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University LEP partnerships in practice - Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director, Knowledge Hub, University of Bedfordshire

University LEP partnerships in practice - Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director, Knowledge Hub, University of Bedfordshire



University LEP partnerships in practice

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    University LEP partnerships in practice - Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director, Knowledge Hub, University of Bedfordshire University LEP partnerships in practice - Eamonn Keenan, Associate Director, Knowledge Hub, University of Bedfordshire Presentation Transcript

    • Higher Level Skills and ESF seminar Tuesday 12 November 2013 SEMLEP and the University of Bedfordshire Eamonn Keenan
    • The South East Midlands
    • South East Midlands 1.8 Million People 141,000 businesses, of which 67,000 VAT registered Expected growth of 300,000 more people by 2025/6 127,000 new homes 134,000 new jobs
    • Aylesbury Vale Bedford Borough Central Bedfordshire Cherwell Corby Daventry Kettering Luton Northampton Borough South Northamptonshire Wellingborough
    • University of Bedfordshire 24K students, widening participation focus with strong FE and UTC links Internationally excellent Social Work (Frontline national pilot, Tilda Goldberg Centre, Vauxhall Centre) Nursing and Health: pre/post registration and PG Medical School Computer Science: Electronic and Systems Engineering; Robotics; Wireless Networks; Cybersecurity, Graphics and Visualisation Very strong SME focus for KE and HLS activity Growing short and professional courses portfolio linked to PSRBs
    • Locations Luton: Main Campus, Putteridge Bury and Butterfield Bedford Campus Aylesbury Campus Milton Keynes at UCMK
    • Centre for Wireless Research CWR brings together expertise in the area of mobile and wireless networks. With the exciting area of power harvesting on the rise, CWR has developed a unique technology which uses radio signals for powering electronic gadgets – which could eventually eliminate the need for batteries.
    • Centre for computer graphics and visualisation  Concentrates on research in computer graphics, computer animation and medical visualisation  CCGV collaborative work with more than 30 countries. Involved in 25 international projects and project co-ordinator in 9 of these.
    • Luton Campus – PG-CPD Centre
    • Luton Campus – new library
    • Bedford campus – new teaching building
    • Luton – Putteridge Bury
    • Vision ‘Through effective engagement with businesses and strategic partners, deliver a step change in economic prospects across the UK's South East Midlands, encouraging new investment, innovation, learning, sustainable growth and employment’
    • GHK Local Economic Growth Index (Source: ICF GHK 2013)
    • European funding SEMLEP has a notional allocation of European funding of £75.6 million (€88.3 million) from the new EU 201420 programme.
    • What does the University do now? • ‘Skills for Growth’ ESF co-financed project with Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire councils • ‘Supporting Graduates in Employment’ in Leadership and Management • ESF-funded interventions in Luton on Innovation and Growth eg ‘Making Innovation Happen’ • DWP (JC+) Flexible Fund project addressing unemployment of graduates and professionals over 50 • HEFCE-supported Graduate internships project to 2011 • Erasmus Lifelong Learning Programme ‘B-Innovative’ Project for students, graduates and local community
    • “The trainers shared great knowledge and insight.” “Course and training were excellent…really valuable.” “The techniques used to teach us PRINCE 2 were amazing and it has made me more confident in practicing this way of managing projects.”
    • “The tutor is amazing, really inspiring. It was one of the best training programmes I’ve ever done!” “The mix of innovation workshops and PRINCE 2 was great!” “The course really brought project management to life!” “The trainer had a high level of knowledge and a superb delivery technique.”
    • “After 30 years away from the classroom it was a wonderful experience to become a student again and implement the skills and techniques learnt during the programme back into my business.” Sharon Crosby, Blue Direct Limited “The course was both enjoyable and informative and has helped me focus on the ongoing development needs of myself and my business.” Ian Ambrose, A&D Creative Marketing
    • Typical UoB HLS offer  Knowledge Network – external and UoB Speakers  Themed events, conferences  Short courses: linked to PSRB L3 to L7  Short courses linked to PSRB and accredited by UoB L4 to L7  Higher Apprenticeships*  Award-bearing courses linked to PSRB  Joint curriculum development / delivery partnerships * Development work
    • Other support for Business Growth Business process improvement for Manufacturing and Services Skills updates in sales and marketing Bespoke programmes in strategic sales management Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, German, Spanish for business Student and graduate placements Innovation voucher and national KT schemes Consultancy services
    • South East Midlands HEI Group (SEMU)  Buckingham University  University of Bedfordshire  Cranfield University  University of Northampton  Open University
    • Current Collaborations International, via SEMU group: Zhejiang Universities summer schools and HE-led trade mission planned for 2014 ‘MK: SMART’ HEFCE-supported Catalyst Fund project, ‘an integrated innovation and support programme leveraging large-scale city data to drive economic growth’ Post-graduate Medical School (Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire) – joint Cranfield , University of Hertfordshire and University of Bedfordshire initiative
    • Where is SEMLEP going? ‘City Deal’ bid (infrastructure-led linked with private sector growth) including application for RGF for a ‘Growth Hub’ delivered by Chambers SEMLEP Skills Forum for business, sector skills experts, and providers European funding: LEP inviting EOIs from stakeholders for inclusion in Skills and Business Support actions Number of sector-specific skills initiatives eg Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Logistics, Digital Economy.
    • SEMLEP Skills Strategy and Skills Forum  Purpose: ensure skills outcomes meet business needs (ref EU investment etc)  Overall aims: information; supply to match demand  Objectives: provision, communication, promotion; provider capacity, business –led delivery, pre-employment opportunities
    • What can we do together?  Information share eg re sector skills needs and demand  Sector skills briefings  Signposting / awareness and recognition of respective offers  Mutual trade reflecting our respective ATO/PSRB links  Collaborative Bidding to SEMLEP ESF / ERDF and joined-up approaches to sector needs  Joint ‘skills pledges’ to inward investors  Skills Investment Fund: support to employers based on growth potential  Single portal to ‘skills for business’ and competitive responses