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Engineering industry event – JMEE: Enhancing the Participation of Industry in Research Projects in Telecommunications and Energy Sectors

Attendees at JMEE Engineering EventEarlier in April Professor Haifa Takruri MBE, Director of the JMEE (Joint MsC Electrical Engineering) programme, organised a special industry event which presented the project’s progress to date. The workshop entitled ‘JMEE: Enhancing the Participation of Industry in Research Projects in Telecommunications and Energy Sectors’ covered the processes involved in developing the JMEE programme, as well as knowledge sharing, academia-industry collaboration and EU and Palestine cultural exchange.

A fantastic example of industry collaboration in action, the event was attended by a number of high-profile engineering partners. Mr Nigel Platt, System Engineering Manager at Siemens Energy, presented about AC and HVDC interconnections for offshore wind farms, from the platform installation to the energy transfer to land. Nigel answered audience questions about wind farm designs, voltage transfer and average output yield on the farms.

Professor Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architecture at BT and a visiting Professor in CSE, presented state-of-the-art research and standards development in 5G telecommunications technology, demonstrating how future IMT technology development is shaping the strategies for 2020 and beyond.

Dr Sam Grogan, Pro-Vice Chancellor Students Experience, brought the discussion back to student experience by speaking about the work the University is doing both locally and internationally in developing the entrepreneurial skills of students.

The talks were followed by an intense and technical discussion showing the vast experience and understanding of the sector by the speakers and participants. After lunch the JMEE team visited Siemens Ardwick railway maintenance facilities. Delegates got to see the new electric train and diesel train maintenance methodology. The group gained an understanding into the capacity and operation required to ensure commuter services are sustained in the Manchester region.

Haifa, who recently received an outstanding achievement award for her work in engineering, said: “It was a great pleasure to host the JMEE workshop at our Media City campus. I am grateful to the speakers for sharing their industrial knowledge and experience with the consortium and for EU TEMPUS for funding the JMEE project.”


Professor Garry Crawford becomes a Principal Fellow

Prof. Garry CrawfordCongratulations to Garry Crawford, Professor of Sociology, who was recently made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Garry becomes the third person from the University to achieve this accolade, following Dr Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience, who accomplished this 2014. He joins an elite group of under 500 Principal Fellows throughout the UK, all of which have given substantial strategic commitment to Higher Education.

“I am delighted that Garry’s achievements and profile have been recognised by the HEA and, on behalf of the University, offer sincere congratulations to him on becoming a Principal Fellow,” said Prof Richard Stephenson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

He added: “The Principal Fellowship is internationally recognised and reflects Garry’s commitment and professionalism in teaching and learning, including a sustained impact and influence through strategic engagement and leadership. Garry is the third person from the University to become a Principal Fellow and I would encourage academic colleagues to consider applying for this excellent external recognition through a HEA Fellowship relevant to their experience.”

Garry’s award was in recognition of the numerous leading roles and activities he has undertaken over his 20-year teaching career in both the HE and FE sectors. Not only has he has been a programme leader for several degrees but he has also designed many successful programmes including a distance learning master’s degree.

Garry has co-authored leading teaching textbooks such as Introducing Cultural Studies and The Sage Dictionary of Leisure Studies, both of which are used widely across the world in teaching. In addition, Garry is the editor and lead contributor to the Discover Sociology website which aims to provide learning material for teachers and students at pre-university level, and in doing so, encourages more to study the subject at university level.

“The number of HEA fellowships at the University of Salford, at all levels, is increasing all the time. I feel this is important as it recognises and reflects the high quality of teaching that is undertaken in this institution,” said Garry.

To find out more around becoming a Principal Fellow please visit the HEA website.

Click here to explore the Discover Sociology website.

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