A Proposal For Working With Higher Education

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Presentation given at the BSI Consumer and Public Interest Network All-Members Summer Meeting on 27th July, 2010 proposing ideas on working with the Higher Education sector

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  • Previous focus was mainly Key Stage 2 – Sixth Form GetGreenGo, a competition focused on sustainability, encouraging adoption of BS 8901 to school events. BSI Education website There were some HE focused projects: Research projects by Dr Henk de Vries and Dr Knut Blind in to the education of standardisation Joint project with AFNOR based on ISO standards Various collaborative projects with universities prior to standards development work (research done in order to influence need, scope and direction of standards) find examples
  • Standards are important, but difficult to teach. Many academics feel they and colleagues teaching standards do not fully understand what they are and how they’re made. Many academics are not confident in teaching standards due to lack of resources Standards themselves are expensive for students to research. Technology could help us create products for education which could be taken up quickly and easily. These products could reduce the gap between the end user (students) and BSI and encourage more interaction. The cost of being involved in standard development makes it unattractive, especially in the current funding environment. Standards could be a vehicle for getting research to market, which the UK has been traditionally slow. A collaborative group could be beneficial; listening to the industry’s needs and setting out BSI’s objectives. .
  • Change how standards are taught: The key focal point is not to get standards taught on degrees’ syllabi, many relevant courses already teach standards, it is to change the way standards are taught. We want to raise awareness of the context of standardisation, educating not just the students but the academics to encourage more enthusiasm and understanding in the students. This would benefit us in years to come with increased committee membership and use of our services.   How to do this: Creating an adaptable lecture which can be delivered to students regarding the context and history of standards can be a great tool for reaching our objective. Follow this up with a simulation exercise in a seminar: The group spend time writing their own standard. Future progress: Should this lecture gain popularity, I would propose it is recorded as a video lecture and delivered to universities in this This can then be the springboard for creating online modules, which can be used by universities as an elective module for undergraduate levels.
  • Research on standardisation can assist in increasing awareness of the role standards play in the economy as a whole and in specific areas of industry. Ideal: To assist any academics in securing funding from research bodies for study in this area or to create within some bodies a fund for standardisation impact research which can be applied in the workplace or used to help educate students on standards. Actively encouraging BSI to work with university research departments on any standards associated research that they may wish to embark on.
  • Social media Blogs & articles (THE & Guardian Education) LinkedIn and academia.edu Twitter account Standards development & standards proposal websites Traditional Meeting with individuals from a wide spectrum of areas in the industry to gather feedback and understand what they feel is needed, rather than dictate how to proceed. In the longer term, I hope to create a more proactive collaborative group. An annual conference of this group could then resolve any issues or create new solutions together. International activities with CEN and ISO will be important in maintaining our position as innovators in the industry Objectives One of the main goals will be to bring more academics in to the standardisation process, bringing them on to relevant committees. Use student feedback to identify gaps where BSI could help with their learning and also to design products suitable for their needs. Students can be vital in directing the success of the lecture presentations and any progress on the long term aspiration of the online standards module.
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  • A Proposal For Working With Higher Education

    1. 1. A proposal for working with Higher Education NEWELL HAMPSON-JONES, Education Sector Representative, BSI Wednesday 28 July 2010 Last Updated: 1 st June, 2010
    2. 2. Previous BSI Education Activities <ul><li>European Research projects with Henk de Vries & Knut Blind </li></ul><ul><li>International Journal of Quality & Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing collaborations with universities as part of the standardisation process </li></ul>
    3. 3. Feedback from Higher Education <ul><li>Teaching standards </li></ul><ul><li>Resource availability </li></ul><ul><li>Academic involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Standards research </li></ul>
    4. 4. Standardisation Education <ul><li>Change the way standards are taught </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture and follow-up seminar about the standardisation process </li></ul><ul><li>Video lectures and online modules </li></ul>
    5. 5. Standardisation Research <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Increase awareness of the impact of standards & standardisation </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the standardisation process </li></ul><ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>Explore working with research bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Continue input in independent academic projects </li></ul>
    6. 6. Working Together <ul><li>Online & Social Media </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting & collaborating </li></ul><ul><li>Involve more academics & students in the standardisation process </li></ul><ul><li>Identify areas where BSI can offer solutions </li></ul>
    7. 7. Thank you

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