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NEF Masterclasses: Nurturing CPD

The first half of 2013 has proven to be a busy, but exciting time for NEF Masterclasses.

Our last masterclass before the summer holidays, ‘Innovation in Bio-based Technologies’ was run on 10 July at NIAB’s Innovation Farm.

The event looked at innovation in the key sector of agriculture and the impact on the future requirements for training and development in this area, including how FE Colleges can ensure their provision addresses the needs arising from new techniques in farming, in particular plant genetics and crop management. The event showcased the new NIAB facilities and included a tour around the extensive field and glasshouse exhibits where delegates were shown cutting edge plant science research, strategies for non-renewable resource conservation, renewable energy and fibre crops, international crops and technology, fabric and fibre dye crops and strategies for safeguarding environmental diversity.

“This afternoon was excellent! The talk on the increasing genetic diversity and dynamics in wheat was also particularly interesting.” Juliet O’Donnell, East Berkshire College

“Very interesting, I learnt a lot.” Andrea Humphries, Harper Adams University

“Excellent. Plenty of ways that the NIAB Innovation Farm facilities can be used to enhance learning and provide knowledge transfer to the students.” Tony Wilson, Easton & Otley College

“Outstanding event! The leader was very enthusiastic.” Crawford Kingsnorth, Mildenhall College

A look ahead or preview of Masterclasses for Autumn 2013 and beyond. 

Dates and locations are provisional. Colleges and lecturers should contact us to register interest to ensure that you receive an invite as soon as details are confirmed.  Please note that events may be subject to cancellation where interest appears to be low, so please do let us know if you are interested!  We also encourage you to place requests and we will do our best to address these.

September

Power Industry Training with Lincoln University

The first new engineering department in the UK for 20 years includes a dedicated space for the Siemens Turbomachinery Ltd’s training centre to address the requirements of the power and new ‘green engineering’ sectors by creating the engineers of the future.

Show your interest here.

October

Rapid Prototyping for Microcontrollers with ARM Holdings, Cambridge

Microcontrollers are all around us in common use all the time, and many are designed by this globally successful high-tech Cambridge company. 

Show your interest here.

An Insight to Tube and Rail Improvement Projects, Crossrail, London

A chance to visit a working construction site underground in London, with insights to the skills requirements for rail.

Show your interest here.

Plastics Recycling with Axion Consulting, Trafford Park

Find out about the chemistry and engineering of waste and the Circular Economy at a leading company that develops and operates innovative processing solutions for recycling waste materials.

Show your interest here.

November

Cybersecurity with Bournemouth University

Meet the experts at BU’s new cyber security unit to understand some of the current and future security and assurance issues facing the UK.

Show your interest here.

Developments in Biofuels with British Sugar, Norfolk

As one of the UK’s leading agriprocessors with an interest in innovative new technology, British Sugar began production of Bioethanol in September 2007 making the first producer in the UK.

Show your interest here.

New Technologies in Automotive Design with Jaguar Land Rover, Gaydon

A chance to visit one of JLR's principal engineering centres, to see the technologies in use in the design, research and development of JLR vehicles.

Show your interest here.

December

High Value Manufacturing with AMRC, Sheffield

The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing is a world-class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors.

Show your interest here.

Skills for Space Technologies, Host and Location TBC

The space industry in the UK is a small but growing sector - highly specialist and demanding of good technical skills, with opportunities for FE to engage.

Show your interest here.

January

Advances in Welding and Fabrication with TWI, Cambridge

A re-run of a very popular event at The Welding Institute who will showcase latest technologies and their services in welding, materials science, underwater welding inspection and NDT.

Show your interest here.

Mobile Technologies with O2, Location TBC

An exploration of the future of mobile communications and applications with a leader in IT.

Show your interest here.

Please contact Robyn Burriss at robyn.burriss@thenef.org.uk or on 0208 786 3677 if you would like to show interest in any of the above proposed Masterclasses or if you have any queries.

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