Ensure programme

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This was presented at the end of the 10 week Ensure programme which entailed me presenting to all the academics and students involved in the Ensure programme and as a final review of the work pursued in the 10 week period.

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Ensure programme

  1. 1.  I have just completed my second year at Loughborough University studying Architectural Engineering and Design Management, a course held by the civil and building school I was chosen to be part of the research project team for MEGS-KT through ‘Ensure’ for ten weeks over the 2012 summer period
  2. 2. The Midlands Energy Graduate School (MEGS)is a collaboration between the University ofBirmingham, Loughborough University and theUniversity of Nottingham combining theircapabilities for energy related research andteaching. MEGS will help meet the growingdemand in the UK for more highly trained lowcarbon technologies researchers. MEGS willachieve this through enhancing thepostgraduate training programme for energyresearchers by delivering a mix of bothspecialist knowledge and multidisciplinarytraining
  3. 3. When I first saw all these abbreviations Iwas a bit confused too. Megs-KT stands forthe midlands energy graduate schoolknowledge transfer project. We are tryingto develop a platform where knowledgecan be transferred between small andmedium enterprises andprofessionals, students and graduates inthe built environment.
  4. 4.  So that we could start contacting the correct companies, we needed to define what we meant by SMEs… We came to a decision to use the definition provided by the EU law:
  5. 5.  This was still an extensive definition for us to be working with so we needed to filter it stillGeographically: They were restricted by only includingthose that either were based or worked for the EastMidlands
  6. 6. Sectorally: They were to be restricted tothose small companies that work in thedomestic sector not the commercial sector
  7. 7. They were then also narrowed down to thosecompanies that are related to the energydivision.
  8. 8. •Is their company based in any of the following areas: Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire? •If not, are most of their jobs/projects in the followign areas:Are they in the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire?East Midlands? •Do they supply/install renewable technologies? •Do they generate renewable technologies?Are they in theenergy sector? •Are most of their jobs/projects for domestic buildings? •Are they related to the built environment?Are they in the domesticsector? •Is their company made up of less than 250 people? •Do they make a turnover of less than 50 million euros P.A ? Are they an SME?
  9. 9. 1. We firstly conducted a literature reviewon the research that has already beenmade on this topic. The taxonomy andontology of professions in the supply chainwere studied. Many reports discussed theroles of SMEs in the industry but not manyanalysed the roles of professions in the builtenvironment…and that is what we werelooking for.
  10. 10. 2.We then tried to create a database ofcontacts that matched the criteria wewere looking for by researchingappropriate companies and networking atlocal events
  11. 11. 3. We then produced a questionnairewhich analysed the company’s needs,difficulties it may be facing, the roles andresponsibilities of the interviewee and theonline documents they accessed most fortheir companies needs.This information would give us a generalidea of how the company interacted in thesupply chain and any gaps they may havein their knowledge
  12. 12. 4. We then started holding interviews withthose who had agreed for us to contactthem further about the project in thequestionnaire. These were all transcribedand documented.We even work shadowed some companiesand video taped them in action.
  13. 13. 5. Our next step is to hold workshops withthe community we have created, andallow them to input their thoughts andopinions into our final platform and allowthem to create a solution for their needs
  14. 14. 6. The last step will be to engage thecommunity and obtain their feedback onthe final output of the project (which will bein the form of a website).This website will hopefully be used by thecommunity we have created and otherinterested SMEs, students or freelancebuilders looking for more information onrenewable energies in the domestic sector.

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