Best Midlands Collaborative (Education-Business) Design

AGA Collaboration with Birmingham City University

The Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University, teamed up with AGA for two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) in honour of last year’s Made in the Midlands Awards which recognise local manufacturing firms making a difference in the region.

The partnership was praised by the Technology Strategy Board and graded as outstanding by a panel of independent assessors. In addition the project team were awarded a KTP ‘Certificate of Excellence’.

The first of the two projects saw the team develop a concept model of a heat storage AGA stove, using low carbon renewable energy and sustainable technologies, resulting in the development of a new range of energy efficient products. The products, including the ‘Night Storage Stove’ and ’60cm Cooker’ were displayed last summer at the University and industry’s Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 2012 and during the 2012 Conservative Party Conference, proving so successful that they are now being manufactured by AGA.

The second project, still on-going,  involves the development of a digitally accessible design archive gallery, allowing flexible, secure access to AGA and Rangemaster product histories which could be used to simulate new markets and communicate design developments. It has resulted in the unearthing of some previously unknown facts about the company’s history which have provided insights into some of the key success factors behind the growth of the business over the past 50 years as well as the extraordinary team of people that made this growth and success possible.

Aston University Electric racing car challenge

AstonAston University set all its first year Design and Engineering students an exciting challenge in their very first week of University: To design, build and race their own electric racing car.

This innovative design project is part of Aston’s ground breaking teaching approach that gives it’s students real world challenges to solve through a very practical and hands on approach.

Mixed teams of Mechanical Engineers and Product Design students set about designing and building their own car in the Aston workshops with the help of Warwickshire based Drayson Racing.

With the support of Lord Paul Drayson and his professional design team the Aston students gained valuable insight from how the Drayson electric Le Mans racing cars are designed, indeed The head of Design from Drayson Racing came to start the Aston student racing challenge.

The final saw 20 teams racing their electric cars around the Aston University campus and the Drayson Racing team were there to award the prizes to the winning teams. A fantastic collaborative learning experience that saw a cutting a edge racing team working alongside the designers and engineers of the future.

BA in Company Leadership Programme

BA in Company LeadershipThis is the first of its kind to be delivered in the West Midlands and is designed to facilitate collaborative business problem solving between employers, students and the university.

The programme attracts high calibre, motivated students who complete business modules on block release whilst working full time for the sponsoring organisation.

The modules, particularly the in-company projects at the end of each of the three years, are designed to add value via mini-projects with real business outcomes which are applied to the specific working context of the sponsoring organisation. The student negotiates the scope and outcomes of the in-company projects with both their in-company mentor and their academic mentor and takes increasing responsibility to drive their projects forward.

This means that the student is actively involved with key business issues for that company and works towards addressing those challenges as part of their degree.

The organisation pays the fees for the student and pays them a salary meaning that the student may graduate with a business degree, age 21, with 3 years’ work experience and a strong working knowledge of the company.

Talent for growth: The company benefits by attracting high calibre talent and invests and develops that talent in line with the needs of the business and secures longer term retention of quality future managers and potential business leaders.

 

 

Basic Life Support for People with Distorted Body Shape

Distorted body shapeThe lack of basic life support knowledge among the general public (who might witness someone suffering a choking fit or cardiac arrest) might be gauged by the media response to the TV/Cinema campaign featuring Vinnie Jones who resuscitates an individual using the tune “Staying alive”. This valuable public information film highlighted what to do in the event of an able bodied person who stops breathing – however 4.5 million households in the UK home disabled people with a reported mobility problem; there are an estimated 6 million ‘carers’ of disabled people in the UK. Advice given for the able bodied is simply often not transferable to someone in a wheelchair or who has a distorted body shape.

Furthermore, people with distorted body shape have a high incidence of cardiac arrest and choking incidents. Such events are potentially extremely harmful to the individual and hugely distressing to a carer who often does not know how to deal with the incident; there is little information readily available.

In response to these factors Birmingham City University are developing a suit of iPhone/Android apps, available from June 2013, to address this knowledge gap. The apps use state-of-the-art computer graphics to deliver best practice in accordance with current UK guidance.

Because of physical differences in body types there will be separate apps for children and adults and much of the key, life-saving information will be made freely available; the complete set of training materials will be available for a small fee.

The apps are viewable on iOS and Android mobile operating systems and via laptop/desktop computers alongside a dedicated, bespoke set of materials on CD-ROM created specifically for training organisations.

These materials represent BCU’s on-going commitment to harnessing the very best medical expertise and technology to fundamentally improve health care in the UK and beyond.

Birmingham City University Gamer Camp

Gamer CampGamer Camp is a partnership between higher education and the games industry to provide a route to employment for motivated, talented graduates to prepare them for either employment into the games industry or to start up their own business.

At over £2 billion in global sales, the UK’s video games sector is bigger than either film or music industries, and visual effects, the fastest growing component of the UK’s film industry, grew at an explosive 16.8 per cent between 2006 and 2008.   The gaming industry represents an important part of the Greater Birmingham  & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership high growth creative industries economy.

Despite the challenges in the games industry, which is fiercely competitive, traditional games development companies have a requirement to recruit talented and able graduates. Whilst there are 100+ games degrees in the UK, games companies struggle to find adequately skilled graduates to employ with confidence – a problem highlighted in the Livingstone/Hope report produced for NESTA. The report stated that only 12 per cent of graduates with a video games degree find a job in the games industry within six months after graduating and 58 per cent of video games employers report difficulties filling positions with recruits straight from education.

The Gamer Camp approach, built with significant input from Codemasters, Blitz Games and Sony, allows students to work on several live project as if they were at work, allowing them to learn the necessary practical and technical skill sets, in a safe studio simulated environment. In effect students on Gamer Camp get their first experience of working in the games industry.

The initiative puts Birmingham ahead in terms of tailored skills development directly meeting the needs of industry.  Its unique position has fueled significant interest from the industry with Sony investing in £24,000 Playstations scholarships to support the course, supply 8 PS3 development kits to allow graduates the opportunity to experience real life games development and resulted in four Ipad games which are now selling on Itunes.  The students also work on prototypes for Sony Playstation which are pitched at to the Vice President Sony Computer Entertainment Europe as potential games for development.  The students also pitch to Codemasters ideas for future development.

To date graduates have gone on to work for Sony Entertainment, Codemasters, Crytek and other major game companies as well as setting up or continuing with their own businesses.

The initiative has resulted in Birmingham City University being flagged up by NESTA as leading edge in best practice for games development.  The positive endorsement has led to Birmingham City University creating two further flag ship courses for Film and for New Media.  We believe that this industry engagement, the level of employment opportunities and national endorsement highlights that our innovative approach is of national and international significance and therefore makes the application for an award relevant.

Birmingham City University – ‘ThinkShop’ in-work new product development collaboration

Think Shop was the first Birmingham City University in-work based learning programme aimed at providing Birmingham City University students and graduates with a live work-based opportunity to generate new lateral product within a real business, Acme Whistles, by targeting real customers in real markets.  15 students from three of the University’s faculties – Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment and Birmingham City Business School  -  took  part in the ThinkShop project.  Students had the opportunity to work at the Acme Whistles factory in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter , where they developed their own product concepts, learning first-hand about technical skills, developing a better understanding of customers, markets, sales and business plan generation and development.  A diverse range of concepts from child locating whistles, gentlemens’ heritage whistles and accessories and cards doubling as presents, known as Pres-ards, were displayed at the ThinkShop event hosted at the University’s own Birmingham Made Me student entrepreneur store, located in Birmingham’s Mailbox.

Birmingham Made Me Retail Collective

The BMM Retail Collective was established to provide a collaborative entrepreneurial route for BCU students/graduates and emerging entrepreneurs with an arts, design and craft bias based in Birmingham and the region.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Mailbox, retail premises have been provided to aspiring entrepreneurs and by collaborating and reducing the risk, the group shares expertise and experience of running and managing the stores.

All 25 parties involved assume joint responsibility for running the shop, their retail presence, accounts management, marketing, product development and digital and social media activities.

In first 6 months of operating the initial store showed a turnover £50k and the sales and numbers of entrepreneurs involved have increased since then.

The generous contribution of the Mailbox comes to an end this June and the entrepreneurs are looking to continue their business at retail locations in Birmingham and through more formalised collaborative structures.

 

Exchanging knowledge with Rolls Royce

Professor Craig Chapman at the Faculty of Technology,Engineering and the Environment has collaborated with Rolls-Royce in the innovative field of Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE). Unlike traditional Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems, KBE takes a more intuitive approach by digitally storing knowledge from engineers built up over many years which can then be incorporated into the design of new products informing decisions and speeding up design times as well as accommodating client design requirements at every stage. What began as a Knowledge-Based Partnership between the University and Rolls-Royce has become our first commercial research relationship, using the University’s cutting-edge Knowledge Based Engineering lab.

Hartman Outdoor (UK) Design Competition

6H6A8984 product Students hartman  Academics group shot1This industry-led project was embedded into the curriculum to develop future talent, while bringing fresh ideas and new approaches to the market by launching a competition with BA (Hons) Product/Interiors Design Students and BA (Hons) Textile Design students to create new product and fabric concepts for outdoor furniture for 2013.

As part of the design development, students considered commerciality and trends as well as material and production restraints such as shipping container sizes and durability. The final outcomes for both Product and Textile needed to be commercial and appeal to a wide age group.

The judges were so impressed with the high calibre of entries they have announced that they are now exploring the viability of taking the winning design – by Jonathon Davis – into commercial production for a new collection of outdoor furniture for 2015. The project is now in its second year following the success in 2012 which resulted in 2 students designs going into production.

Jonathon’s Bond-esque style, hyper ergonomic resin weave ‘Versaille’chair and table set was described by Hartman judges as ‘contemporary, aesthetically pleasing, futuristic, and colourful’. Runner up Alexander Stefan Andrejczuk designed an innovative, stackable chair and table set ‘Oscillare’.

The textile students all produced a set of fabric designs which could be used either as a set of complimentary designs or as one off pieces, where colourways could be changed in accordance with the weave and cast finishes of existing ranges. Overall Winner was Sophie Hawkesford whose textural fabric design met the brief perfectly, with two runners-upAmy Sellers and Josie Holuj.

All Students involved in the project gained a real perspective of live commercial projects with a client brief, and learnt from the experience through being able to take risks, pushing design boundaries and experimenting with new processes.

Paul Facey, Hartman UK’s Sales Director, said: “All the designs were exceptional and our job was very difficult. Each piece of work was professionally presented and totally blew us away. The winner and the runner up stood out particularly in terms of design, style, shape, usability and the wow factor.”

“This competition was all about finding a design that could feasibly be brought to market, and we were stunned that we found so many designs that we could do that with. We can’t wait to see the amazing creations we’ve seen on paper become reality. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Birmingham City University on this exciting project, and look forward to seeing the end results as the designs go forward for manufacture. The students submitted a wide variety of high quality designs which reflect the amount of work they put in and their professional attitude.”

This project has multiple benefits including:

· Product innovation – a wide selection of unique ideas to develop new ranges and concepts for Hartman(UK)

· Access to up and coming designers with an ability to provide fresh perspectives and review new ideas

· Promotion and PR for the company

· Supports the company’s wider strategic aims to encourage new design practice

· Student experience working within a real client brief and design conditions

The winning designs will be showcased as part of the Hartman 2015 collection at the outdoor living exhibition Solex in July 2014.

Live from the Clinic Interactive

Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic was a UK broadcasting first, allowing viewers to Skype into the show and receive a live medical consultation from Dr Dawn Harper and Dr Christian Jessen. Alongside the TV show we created a hub website as well as web and iPhone apps to allow the viewers to engage with the show on an unprecedented level.

We launched My VideoDoctor to allow people to check their own symptoms with an interactive appointment with one of the show’s doctors. Using NHS algorithms we are able to calculate that My VideoDoctor has saved the NHS over £1,000,000 since it launched, by directing users to the correct NHS services rather than visiting A&E for non-emergency treatment.

Our free iPhone apps enabled viewers to conduct over 20 different health checks through My HealthChecker, which topped the free iTunes App chart for two weeks. 670,000 users registered, taking 10.6 million tests (5.4 million of these through the iPhone app alone), a huge, secure data capture operation, using cloud hosting. Along with receiving detailed feedback and advice, users could compare their results anonymously with others. These results were then fed back into the TV show in specially commissioned animated VTs where the nation’s results were reviewed.

We also launched the iPhone apps My MoleChecker and My SelfChecker to help spot signs of skin, breast, testicular and vulval cancer. Our three iPhone apps were the top 3 free medical apps for six weeks following launch, receiving an average of 4.5 stars in the app store and being downloaded over 650,000 times. Our My HealthChecker app has topped the UK App store as the number 1 free app on several occasions since launch – most recently in January 2013.

We also partnered with the University of Birmingham to create a non-white skin database from the show’s viewers, to help other users spot conditions early and aid training for GPs and dermatologists, which we aim to grow to be the world’s biggest free database for non-white skin conditions.

Each Skype caller and VT package from the show (more than 100) was turned into an interactive case video with hot spots, with users able to create a ‘shopping basket’ of resources most applicable to them, which they could then email to themselves – trialling a Connected TV approach online and providing users with immediate access to all the relevant health information they required from across the web.

Finally, our Live Consultations put viewers directly in contact with the shows experts during and after each show, with over 50,000 questions being asked across the series.

We have prepared a short video demonstrating the different aspects of the project here: https://vimeo.com/52853835

The site can be viewed here: www.channel4.com/clinic

Plant & Moss Collaboration with BCU Trends

Plant & Moss collaborationPlant & Moss teamed up with the BCU Trends think tank at Interiors UK this January which featured innovative designs from 60 students responding to the set themes of ‘flint’ and ‘clash’ identified by international trend experts Global Colour Research for Autumn/Winter 2013/2014.

As well as a collaboration with Plant & Moss, the annual scheme in its sixth year also saw the partnership with other interiors manufacturers Tektura and Brintons Carpets who contributed to the stunning wall and floor decor.

Drawing on the Neolithic period, the ‘flint’ trend went ‘back to basics’ comprising a multitude of textures and shapes fashioned by hand or rudimentary tools and an organic palette driven by natural pigments. Making an appearance in ‘flint’, our hand-turned Log Stools were artfully laced with reams of beautifully knotted string that gathered in at the centre point of the seat and delved in and out of the featured split. These undulating lines further helped to accentuate the cluster of  age-rings that visible in the wood. An entirely different approach was taken when another Log Stool was used as the base for a pebble-like table or seating surface hewn from a single piece of smoothed wood. Both adaptations were wonderfully unique.

The ‘clash’ response to our Odd Couples’ Bench (featured image) was as equally inspired and ablaze with colour, vibrancy and attitude. Doubtless an appraisal of the decorative, this trend saw the fusion of High Victoriana with Art Deco design influences. Having coated our bench it a deep blue hue for the occasion, it was now to be found amongst a hectic array lamp shades in brilliant, contrasting colours and flamboyant, mismatched prints. The bench was dressed with an upholstered seat whose provocative pattern was replicated in the rug beneath crafted by Brintons Carpets. Topped with a selection of quirky, embellished cushions and offset by the sumptuous wallpaper backdrop behind, the Odd Couples’ Bench looked glorious.

The BCU Trends stand was a successful union of boundary-breaking design pieces and a beacon of student creative talent. Here’s to year seven!

The Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching, Professor Stuart Brand

Our nomination for Best Collaborative Design and Innovation in Learning and Teaching goes to Professor Stuart Brand for a multitude of reasons, some of which we will outline here. There will be omissions, but we would like to share the ways in which he has personally touched our professional lives through his encouragement for innovative teaching and learning practices across Birmingham City University.

Stuart has had a hand in shaping the university’s engagement with students across a number of distinct learning and teaching roles, including the pursuit of innovative teaching in the Faculty of Health which rewarded him with a role as Director of a Faculty Degrees Scheme and his later appointment within the Faculty of Health as Associate Dean (Academic). In this role Stuart played an instrumental part in winning the university’s largest funded project of £4.2 million with HEFCE across the 2005-2010 period.

Throughout the shifting roles that Stuart has played within our university, Stuart has taken the experiences and observations acquired across his long-term service, to inform the directions and decisions that his future exploits have led him to. In all of this, Stuart has never forgotten his roots or those experiences, but instead has used them to fuel his tireless energy and enthusiasm for continuous student engagement, and the implementation of transformative student learning experiences across Birmingham City University.

In his resulting work as Director of Learning Experience within the Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), Stuart has relentlessly pursued his belief in dialogue with students, partnership in curriculum design, and innovation in the learning environment. Stuart’s commitment to the university and, more importantly, to our student body and their experience of their time here, has resulted in a seismic shift across the institution in recent years.

Investing his enterprising drive across in excess of 25 years’ service, as a direct result of that commitment, Birmingham City University has seen the development of the Redesign of the Learning Experience (RoLEx) process, with its focus upon enhancing the student experience of the taught educational programme. His development of the Student Academic Partners (SAP) scheme facilitated in the generation of much more dialogic relationships with our student body and offered the opportunity for students and staff to work together, as colleagues, in the design of joint initiatives to enhance the experiences of students and staff alike. The scheme won the 2010 Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Support for Students’ and as a result of which the university’s ‘Students as Partners’ approach has been adopted by the Higher Education Academy as a 2012/13 theme for a national initiative in which Birmingham City University will act as consultants.

The Student Academic Mentoring Partnership (STAMP) fostered the development of supportive peer relationships amongst the student body and across the university. Peer mentoring relationships and closer networking relationships have ensued as a direct result.  In addition to the development of these closer local school and faculty based initiatives, Stuart has also been pivotal in the development of the more ambitious Collaborative Projects programme. These Collaborative Projects have actively fostered the development of working relationships across faculties, enabling the sharing and development of best practice, in working together towards common aims. All of the above projects have at their heart the enhancement of the student experience, the creation of a culture of belonging and an extension of our students’ formal education. As a result our students are valued as colleagues, and develop confidence in their ability to perform through paid, real-world, employment experiences.

Stuart has invested an immense amount of time into enhancing student employability and creating opportunities for our students to engage with us. The increased opportunities for student employment and demand for students as employees across the university has seen the recent development of OpportUNIty: Student Jobs On Campus. As the university’s in-house student employment agency, our institution currently employs members of the student body in key roles across the university as a direct result of the innovative systems put in place by Stuart.

In addition to developing close working relationships with our student body, Stuart also works in partnership with the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as a National Teaching Fellow. Further to this, as an institution we are in the fortunate position of having a symbiotic working relationship with our Students’ Union, which again is a consequence of the innovative approach to partnership working that Stuart actively encourages.

All of this work has culminated in the institutional publication of a book entitled Student Engagement: Identity, Motivation and Community (Libri Publishing, 2013) which was the first of its kind, and was co-written by a team of staff and students, giving an account of their experiences of working together in partnership at Birmingham City University. Stuart was an initiator for this project and also acted as one of the editors for the collection.

Stuart would be the last to claim credit for any of the projects outlined above, but he has ‘made’ all of us who we are today. While we have all been personally touched by his encouraging style and infected with his enthusiasm, the main reason for our nomination of Stuart for this award is the lasting impression that he has made upon Birmingham City University, the way it interacts with its students and the opportunities that he has designed to enable us all to become actively involved in shaping the future of our graduates whilst working together. Stuart made possible many of the opportunities that have engendered a shared institutional pride across staff, students and our Students’ Union alike. All of us nominating Stuart in this joint submission can make the claim that ‘Birmingham Made Me’ when considering the professional roles that we all play and the experiences that we have had during our time here, but actually it is the opportunities that Stuart has put in motion that have made this possible. Prof. Stuart Brand made it so.

Nominated by:

Mercedes Chambers, Graduate Intern, Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Paul Chapman, Membership Engagement Manager, Students’ Union

Thomas Cotton, ArchitectUS Project Researcher

Kerry Gough, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Theory

Luke Millard, Learning Partnerships Manager

Jamie Morris, Final Year BA (Hons) English and Media Student

Luke Nagle, Graduate Intern, Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Prof. Philip Thickett, Head of Birmingham School of Media

 

The Virtual Case Creator

VCCThe Virtual Case Creator is a web-based training platform that presents highly interactive online nursing and social care practice simulations to support vocational education.

One of the motivations for creating VCC came directly from ex-students who discovered that operational healthcare environments are much more complex and unpredictable than those presented in the classroom.

In real healthcare practice:

•   many patient/clients have more than one condition requiring treatment or care

•   there is are hardly ever only one patient/client

•   support documentation on policy and procedure has to be found, interpreted and acted upon

•   prioritising decisions and tasks intelligently and quickly becomes critical.

VCC provides safe and flexible opportunities for learners to develop their clinical, observational, analytical, diagnostic, problem-solving and decision-making skills; in essence, learners can begin to bring together the vast, essential skill set required to be an effective health/social care professional.

As in real life, most VCC simulations begin with an audio-visual handover from a ‘colleague’ before the learner takes over the situation and defines a course of action. Decisions must be prioritised and information assessed from observational, visual, auditory, written and audio-visual sources presented within the cases.

VCC represents e-learning at its very best and allows learners to:

•   experience the responsibility of patient care

•   think laterally

•   fit learning around work-life balance

•   review teaching materials and current procedural guidance as required

•   cross-check various data resources

•   encounter different learning styles

•   assess and measure improvement.

Competency in infection control, blood transfusion, drug administration and numeracy within a clinical environment are just some of the areas currently covered or in development via the VCC platform. There are over 30 VCC modules covering a vast array of medical and social care scenarios; partnerships are being forged to create further case studies to help employers meet the demands of modern health and social care provision and delivery.

University Spinout – Cytox Limited

Cytox Ltd is a diagnostic company that is working to transform clinical management and drug development in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).  Cytox has a unique and proprietary blood-based assay technology, phenoTOR, which enables the early identification of patients at risk from developing AD. This patented technology is supported by a strong body of clinical data. The business is working with Pharmaceutical companies and clinicians to provide in vitro diagnostic and prognostic tests. The business is led by an experienced management team (Chairman – Mr David Evans; CEO Dr Richard Pither) with a proven track record in building value in the diagnostic industry. The University of Birmingham is a key investor in Cytox.  As a Senior Lecturer and Lead of the Neurodegeneration and Repair team at the University of Birmingham, Dr Zsuzsanna Nagy continues her pioneering work in Neurodegeneration, preclinical drug screening, biomarkers and risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases.  Cytox has a strong intellectual property portfolio of in vitro diagnostic products licensed from the University of Birmingham via its wholly owned subsidiary Alta Innovations Ltd and the University of Oxford via ISIS Innovation, its technology transfer subsidiary.

 

Virtuar Moving and Handling

virtuarMusculoskeletal disorders cost the NHS £400million and account for 40% of absences each year even though manual handling training has been compulsory since 2003. Back pain can have a devastating effect on the lives and careers of health care staff who are constantly putting their own health at risk in moving less mobile patients and heavy equipment on a daily basis – sometimes in very cramped environments.

Birmingham City University educates and prepares over 1,000 graduates annually ready for the world of professional health care and has long recognised that equipping students with solid principles of moving and handling is essential to ensure they remain as injury-free as possible despite working long hours in environments where the demand to take ‘short-cuts’ and ignore safe practice may be acute. To this end, BCU adopts the very latest teaching methods and thinking, sometimes directly contradicting practices long held to be acceptable within the NHS.

Virtuar is a web-based e-learning programme that forms a cornerstone of this approach and delivers the theory of safe moving and handling to users through an engaging, interactive interface and state-of-the-art graphics.

It is proven that 65% of learners respond to, and retain, visual information more easily therefore Virtuar engages with learners visually and also demands user interaction to ensure concepts are understood and assimilated.

Virtuar training covers:

  • Moving and handling legislation – ensuring that individuals know what their legal responsibilities
  • Back care exercises – presented via multi-camera angle views and designed to strengthen the muscles most fundamental in avoiding back injury
  • Risk assessment – practical advice on the challenges that healthcare staff encounter daily
  • Key principles – defining concepts that staff must know
  • Practice scenarios – fully interactive scenarios allowing learners to conceptualise and apply theory within simulated situations.

WMG and Barkley Plastics Collaboration

A collaboration between the SME team from WMG at the University of Warwick and Barkley Plastics has led to an increase in turnover for Barkley Plastics of over half a million pounds and the creation of 3 new jobs.

Barkley Plastics, with a long and successful history offering moulding solution to a range of sectors including automotive, medical and retail, worked with WMG to diversify into new markets.  Benefitting from the ERDF funded Innovation Programme, the company has used optical microscopy testing to assess the validity of its patented in moult welding, used Additive Layer Manufacturing facilities to create prototypes for a revolutionary finger-held razor and medical devices, load tested a new Step Stool project and investigated new process of manufacturing interior trim components for Bentley Motors.