Issue date: 04 December 2001

The South-West finalists of a competition aimed at promoting innovation and technology transfer will be announced on Wednesday 5 December at a presentation at the University of the West of England.

Eight recent graduates who have been working on special projects at companies in the South-West have been shortlisted to give electronic poster presentations of their work. The most innovative idea will receive a cash prize, and the three best entries will go forward to the national final to be held in Birmingham in July.

The finalists are working on a wide range of topics, from a pricing system for third generation mobile phone technology for Motorola UK Ltd to new product development for Pasta King (UK) Ltd. All of them were given a chance to accelerate their careers and gain experience in jobs where they would be given real responsibility thanks to government-funded TCS (Teaching Company Scheme) programmes. These programmes offer successful graduates - in any discipline - work on projects central to the development of a particular business, usually for a period of two years.

Final year students at UWE have been invited to the award ceremony to find out how TCS could help them in making their first move into employment after graduation.

The judging panel, chaired by UWE TCS Manager Fern Urquhart, will include Dr Dave Pippard, Deputy Director of Teaching Company Directorate (TCD); Paul Eccleson, Business Security Manager at AxaSunLife and Meredydd Jones, regional manager of the London Stock Exchange. They will judge the entries on the following criteria:

„h The clarity and visual impact of the presentation
„h The commercial relevance of the project
„h The degree of innovation in the project


Editor¡¦s notes

Competition judging will take place at B Block in UWE¡¦s Frenchay campus from 2.45 ¡V 3.30pm on Wednesday 5 December 2001. There will be an opportunity to take photographs of the winning entrants receiving their awards at 3.45pm.

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