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Megs conference pres


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This was presented at the MEGS Christmas conference that was held in December 2012. It addressed the project MEGS-KT that I had an opportunity to work on.

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Megs conference pres

  1. 1. MEGS-KTResearch Project Mirna Ayoubi Dr Paul Rowley Dr Andrea Wheeler
  2. 2. Introduction about myselfIhave just completed my second year at Loughborough University studying Architectural Engineering and D e s i g n M a n a g e m e n t , a course held by the civil and building school at Loughborough University Summer2012 – 10 Week Placement on the MEGS-KT Project
  3. 3. What is MEGS-KT?Midlands Energy Graduate School-Knowledge Transfer Working with SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) Discover the gaps in their knowledge „Transferring‟ the knowledge Providing a Learning Framework A JISC funded Project
  4. 4. Objectives To construct a visual representation that describes the social nature of the SME community. To Explore and evaluate the potential of specific social network-based facilities and the role of networks in knowledge identification and transfer within the SME community. Develop an exemplar for an e-learning environment
  5. 5. Which SMEs? •Their company should be based in the EM: •Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland, East Leicestershire, NorthamptonshireMidlands •Their company should supply/install renewable technologies •Or they should generate renewable technologies Energy Sector •They should be important figures in terms of innovation •Most of their jobs and projects should be forDomestic domestic and residential buildings Sector •Their company should be made up of less than 250 people •They should make a turnover of less than 50 million euros P.A, SME (EU recommendation, 2003)
  6. 6. Methodology1. Precedent Study2. Created a Database of Contacts3. Data Collection (Online surveys, questionnaires, interviews, work-shadowing and workshops)4. Reviewing the Prototype
  7. 7. Interviews
  8. 8. Question 1What would you say are the main difficulties to overcome in your role at the present time?
  9. 9. Question 2 What are the most important work related questions in your mind right now?
  10. 10. Question 3What information are you lacking to support your business growth?
  11. 11. Question 4 Are you networked/ networking?
  12. 12. InsightsSMEs 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 (architectslack projects, construction companies lack projects).Bureaucratic methods for getting accredited discouragespeoples/companies from accreditation (subsequent lack of jobs,loss of tenders).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 theretro-fit industry.Low carbon and renewable energy technologies need to bemarketed to the average client.
  13. 13. Workshops Each of the speakers represents a factor identified in the research, which aims both to uncover the barriers to the growth of these companies and to provide a training solution. Robin Nicholson is an architect and has worked closely with Government and policy makers heading Think Tanks about sustainable buildings and urban infrastructure. He will be exploring the barriers to business growth from an urban and policy perspective. Russell Smith will be telling his story about setting up his own award winning company in this field and why he had to take the approach he did to meet the needs of householders. Terry McGiven will be talking about innovative training opportunities he has set up with European Commission funds for companies in London at the Institute for Sustainability John Davis a highly inspirational speaker will be talking about the Green Deal.
  14. 14. Potential problems
  15. 15. Positives Positive support from academics, professionals, Government bodies other initiatives (Institute for Sustainability) to work with the project toward the long term sustainability of MEGS-KT. Interest from many different sectors – including academics. Engagement with key figures working in the field identified as “catalytic” individuals for the community.
  16. 16. Thank you for listening