HP and UWE collaborate to improve graduate employability

Issue date: 04 October 2010

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HP has announced plans for the development of a five year collaboration with the University of the West of England (UWE). This is currently HP's most long-standing relationship with an academic body, and it is also one of the most innovative partnerships between industry and academia in the UK. The agreement will see the creation of a degree and HP and UWE collaborate on a number of joint initiatives in the areas of curriculum development and knowledge exchange. The degree programme, provisionally called, the 'UWE HP Enterprise Computing Degree', will consist of a four year study programme.

As a result of this innovative collaboration, graduates on the degree programme will undertake internships with HP and HP partners as part of the course. They will then leave the University not only with an Enterprise Computing Degree but as certified professionals, with HP added value and work experience. HP is also helping to support an initiative to build a new, state of the art Education Innovation Centre at UWE as part of their ongoing shared campus facilities agreement to bring added benefits to students.

“The overall aim of the collaboration between HP and UWE is to produce 'industry-ready' graduates who have the skills to make the leap from academia to business. HP is a major employer in the UK and our success is dependent on attracting top talent. The agreement with UWE will allow HP to participate in the development of degree courses, thereby ensuring that graduates come out with the skills which are important to our business,” said Nick Wilson, HP MD UK&I.

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor at UWE, said, “We are delighted to have created a step change in our relationship with HP. Over the years, our researchers, students and HP themselves have seen the advantages of this close working partnership. Thus far this relationship has ranged from research to some very productive student work placements and we are sure that this collaboration will not only build on but improve that relationship.”

Recent analysis by UWE has found that computing degrees which have strong links with industry have been those with the strongest graduate employment, with over 80% of graduates from courses like BSc Computer Systems Engineering achieving graduate level employment over the last three years. In a recent study of UWE's business school graduates, the University also found that graduates who had work experience were 16% more likely to get a job, able to command 8% higher salaries and nearly three times less likely to be unemployed.

“There has been a long history of collaboration between HP and UWE. However, this ground breaking initiative moves our relationship from one of tactical engagements, to a deep and intimate partnership with the potential to deliver real outcomes for both HP, the University and, most importantly, for graduates so that we can ultimately offer them better prospects.” said Nick Wilson, Managing Director HP UK&I.

“UWE's longstanding partnerships with over 1,000 employers has put it at the forefront of Higher Education thinking in employer engagement. Our 30,000 students benefit enormously from a curriculum and experience informed by employers, right from the outset not just at graduation,” said Professor Steve West.

HP has also been appointed as the University's strategic ICT partner to help develop a program of ICT transformation that will enhance both the student experience and teaching excellence at UWE.

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