Working with Business and the Community FAQ
- Q. I think my business could improve in certain areas. What help can I get from UWE?
- Q. Is there any funding available to enable my organisation to work with a University?
- Q. I need to develop some of my employees in key areas, how can I find out what UWE can offer?
- Q. Could I employ a UWE student on a placement year? How do I go about this, what do I need to offer?
- Q. How do I advertise a position to graduates?
- Q. What kind of organisations does UWE work with?
- Q. How do I go about finding out what opportunities there are for working with UWE on developing and exploiting new ideas?
A. We need to understand where you are now and what you want to achieve. We can then suggest where UWE expertise can help and where possible arrange for you to talk to people with the right expertise. We can also advise on possible sources of funding which may be available to support a project involving UWE and advise on a way forward. We work with all sizes of company and across many disciplines.
A. Depending on the project or requirement there are opportunities for attracting funding support from government and other organisations such as the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme. Knowledge Transfer is the movement of expertise from one organisation to another. Universities are usually a source of expertise which can be useful to other organisations and bring a wide range of benefits.
A. Teaching and professional development are key activities for UWE. Our multi-disciplinary faculties teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level reflecting the market place requirements for their sector. We also support customised training and skills development both as consultancy to individual companies and in partnership with a range of organisations.
All delivery aims to be relevant to customer requirements and as flexible as possible while retaining high standards of quality.
A placement should be an opportunity for students to undertake some real work experience that will benefit both themselves and your organisation. Placements normally last between 40 weeks and a year, starting any time between June and October. The student is paid a salary, these vary geographically and by sector. Faculties can advise on an appropriate range for specific positions.
If you have not offered a placement before, a job specification and advert such as would be appropriate for a full time position would be useful to provide us with in the first instance. Further guidance will be provided throughout the placement process.
A. UWE is part of the Grad South West project supported by the South West Regional Development Agency and we will advertise opportunities on the GradSW web site as well as through the UWE Careers Service. You can send adverts to us and we will forward them on your behalf.
A. UWE has a long track record of partnerships with all sizes of company and in most sectors from health, social care and not for profit organisations to multinationals. We support major government and regional initiatives and are very active in research and teaching partnerships. We can suggest where UWE expertise can help and where possible arrange for you to meet the experts who may be able to help you with your problem. We can also advise on any funding which may be available to support a project and advise on a way forward.
Q. How do I go about finding out what opportunities there are for working with UWE on developing and exploiting new ideas?
A. UWE has a dedicated support team for innovation and enterprise which can help businesses in exploiting new ideas.