STEM Foundation

Southern Regional College Achieves the STEM Assured Standard

July 2019
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Southern Regional College is one of the largest further and higher education colleges in Northern Ireland to achieve the prestigious STEM Assured status® – an accreditation standard conducted by the UK STEM Foundation.

 
 

The college has made significant investments in its education and training infrastructure to invigorate and strengthen its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) provision in line with the current and future economic and employer needs, locally and regionally. The college’s newly introduced STEM strategy has highlighted a new direction of travel that reflects the growing skills needs in new and emerging technology areas and practices. The college works with over 360 employers and has over 1000 students on work-related Training for Success and Apprenticeship programmes. Its programmes include full honours degrees in several STEM areas including Computer Science, Manufacturing Engineering, Interactive Media.

 
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Areas of innovation and technology specialism include the following in STEM sectors:

 
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Food Innovation, including Food Science Engineering and Manufacturing, including Mechatronics, IoT IT and Mobile Computing, including Technology for Accountancy Applied Industrial / Chemical Science Creative and Digital Technologies, including Gaming Construction Innovation, including BIM
(Building Information Modelling)

The STEM Assured® standard provides an integrated approach to benchmarking and validating the quality of STEM provision by a college, academy or school. The process includes an independent visiting panel that assesses the overall strategic commitment to the STEM provision, interviews staff, students and local employers. Industry leaders also contribute to the assessment process.

 
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STEM Foundation   Southern Regional College Chief Executive, Brian Doran said:

“We are delighted to receive the prestigious STEM Assured Award. This award, which was assessed by a panel of industrialists, reflects the hard work and dedication of our lecturers, students and stakeholders in ensuring that Southern Regional College’s STEM provision is innovative, wide-ranging and relevant to the needs of local business and industry. This award recognises our unwavering commitment to promoting STEM curriculum opportunities across the region – providing increased opportunities for all, driving improvement and supporting regional economic growth.”


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Southern Regional College was also recognised for its Regional Life Science Hub and its active learning communities’ engagements particularly, with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s amongst many other examples of good and best practice.
 
 
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  Prof Sa’ad Medhat, Chief Executive of the STEM Foundation said:

“STEM disciplines form the backbone for industrial competitiveness and provide a strong foundation for employment. The Southern Regional College’s STEM capability has been independently benchmarked using the STEM Assured Standard. Southern Regional College has demonstrated a clear commitment to investing in facilities and teaching staff, informed by an ongoing horizon-scanning of skills needs and emergence of new technologies and practices. The development and delivery of industry-relevant cross-curriculum STEM provision was reflected in the positive experience expressed by many of the students, teachers, employers and other external stakeholders that were interviewed during the STEM Assured validation process. This provided a strong indication that the college’s STEM strategy is heading in the right direction. So, many congratulations to Southern Regional College staff and students on achieving the STEM Assured standard and award.”
 

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