People-centred approaches: creating student access to company experience (14-15 September 2017, Newcastle, UK)

This two-day event, organised by PEOPLE project partner Durham Energy Institute, Durham University, offers practical advice and guidance on developing collaborations between Higher Education and companies or third sector organisations. If you aim to stimulate entrepreneurial skills and introduce challenges in new technology areas (such as green energy, sustainable transport, new and sustainable production methods, novel materials etc.), then come along and learn from those who ‘can do’. Through case studies and workshops with partners, the event will guide you towards developing your own collaborative engagement activities, offering in-depth training in how to initiate, nurture and develop collaborative learning between Higher Education and industry, with a particular focus on bringing social science research into product design. How can we ‘train’ entrepreneurs? What kind of collaboration is needed for defining R&D goals, mentoring students, locating expert knowledge, or evaluating outcomes?

We will explore the opportunities for and of collaborative learning; the pitfalls and lessons for building collaborative relationships, and the potential outcomes and benefits for all parties.

Attendance is free of charge but must be booked via THIS SITE.

Organisers: Prof Sandra Bell and Dr Simone Abram, Durham Energy Institute, Durham University.

Speakers include:
Jenny Saunders, Jenny Saunders OBE, Chief Executive National Energy Action
Dr Maja Hojer Bruun, Techno-Anthropology research group at Aalborg University
Dr Neal Wade, Engineering, Newcastle University


Thursday 14 September

Time Content Speaker
11.00- 11.30 Introduction to workshop, introductory exercise Simone Abram, Durham University
11.30-12.30 The PEOPLE approach. Learning through doing: people-centric on all levels? Introducing the methodology and the ‘toolkit’ Sandra Bell, Durham University
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.00 Students, companies and learning. What should lecturers expect? Mistakes to avoid and strategies to adopt (case studies from Techno-anthropology) Dr Maja Hoyer Bruun, Aalborg University
15.00-.15.30 Break
15.30-17.00 Companies, students and learning. What do companies expect? People-centred product design in practice. Jenny Saunders CEO National Energy Action


Friday 15 September

Time Content Speaker
09.00-09.30 Questions from yesterday, thoughts for today
09.30-11.00 University-community partnership. An example on energy for vulnerable households Neal Wade Newcastle University
11.00-11.30 Break
11.30-13.00 People in practice: student experiences (Kemuri case study) Sandra Bell
13.00 Lunch and departure