A CROSS-INSTITUTIONAL LEARNING FRAMEWORK FOR ENERGY CPD: MEGS-KT Dr Andrea Wheeler, Dr Paul Rowley, Martin Hamilton An Innovative Knowledge Platform for Business and Community Engagement A co-developed service model for online continuing professional development in the energy sector
OUTLINE• Context• Problem.• Method• Solution is: the development method and the “demonstrator”.• Benefits
Questionnaires and Interviews (andEthnographic Research) • 10 paper filled questionnaire • 18 online surveys • 16 transcribed interviews • 1 work shadow day (excellent data but too time consuming) • 3 planned “co-design” workshops
Insights from questionnaires lack therichness of the dialogue at fellows lecturesSMEs do not have defined roles like larger companies.SMEs have little time to research and improve their businessesNo-one understands the Green Deal (May 2012)?SMEs cannot communicate well their needs, when asked.In the current climate there is a lack of work/ of projects (architects lackprojects, construction companies lack projects).Bureaucratic methods for getting accredited discouragespeoples/companies from accreditation (subsequent lack of jobs, loss oftenders).Many people are interested in the DIY section of the sector.The construction industry is poor in terms of QA.With the Green Deal approaching there is a need for up-skilling the retro-fitindustry.Low carbon and renewable energy technologies need to be marketed tothe average client.
Mapping the sector (members andpotential members of the community)
The taxonomy: “ a list of lists” ROLES ACTIVITY* INFORMATION BUSINESS NEED (Knowledge transfer drivers) (self-identification) (interviews and SOURCES (cited in questionnaire responses interview and demonstrated the industry to questionnaire) be fluid in roles and identifying activities may reflect better the characteristics of the sectors) Client advisor Research Green Deal Communication skills -consultant Writing Government Finding funding -low carbon consultant Business statistics Support for business innovation -researcher strategy/strategic thinking DECC Finding resources for R&D -unpaid consultant Direct marketing People in Glazing More business opportunities -lobby group Administration Sustainable INet Technical knowledge -Fire consultant Organisational tasks Derby County Policy knowledge -Health and Safety Innovation Council QA training for installersengineer Business development Universities Finding work/new projects -Architect Building Derby Carbon Finding new projects abroad --Design manager relationships/networking Initiative Winning new business on the right commercial terms --Project manager Interpersonal Fabricators/ Allotting enough time to new business ventures Trainer communication manufacturers Don’t know what is needed -facilitator Client advise (consultant) Personal library Attracting skilled workforce Designer Technical interface Building online Knowing how to meet LEED and Breem compliance levels - (architect) RIBA- To have a variety of projectsFabricator/Manufacturer Integration of client www.architecture.com How to identify projects that will bring the most and those that will bring Supplier advice (architect) Google/Wikipedia the least financial benefits Wholesaler Training Building magicians How to deal with the recession Client NHBC foundation More information on the Green Deal Homemaker Teaching www.edjcdatabase. Jobs Contractor Researching com Marketing to clients Tradesmen Grant writing/ International Electrican Tender preparation energy agency Apprentice EDUCATE Installer Ashrae.org Manager CIBSE Director Energy plus -Entrepreneur SAP textbooks
Building the MEGS-KT community of practice – the Jisc, thefellows (the catalytic individuals) and SMEs teamFellows Lecture Series17/10/2012 Robin Nicholson, Edward Cullinan Architects24/10/2012 Russell Smith, Parity Projects14/11/2012 Terry McGivern, The Institute for Sustainability and theFlash Programme05/12/2012 John Davis, Domestic Green Deal Assessor16/01/2012 Carl Benfield, Prescient Power30/01/2012 Keyur Vadodaria, Researcher, CALEBRE project20/02/2012 Rich Cartwright, RDC Energy , Jonathan Gilbert, TheRapid technology Transfer Group, and Tracy ThomasTo ensure the sustainability of the project CEDE has agreed to fund thecontinued development of the community and engagement with thedemonstrator / website through monthly evening lectures.
Catalytic Individuals and Our Social MediaFellow Tracy Thomas
LinkedIn Community (50+ additionalmembers in the East Midlands)
The Community of PracticeCommunity (50 participants over 7 workshops (9 speakers))Fellows: Robin Nicholson (Award Winning Architect, ex- Vice PresidentRIBA), Parity Projects (Award Winning SME), Institute for Sustainability(Training Centre), John Davis (Green Deal Assessor), Saucy Horse (SocialNetworking Business Champion). Carl Benfield (Prescient Energy [Solar andWind]), Keyur Vadodaria (Researcher/ Architect), Richard Cartright (Engineer,RDC Energy Ltd, [Heat Pumps]) Jonathan Gilbert (Rapid Technology TransferGroup [Innovative Technologies]) Tracy Thomas (Saucy Horse, Social MediaMarketing)PhD students/Researchers (Loughborough University, NottinghamUniversity) Enrique Centelles, Kate Simpson, Sergey Fomin, Paula Cosar,Becky Gough, Philip Leicester, Sven HallinAcademics: Professor Jacqui Glass, Dr Paul Rowley, Dr Steven Firth, ZulfikarAdamu
Co-design, refining needs, building the specificationFellows Lecture Series + Co-designworkshops ahead of fellows lectures WORK PACKAGE 2
Barriers and limitations to this sort ofprimary research• Hard to engage SMEs• SMEs don’t know what their knowledge needs are (they don’t know what they don’t know)• Professional bodies/networks limiting access to SMEs by “outsiders” (difficult to send out questionnaire via professional bodies)• Concerns about sharing commercial information from SMEs – “I prefer not to say”
Sustainability• Megs steering committee support for the platform being sought – this will ensure the long term sustainability of the project (after evaluation phases).User testing carried out in Feb/March proposed by “correspondents” proposed to continue with “fellows” over 6 months.• Fellow – Tracy Thomas will continue to maintain LinkedIn group and twitter feed.• Lecture series post project to continue with the support of CEDE (responding to the demand) as part of the outreach activities of CEDE.• IT services Loughborough University to continue to host and provide technical support for the platform in the case of technical difficulties.
Benefits to others• Links to the Institute for Sustainability FLASH programme to develop the long- term potential of MEGS-KT in joint funding projects to deliver training – a long term vision for the “demonstrator” combining with the FLASH programme now being delivered outside.• (Links with other cluster projects.)• SME approaching University to be part of research projects and to test their products.
The Community Views• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx602K nOiFM
Thanks again for another great evening. Can you direct me tothe web page where we can download the lectures.Carl Benfield BEng (Hons) MSc CEng MIMechE MioDManaging Director, Prescient Power Ltd
SUMMARY: What will the world look like after the project?• We have fostered an interest in University based research developments in green technology from SMEs.• We have established a community of academics, researchers, local individuals and SMEs keen to develop proposals and pilot project testing community energy projects.• Provided physical opportunity for community meetings around renewable energy and interest in community energy projects.• We have a service demonstrator which will sustain this community and it’s thirst for knowledge (and a sustainability plan).
• We have begun to build a widening group of local individuals.• We have successfully explored the role of social networking in building a local business community.• We have a demonstrator platform will foster this community and link University resources and initiatives to the community.
Transferability• The solution – an easy to use, desirable online “demonstrator” to share and review new knowledge – an online platform for a developing community of SMEs (installers), researchers, academics and local homeowners.• Are the community using it? Will be and evaluating.• What does the community think about it?• Are there benefits outside the community?