Knowledge transfer activities
Knowledge transfer activities span chemistry, forensic science, microbiology, BIM, electronics, robotics, engineering, new product development, system development and many related areas.
The Faculty has collaborated with companies on more than 100 knowledge transfer partnerships in the last decade covering subjects as diverse as developing a novel hydraulic arm for a gulley emptier; embedding BIM into manufacturing companies; creating control systems for LED lighting; developing bacteria to control odours in industrial processes; developing robotic cleaners, and creating new DNA testing for invasive species in water.
Its academics are keen to collaborate with industry in developing partnerships that not only help the companies involved, but feedback into university research and teaching.
The Faculty’s offering extends to aiding companies with product design and development, including free advice to local businesses around new product design, market research, intellectual property advice and new product planning. This service operates under the title of Innovative Product Support Services (IPSS), and has supported over 200 companies in the last three years.
Within the School of Architecture and the Build Environment, the Faculty also runs BECCI, offering support to businesses developing innovative low carbon solutions, with a focus on products and services for housing and commercial buildings. In addition to offering product research and advice, the project works with a range of large housing providers to run ‘challenges’ that offer those with low carbon innovations the opportunity to pitch products to a buyers audience. The Faculty of Science and Engineering runs an Innovation Centre on the Wolverhampton Science Park.
Training and CPD
The University offers a range of short courses and CPD across all Faculty subject areas. Courses can be developed on a bespoke basis to meet specific business needs.
At the forefront of Faculty activity is the provision of industry-ready graduates for regional companies seeking the brightest talent. Flagship projects around developing car and track support teams for Formula Renault and F3 Racing Teams have provided many engineering students with a platform to develop an extensive range of practice vocational skills. The Faculty is also partnering with Morgan Cars in providing their track support team from its pool of engineering students so widening this experience still further.
Computer Science students are encouraged in year 2 to undertake a ‘live’ software or development project with industry lasting 10 weeks as part of their employability studies. Should your business have a suitable project, please contact the Faculty today.