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Who am I?
Who am I?
I work on the initiation, development, submission and sometimes delivery of European Cooperation projects involving the Business School and often working across faculties and stakeholders in Greater Manchester to deliver activity across Europe with our international partners.
Since joining Manchester Met in 2012 I have successfully encouraged greater participation in European Co-operation projects from programmes including: Interreg North West Europe, Interreg Europe, Erasmus+ (including Strategic Partnerships, Support for Policy Reform, Knowledge Alliances, Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education, Student & Staff Mobility) and Horizon 2020.
Projects deliver policy reform, co creation of educational materials, or Research and Knowledge Exchange in an international environment and significantly contribute to the exposure to internationalisation of Manchester Met Staff. Approximately 50 Manchester Met Staff have been involved in international activity in the projects listed below. In addition, whilst anchored in the Business School, they encourage interdisciplinary working across the different faculties of the university.
Current an recent project and grant activity includes:
Growing Apprenticeship Partnerships for SMEs (SME GAP) (2016-2018)
In response to a need to better engage SMEs with apprenticeship provision, I successfully developed an international partnership of organisations and wrote the successful application to share learning and find new solutions for increasing the number of SMEs engaged with apprenticeships in Manchester, Vienna and Cordoba. Manchester Met was one of only 14 organisations to secure funding for a specific call for applications to the Support For Policy Reform strand of Erasmus+. The project hosted a number of events targeted at SMEs with over 800 SMEs being engaged through targeted events; a toolkit for SMEs to assess their preparedness to hire an apprenticeship; a series of new marketing messages to attract SMEs; the transfer of a Degree Apprenticeship programme to Spain at the University of Cordoba for the first time; and strengthened partnerships at the regional level in each participating region. In addition, 10 staff from Manchester Met were given a platform for working in an international context, presenting their work at events across Europe and understanding new approaches to apprenticeship delivery.
REthinking Sustainable Development in European Regions by Using Circular Economy Business ModelS (REDUCES)
REDUCES is a European partnership of universities and regional authorities across 6 countries which aims to bring Circular Economy into the core of regional development plans and policy tools. It is funded through the European Union’s Interreg Europe programme under the Specific Objective dedicated to Improving resource-efficient economy policies.
From September 2019 until December 2021, this international partnership will work together to pool existing research, knowledge and current practices to improve the take up of Circular Economy business models in each participating region.
Activity will take place at both the international and regional level, through international conferences and learning events as well as regional stakeholder forums to maximise the ability to implement new learning.
Strengthening regional innovation policies to build sustainable food chains (Food Chains for EU)
Food Chains for EU is an international partnership of universities and regional authorities focused in strengthening policy responses to the need to find more sustainable food supply systems, funded by the Interreg Europe programme.
The growing European population has ever-higher expectations related to food quality and sustainability in terms of processing, packaging, storage, waste reduction, distribution and retail. Innovation plays a key role in meeting these needs and fostering sustainable food chains fit for the future.
The aim of the FoodChains 4 EU project is to improve the implementation of regional policies that stimulate the delivery of innovation to create sustainable food chains in five participating regions: Flevoland (Netherlands), Plovdiv/Sofia (Bulgaria), Emilia-Romagna (Italy), Maramures (Romania) and Greater Manchester (UK).
Sustainability Alliance of Urban Networks in Asian Cities (SAUNAC)
SAUNAC is a partnership of 5 European universities and 6 universities in Vietnam working together to bring new degree level courses and teaching methods to Vietnam within the context of Smart Sustainable Cities. The activity is funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme , ‘Capacity Building in the field of Education’.
Manchester Metropolitan University is working along with its European partner universities in Turku (Finland), Utrecht (Netherlands), Valencia (Spain) and Hamburg (Germany) to assist Vietnamese partners universities in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, Danang and Haiphong to modernise their curriculum, introduce new teaching methods and bring industry into the university through better stakeholder engagement.
Over 3 years partners have been working together to design the new courses and pilot their content in Vietnam with Vietnamese and European lecturers and professors working alongside each other before facilitating their implementation into the curriculum. A number of staff from Manchester Metropolitan University have been involved in teaching and workshop development in Vietnam and have been jointly responsible with the University of Haiphong for the development of a new course on Entrepreneurship. A Training Manual for use by teachers in Vietnam has also been produced by staff in the Business & Public Engagement Team.
Hydrogen In Schools (HySchools)
The Hydrogen In Schools (HySchools) project is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project working with universities across Europe that aims to deliver hydrogen education in schools, in response to industry need across Europe.
Educational and online resources have been created for use in secondary schools across the European partner countries, aimed at providing teachers with increased confidence to teach students about Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology (HFCT).
The resources available include a unique card-based planning technique to enable teachers to co-design lessons and help students develop cross-disciplinary skills. Indeed, Hydrogen education reaches beyond traditional science subjects, so HySchools resources cover 11 topics related to HFCT.
HySchools aims to help schools enhance the quality of HFCT teaching to equip students with the future skills required by this growing sector.
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
N. Campbell, R. Yates, C. McGee Bridging Education in the Classroom and Distance Education: The Development of New Forms of Teacher Education Delivery. In: Teleteaching. 1/1/1998. pp.169-178.