UWE MBA programme offers expertise to SW advanced engineering companies

Issue date: 01 February 2012


UWE Bristol's MBA programme is linking up with the South West's Advanced Engineering and Aerospace iNet (AAE iNet) to offer free business expertise to advanced engineering companies.

The Bristol MBA is designed to allow postgraduate students to take a step toward senior management by providing them with the skills they will need to improve business and service performance, achieve change, bring out the best in people, boost profitability and deliver long-term success through innovative strategic thinking.

David Wornham, Director of Business Development in UWE's Bristol Business School said, “We are excited to offer a new opportunity for advanced engineering companies to benefit from these highly experienced postgraduates.

“During 2012, there are ten project opportunities - five individual projects and five group projects - for businesses that would like concentrated assistance in areas such as:

· Developing marketing strategies and campaigns

· Consideration of HR process such as induction and recruitment

· Investigation into implementation of a future IT system

· Review of existing project management strategies and procedures

“Projects would ideally commence in April 2012 and be relatively local to Bristol. There's no fee to pay, though reasonable travel expenses would be expected to be covered by the company.

“Projects focus on a real problem or issue facing an organisation, a practical investigation is undertaken leading to clear recommendations for action. In addition to the postgraduate involvement, the AAE iNET can provide additional academic expertise.”

West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) member company Third Dimension, based in Filton, has already benefited from the expertise of a UWE MBA student. The company supplies optical measurement systems to the manufacturing industry worldwide, including aerospace manufacturers, for geometry checks and quality control.

CEO Peter Marchbank said, “Working with placement students gave us access to a fantastic professional resource that provided a meaningful contribution whilst allowing us to give something back to the community.”

The five iNets for the South West region were launched at UWE's Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC) in February 2011. UWE is a partner in the Advanced Engineering and Aerospace iNet, which is led by the West of England Aerospace Forum. UWE is leading the iNets in Biomedicine, Microelectronics and the Environment, and the Creative Industries iNet is led by South West Screen.

The iNets bring together academic researchers with regional industry, businesses and public sector organisations, and aim to drive growth in these five sectors with high growth potential in the South West region.

iNets South West are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), South West RDA and partner investments.

For more information on the link between the UWE MBA programme and the AAE iNet, e-mail Dr John Bradford at John.Bradford@uwe.ac.uk or phone 0117 32 86695.


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