs are supported with analysing their skills needs & action planning before being given access to bespoke training, resources, and peer networks to help reach their targets.

Current workshops topics include Green Energy Procurement and Management, Measuring Carbon Emissions, and Behavioural Change, with new training and resources continually developed in response to the needs of businesses engaging with the programme.

Register now to start your clean growth journey .

“There is a climate emergency and everyone is going to have to do their bit to help build a greener future. As we change the way we make goods and retrofit our homes we will need a newly skilled workforce. That is of course also a significant opportunity to create high skilled, well paid, green jobs. I’m pleased to be able to offer this support so workers will get the skills they need to meet the demands of a greener economy.”
Dan Norris, Mayor, West of England Combined Authority

Launch event

Join us on Wednesday 25 May to find out about the programme and the opportunities available to businesses.

This event will bring together key stakeholders and SMEs on the programme, whilst providing an overview of the overall Workforce for the Future programme and the support available through Skills for Clean Growth. There will be several speaker slots from key partners, UWE Bristol academics and industry leaders with a green skills and low carbon focus.

This launch event is open to eligible SMEs on the Workforce for the Future programme. To be eligible for support, you must have a business presence in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset) and be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME). If you are eligible and new to the Workforce for the Future programme, please register your details here.

Develop your workforce in other areas through Workforce for the Future

Skills for Clean Growth is being delivered by UWE Bristol and NatWest as part of the West of England Combined Authorities Workforce for the Future programme, supporting SMEs with skills development across a range of future focused areas. Support is funded through the European Social Fund and is being delivered across a number of partners.

Find out about support available through Workforce for the Future.

Contact the team to find out more – cleangrowth@uwe.ac.uk or visit our website.

Free Digital Skills workshops for SMEs

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UWE Bristol are offering free & comprehensive Digital Marketing support for SMEs based in the West of England.  

The support is part of Workforce for the Future, a free service that will help SMEs to identify and address their skills needs, by upskilling and retraining employees, or supporting them to source and bring in new staff to drive their business forwards. 

What Support is Available? 

As part of our diverse offer, we will show you how to harness the power of digital with in-depth 1:1 support with expert advisors. We can help you with:

  • Introduction to Digital Marketing  
  • Digital Marketing Strategy Workshop   
  • Follow up & review sessions with consultants to develop your strategy  
  • SEO  
  • Social media, analytics and advertising    

Across the programme, your business and your employees will be able to access a bespoke combination of support via the below strands: 

  • Leadership & strategy 
  • People, Culture & Organisation 
  • Customer Insight & Interaction 
  • Process Operations & Data 
  • Technology & Security 

You will work with UWE Bristol to define an action plan of learning based on your specific needs. All courses are delivered as part of Workforce for the Future.  

How do I access the support?

To access the support and courses your organisation must be registered with Workforce for the Future Program.  Please contact us to register at: digitalworkforce@uwe.ac.uk  or register your interest via this form.


UWE Bristol is delivering Workforce for the Future on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority. If it is determined that your development needs do not fit with the digital enhancement opportunities available at UWE Bristol, you will be referred to the West of England Combined Authority Growth Hub, who will refer you to a more suitable partner. 

SMEs in the West of England start their net zero journey through the Skills for Clean Growth programme

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Skills for Clean Growth (SCG) is a free business support programme co-delivered by UWE Bristol and NatWest, as part of the Workforce for the Future (WftF) programme, helping to drive the West of England Combined Authority region’s ambitions for clean and inclusive growth.

The programme is supporting SMEs to manage the risks and embrace the opportunities from the transition to net zero, drawing on the expertise of UWE Bristol academics and professional services staff, industry leaders and subject matter experts.

SMEs are supported across three areas:

  1. Green Skills Needs Analysis & Action Plan – An initial diagnostic to analyse skills needed and development of an action plan to drive clean growth
  2. Training and Workshops – developing practical skills & knowledge across businesses that is directly actionable
  3. Skills Ecosystem and Network – Practical, industry targeted case studies and resources, peer learning and connections to likeminded businesses (in person and online).

Matt Hatcher, Director of Commercial Banking, West of England at NatWest, said:

“Our ambition is to play a leading role in the UK’s transition to a net zero economy. We know from our Springboard to Sustainable Recovery report that SMEs could create up to 130,000 new jobs, produce around 30,000 new businesses and result in an estimated £160 billion opportunity for the UK economy.

We want to support them on every step of the journey that takes them from awareness and understanding, to ability to act, and finally to achieving positive climate and financial impact.

This is why we are delighted to partner with UWE Bristol on their Skills for Clean Growth programmes, helping SMEs and their workforce develop the skills required to transition to net zero and embrace the opportunities arising from a greener economy.”

West of England’s Metro Mayor, Dan Norris, who is also supporting the programme, said: 

“There is a climate emergency and everyone is going to have to do their bit to help build a greener future. As we change the way we make goods and retrofit our homes we will need a newly skilled workforce. That is of course also a significant opportunity to create high skilled, well paid, green jobs. I’m pleased to be able to offer this support so workers will get the skills they need to meet the demands of a greener economy.”

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for support, applicants must have a business presence in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset) and be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) with less than 250 employees.

Registrations

The SCG programme is accepting registrations from SMEs. Register today to start your clean growth journey!

Please apply via the SCG website or select Apply now where you will be asked to fill out some details about your company and the support you are looking for on a registration form.

A member of the UWE Bristol team will then be in touch with you to arrange an initial discussion around the programme and any of your needs. If you have any further queries in the meantime, please contact us via cleangrowth@uwe.ac.uk  and one of the team will get back to you.

Workforce for the Future

Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), UWE Bristol is delivering Workforce for the Future on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in collaboration with other partners.

Alongside the SCG programme, SMEs can access other support from expert partners. Please visit the West of England Combined Authority Growth Hub to find out more.

Fully Funded Inclusive Clean Air Bootcamp

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Air pollution is the single biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, shortening tens of thousands of lives each year (State of the environment: health, people and the environment) putting air quality firmly on the list of environmental challenges alongside climate change, waste disposal, and flooding, which government bodies, organisations and communities are needing to address.  

This in turn is generating a demand for skilled individuals in both the public and private sector who can support air quality monitoring activity.  

This Inclusive Clean Air Bootcamp is delivered by UWE Bristol as part of the Digital Skills Investment Programme funded by West of England Combined Authority (WECA). It is free to register for individuals based in the West of England and aims to equip learners with new skills to help them secure new or better employment in environmentally focused careers supporting air quality activity. 

Who is it for?  

Our bootcamp is designed for individuals looking to develop their careers in air quality and is ideal for individuals who have a keen interest in environmental management, air pollution, public health, carbon management, or sustainability. 

Our bootcamp is also open to businesses in the WECA region to upskill their current workforce to meet their future skills needs as a fully funded programme. 

While this bootcamp is open to anyone to take part, we are especially keen to hear from applicants who fall into one of the following groups/criteria and these people will be given priority access: 

  • Women; individuals with a disability; and/or individuals from underrepresented ethnic minority group 
  • Graduates in Environment/Sustainability; Environmental/Public Health; Land Use Planners; Transport Planners; Engineers 

What will you learn? 

  • Air Quality Management and Policy;   
  • Air Quality Monitoring and Modelling;   
  • Citizen Science/Low Cost Sensors;   
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation;   
  • Public Health & Inequalities;  
  • Communicating complex science;  
  • Emerging pollutants and Low Carbon Futures.  

When does it start? 

  • This fully funded bootcamp begins on Wednesday 20th April 2022 and runs for 11 weeks 
  • Timetabled learning will be delivered on Wednesdays, 10am – 4pm in person at Frenchay Campus, Bristol  
  • An additional 4-6 hours of self-study per week will be expected. 

Individuals can apply here or if you are a business interested in upskilling a member(s) of your team please contact us, at digitalworkforce@uwe.ac.uk or phone 0117 32 82001 to discuss the bootcamp requirements further.  

More information: 

Job Preparation 

The bootcamp will finish with a 2-week ‘Employability Support Module’. You will be provided with a range of online support tools to help you secure higher-level employed roles in new or existing workplaces.  

Support includes: 

  • CV & cover letter writing 
  • Interview preparation 
  • Networking skills 
  • LinkedIn profile building   
  • Introductions to relevant employers 

Mentoring 

Throughout the bootcamps, you will be paired with an industry mentor to complement your learning and open doors to future employment opportunities. 

If you’re interested in becoming a skills bootcamp industry mentor, please register your interest here.

Contact 

If you would like to speak to a member of the team before registering your interest in the bootcamp, email digitalworkforce@uwe.ac.uk and we will be happy to help. 

Applications now open for UWE Bristol’s Green Skills programme

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Delivering opportunities for young people and increasing ethnic diversity in the flourishing green economy

Green Skills for Jobs and Entrepreneurship, a transformational ‘first of its kind’ skills programme has opened for applications.  It is offering young people aged 18 – 28 living in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset access to green jobs, training and business opportunities. The programme particularly encourages applications from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse young people.

The programme, led by UWE Bristol, in collaboration with NatWest and the Black South West Network will help the West of England region transition to a green economy, while seeking to address the underrepresentation of people from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse backgrounds in environmental careers, through an inclusive and equitable programme of training and employment opportunities. 

Launched against a backdrop of economic recovery, following the Covid pandemic, and the demand for 50,000 new jobs to be created in the region by 2030 to meet the zero carbon target, it will provide participants with fully paid training in newly emerging green skills, facilitate access to internships and support start-ups in a fast growing sector.  

Learners will receive 8 days of paid in-person training in small groups focusing on developing leadership and networking skills, whilst covering topics including the future of energy, a zero waste approach to food and carbon neutral building and retrofitting. They will then move on to either a paid local internship, or fully funded further training, or support for starting their own business.

Learners will receive tailored coaching, mentoring and careers advice throughout the programme and benefit from site visits to experience green skills in action.

Businesses in the region looking to include diverse talent and introduce key green skills into their business will be able to benefit from fully funded internship opportunities.

As a legacy, the project will launch a Green Skills and Entrepreneurship HUB providing a toolkit of skills and business support for learners, entrepreneurs, businesses and social enterprises and will including training modules and talent and employment opportunities.

Sado Jirde, Director, Black South West Network said “BSWN is delighted to be a partner in this pilot programme. The opportunities to provide targeted, sector specific skills and enterprise opportunities to Black and Minoritized communities are few and far between and this programme is an innovative and unique step forward. We are looking forward to welcoming a cohort of Black and Minoritized environmental entrepreneurs to our new Enterprise and Culture Centre at the Coach House in St Paul’s. We hope that this pilot will evolve into an ongoing, longer-term programme that will address two-fold, intersecting issues of the environmental crisis and racial injustice.”

Director of Business, Research and Innovation, Tracey John said: “Green Skills for Jobs and Entrepreneurship will provide the skills and support needed by young people who’ve missed out on so many opportunities as a result of the Covid pandemic, while opening up opportunities to communities that have previously experienced difficulty in receiving mainstream support. We’re delighted to be working with our partners at Black South West Network and NatWest to deliver such an exciting new programme helping to create inclusive regional economic growth whilst supporting the West of England’s transition to a green economy.

Matt Hatcher, Director, Commercial Banking said: “As a principal partner at COP26 and as the leading bank in the UK for business customers and one of the largest for retail customers, we understand the role the finance sector needs to play in helping companies, customers and communities achieve their net zero ambitions. Our recent Springboard to Sustainability Report has also shown the opportunities the green economy can create. SMEs could create up to 130,000 new jobs, produce around 30,000 new businesses and result in an estimated £160 billion opportunity for the UK economy. This partnership offers the chance to put our young people and communities at its heart. By working together with UWE Bristol and the Black South West Network, we can provide the skills and resources to help nurture their potential and make progress towards a more inclusive economy in the West of England.”

Young people interested in applying to the scheme should see below:

Businesses in the region can find out more at www.skillsforfutures.co.uk


About

It is managed, in the West of England, by the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) on behalf of the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The UK Community Renewal Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK, creating opportunities to trial new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level.

WECA covers the three geographical areas of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire.

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series – New for 2022

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UWE Bristol has developed a series of inspiring workshops for individuals, teams and organisations. Delivered through a blend of peer-to-peer learning and interactive sessions attendees will learn proactive practical skills and tools to enhance their professional and personal impact.

Each workshop is interactive and reflective, with live practice sessions to explore and apply learning within a supportive community of practice. All workshops are delivered fully online through our learning platform which puts you in contact with your tutor and fellow students and there are no formal entry requirements.

Find out more about the courses below:

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: Power of Good Meetings

Understanding the importance and power of good meetings is the same as investing in the success of any business or vocation. Whether you are hosting, chairing, facilitating or participating in meetings, there are a number of vital things to be aware of and actively support in order to ensure that the organisation, its members, beneficiaries and stakeholders benefit from the power of meetings.

In this interactive workshop, we will be exploring the common pitfalls and landmines in meetings as well as developing tools for good practice towards actual mastery. The workshop is designed for anyone who has ever sat in a meeting and who wishes to become a great host, chair, facilitator or participant.

Starting 26 January 2022

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: The Practice of Attention in a World of Distraction

This workshop is about how we attend, what we attend to, and the stories we tell about it. If you feel exhausted by the ever-increasing wealth of competing demands for your attention, you are not alone. At every turn our attention is subject to capture and most of the time, leaders and managers feel unable to freely give attention to the kinds of activities they consider most important.

The workshop is designed for leaders, managers and others wanting to explore the impact of the Attention Economy and how to address the emerging issues. Gain a set of practical tools that can be used by leaders, managers and all others involved in an organisation or context. Methodologies and content are particularly designed to make good use of a diverse group, so we welcome people in a range of different roles.

2022 dates TBC.

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: Trust and Collaboration

Now more than ever, leaders and managers are required to create, develop and support individuals and teams in a range of online environments. However, when we encounter each other in a physical environment, there are a range of nuances, sub-conscious signals and observations that help us establish trust and build collaborative relationships. The more we can be aware of what is gained and lost in the virtual environment, the better our leadership and management will be.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore how to create ways of working together in a virtual environment that develops trust and supports collaboration. We will explore the dynamics in both existing and new teams and learn how to include new members in a way that supports everyone.
Onboarding a new member of staff exclusively online is a challenge that many leaders and managers have had to face in the last year and there are many lessons learnt in the process that we will investigate and develop further together.

Starting 09 March 2022.

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: Effective Tools for Habits That Work for You

Recent events have highlighted how important effective routines and habits are in supporting us through challenging times. Adapting to working from home, social distancing, balancing work and personal commitments, career changes, getting fit, wellbeing, being resilient, and the list goes on!

This is for anyone that recognises they need to develop effective habits and practices in order to make changes in their lives, professionally and/or personally. The tools that we’ll use are not specific to an industry or management level but useful and effective for all. We bring the tools for designing habits, you will bring your goals, vision, or desired outcomes!

2022 dates TBC.

UWE Bristol Inspire Workshop Series: Planning and Delivering Virtual Events Successfully

The recent disruption that the coronavirus has caused has required organisations to quickly transition to running events of all shapes and sizes online rather than in the traditional in-person format. While there will continue to be a place for full in-person events in the future, the flexibility and reach of delivering events virtually are such that organisations will continue to harness online technology and delivery of events as part of a successful engagement strategy.

Designed to stimulate, inspire, and engage, this two-day interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for you to not only learn the fundamentals of designing and running a virtual event but also how to ensure success and the creation of a lasting legacy. The workshop is designed for individuals and SMEs who are currently running or looking to run, events in a virtual or hybrid format.

2022 dates TBC.


Click here for more information about all of UWE Bristol’s Professional Development Courses.  

UWE Bristol announce upcoming Skills for Clean Growth programme for SMEs in the West of England

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UWE Bristol, in collaboration with NatWest and West of England Combined Authority (WECA), has announced its upcoming launch of the Skills for Clean Growth (SCG) programme in January 2022.

SCG is a free business support programme for SMEs in the West of England to help drive the region’s ambitions for clean and inclusive growth, as part of the Workforce for the Future programme.

The programme, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), will provide the skills and workforce development needed for businesses to transition to a low carbon economy.

This includes access to a range of skills development, training and CPD – including the leadership skills needed to build a clean growth strategy; and the knowledge and tools to achieve sustainability.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for support, applicants must have a business presence in the West of England (Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset) and be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) with less than 250 employees.

Registrations

The SCG programme is accepting registrations from SMEs now!

If you are interested in registering, please apply via the SCG website here where key information is outlined. Please select the ‘Apply now’ button where you will be asked to fill out some details about your company and the support you are looking for on a registration form.

A member of the UWE Bristol team will then be in touch with you to arrange an initial discussion around the programme and any of your needs. If you have any further queries in the meantime, please contact us via cleangrowth@uwe.ac.uk and one of the team will get back to you.

Workforce for the Future

UWE Bristol is delivering Workforce for the Future on behalf of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) in collaboration with other partners.

Alongside the SCG programme, SMEs can access other support from expert partners. Please visit the West of England Combined Authority Growth Hub to find out more.

Come and work with us…

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We are looking for some exceptional people to come and join the team at UWE Bristol’s Research, Business and Innovation

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

KTP is a great opportunity to fast-track your career. We currently have three vacancies, all are a 24 month fixed term contract, which includes management and business skills training provided by the national KTP programme and a further £2k per annum dedicated training budget tailored towards your personal development.

Specialist support from the academic team at UWE Bristol are provided and on completion of the KTP project it is the company’s intention to offer on-going employment to the right candidate.

Machine Learning and Imaging Integration Engineer (KTP Associate) based at B-hive Innovations Ltd in Lincolnshire

The Role: This role requires an awareness of AI and machine learning frameworks and an understanding of relevant imaging systems. The role of the KTP Associate will help determine DM content to improve utilisation of raw material through crop selection and enabling higher resale opportunities. This will include implementing advanced technical procedures and performing new experimental designs.

  • Closing date is 08/12/2021
  • Salary £35,000
  • Apply here

Business Change Analyst (KTP Associate) based Lynne Fernandes Limited in Bristol

The Role: Do you have an awareness of marketing practices and an understanding of implementing new organisational processes and practices? Then this is a fantastic opportunity to work in a collaborative partnership between the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol and Lynne Fernandes Limited under the UK Government sponsored Management Knowledge Transfer Partnership (MKTP) programme.

During the 24-month project you will develop and embed the necessary management capabilities and leadership skills required to grow the company in line with its strategic ambitions, and increase its effectiveness and productivity in a scalable way.

  • Closing date 30/11/2021
  • Salary £30,000
  • Apply here

Research and Knowledge Exchange

The Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Development Managers will support development of research and knowledge exchange projects and processes for the University’s key thematic areas.  We are recruiting three posts, each with specialist expertise

Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Development Manager (HSS)

This role is focused on Health, including health technologies, mental health, biomedical, healthy communities, public health, health and social care (please refer to the UWE website to find a summary of all our research strengths in these areas).

The RKE Development Manager will be responsible for increasing external income through the identification, preparation, submission, and on occasion delivery, of significant funding proposals. They will work closely with UWE’s Research Centre Directors and Group Leaders to support them in achieving their strategic ambitions and objectives in relation to research and knowledge exchange, through the development, support and delivery of activities that foster the research environment needed to increase research and knowledge exchange income activity.

  • Salary: £40,927 – £44.706
  • Hours: Full time
  • Closing Date: 14/12/2021
  • Apply here

Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Development Manager (BSS)

This role is focused on Business and Social Sciences, including law, criminology, sociology, politics, economics, marketing, human resources, and operations management (please refer to the UWE website to find a summary of all our research strengths in these areas).  

The RKE Development Manager will be responsible for increasing external income through the identification, preparation, submission, and on occasion delivery, of significant funding proposals. They will work closely with UWE’s Research Centre Directors and Group Leaders to support them in achieving their strategic ambitions and objectives in relation to research and knowledge exchange, through the development, support and delivery of activities that foster the research environment needed to increase research and knowledge exchange income activity.

  • Salary: £40,927 – £44.706
  • Hours: Full time
  • Closing Date: 14/12/2021
  • Apply here

Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE) Development Manager (EE)

This role is focused on Environment and Engineering, including robotics, sustainable planning and environment, sustainable food production, smart manufacturing, air and water quality, and transport and society (please refer to the UWE website to find a summary of all our research strengths in these areas).

The RKE Development Manager will be responsible for increasing external income through the identification, preparation, submission, and on occasion delivery, of significant funding proposals. They will work closely with UWE’s Research Centre Directors and Group Leaders to support them in achieving their strategic ambitions and objectives in relation to research and knowledge exchange, through the development, support and delivery of activities that foster the research environment needed to increase research and knowledge exchange income activity.

  • Salary: £40,927 – £44.706
  • Hours: Full time
  • Closing Date: 14/12/2021
  • Apply here

UWE Bristol announce fully funded short courses in partnership with West of England Institute of Technology

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UWE Bristol, in partnership with the West of England Institute of Technology is delivering four exciting skills development short courses as part of the new fully funded Certificate of Future Technologies.

UWE Bristol will be providing the following courses, fully funded as part of the Certificate of Future Technologies:

  • Fundamentals of Digital Twin (2 days) – starts 23 November 2021
  • Fundamentals of Industry 4.0 (2 days) – starts 7 December 2021
  • Introduction to Robotics (1 day) – starts 10 February 2022
  • Leadership for Sustainability and Social Value (2 days) – starts January 2022 (exact dates TBC)

The new Certificate of Future Technologies is a modular course designed by employers and educational institutions working in partnership to help businesses access high-quality, short, modular, technical training modules to upskill and reskill staff to better address their business needs.

The modular offer is ‘pick and mix’ to meet individual and industry need; and job role. The courses are designed by employers and educational institutions working in partnership to help businesses access high-quality, short, modular, technical training modules to upskill and reskill staff to better address their business needs and embrace the digitisation of the workplace.

The brand-new course will offer a blend of classroom and remote online study, and will vary in length from 50 to 70 hours – giving more adults greater flexibility in how and when they learn, so they can fit it around their lives.

These courses are being delivered in response to the growing demand for Digital Skills in the region and to support those whose progression, development or employment has been affected by the pandemic.

Eligibility criteria

The Certificate of Future Technologies is open to all individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • aged 19+
  • currently in work
  • whose employer is based within the West of England

Find about the Institute of Technology courses

Our Courses

Fundamentals of Digital Twin (2 days)

Starts 23 November

This introductory course will introduce you to the concepts and processes of digital twinning and ways this can benefit your organisation. 

Originating from the aerospace sector, digital twinning is now utilised across a wide range of sectors and industry to help reduce risks, improve business efficiencies, accelerate time to market, support staff, and engage with customers.

A digital twin acts as a digital representation that functions as a shadow (or twin) of a physical object or process and enables an organisation to explore different scenarios outside of their daily operations. Examples of ways digital twinning has been utilised across industries include:

  • remotely monitor and control equipment and systems and monitor system performance
  • implement simulation models to test and predict new processes and layouts and to explore process changes under different what-if scenarios
  • allow partners/customers to experiment with new configurations of your product/service
  • develop and train your workforce through digital work instructions to replace procedure manuals to allow employees to access step-by-step instructions while completing tasks in real time. 

While digital twin technology is utilised in large-scale processes, it also provides an accessible mechanism to make smaller incremental improvements and innovations within your organisation.

Who is this for?

This course is aimed at business leaders; technical leaders and strategic decisionmakers within the organisation interested in learning more around digital twin technology and its business potential.

Fundamentals of Industry 4.0 (2 days)

Starts 7 December  

This course provides an insight into how new technologies are creating the emergence of Industry 4.0. 

Participants will gain an understanding into the technologies and challenges of industry 4.0. in addition, the impact of industry 4.0 on business, security, education, and environment will be explained. 

The key technologies of industry 4.0 such as autonomous robotics, additive manufacturing, Internet of Things, simulation, the cloud, and systems integration will be explained. 

An introduction to the smart factory will also be explained in terms of flexibility and the reconfigurability. In addition, the steps to implement a smart factory will be explained.

Who is this for?

This course is aimed at individuals wanting to improve knowledge in industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing.

Introduction to Robotics (1 day)

Starts 10 February

This practical workshop will allow participants to learn through a hands-on approach to gain an insight into different hardware options and operating systems for industrial robotics. 

Based in our Bristol Robotics Laboratory, will get an overview of the robotics sector, through using three industrial robotic arms, with experience technicians onsite to answer questions and provide demonstrations.

Who is this for?

This course is aimed at individuals wanting to improve knowledge in robotics

And factory floor personnel who might have input into acquisition of robots and automation.

Leadership for Sustainability and Social Value (2 days)

Starts January 2022 (exact dates TBC)

This course is designed to help organisations develop the capability and knowledge needed to create a vision and build sustainability and social value into their strategy. 

Who is this for?

This course is aimed at business leaders and senior managers with business decision making responsibilities 

Find about the Institute of Technology courses and book your place.

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