UWE supervises winning student project at Somerset firm

Issue date: 05 October 2005


Issue date: 05/10/05

A student project at a small Somerset firm has won a top award in the SW regional finals of the Shell Technology Enterprise Programme (STEP). The successful student was supervised by Elinna Wei of the University of the West of England, who is currently working on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership at Gordon Morris Ltd.

The 18-month Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme aims to embed new business systems for Gordon Morris Ltd, a manufacturer of hearing loop systems, allowing the company to operate more efficiently and provide an even better service for customers. The Somerset-based firm has many years of experience in supplying and installing induction loop technology and other aids to the hearing impaired. Managing Director Gordon Morris is himself hearing impaired and the company takes great pride in offering products that will give the user the greatest benefit from the equipment.

In her three-month STEP project student Diljot Ahluwalia implemented a new customer quotation system, which could speed up response times from ten days to 48 hours. She won a cash prize of £250 and the title of ‘most enterprising student’ in the Somerset heat of the contest. The project then went forward to the South West regional finals, held in Cheltenham, where she received a Judge’s Commendation for her work.

Elinna said: “I am delighted that Diljot has won this recognition for her hard work. The STEP programme provides a springboard for development for both students and companies, and UWE was very pleased to help by supervising her winning project.”

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Editor’s notes

• For more information on UWE and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships visit http://www.uwe.ac.uk/business
• Shell Technology Enterprise Programme is a UK wide programme offering undergraduates project-based work within small to medium businesses. For more information, visit http://www.step.org.uk
• Jpeg available upon request. Caption: Student Diljot Ahluwahlia receiving a Judge’s Commendation in the SW regional finals of the STEP awards from John Henly, Territory Manager for the South West and South Wales, Shell UK (left) and Ian Means, Editor of the Gloucestershire Citizen (right).

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