HEFCW Project :  ‘Partnership for Progression & Prosperity’ Creative, Technological & Digital Futures: Building Together.

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Cardiff Metropolitan University are leading the Design strand on a new HEFCW funded project.

Centre for Work Based Learning (CWBL) staff are engaging with project partners (education providers) and industry specialists to identify skills shortages within the design industry in South East Wales.

Discussions are taking place with a range of design related professionals  from graphic, fashion, textiles and  product design industries  through to designed objects, architecture and engineering firms around the use of emerging digital technologies in those career paths.

The aim of the project is to develop a design network which will  build sustainable links between education providers and the design sector in South East Wales with a view to improving learner progression into industry.  The Project includes:


Skills sharing through a programme of masterclasses, the first of which took place in January 2019.

The Opening Masterclass entitled ‘Design Masterclass Innovation & Fabrication’ was hosted by Cardiff Metropolitan University and included a  guided tour of the FabLab (www.fablabcardiff.com) which is based in the Cardiff School of Art. Project partners and industry representatives  saw digital manufacturing technologies in action and had further chance to take part in a discussion aimed to encourage a sustainable design network.  

Strategic Insight Placements (SIPs)

Strategic Insight Placements are funded short term placements of university staff into industry (and vice versa). The placements promote and encourage an exchange of knowledge and expertise. Approval   of funding  depends on  well defined ideas for placements  with clear outcomes which would build strategic links with Industry partners, encourage and develop HE/FE collaboration and align with the Design programme strand.

Key Information:

  • A placement can be up to 50 hours maximum

  • Funding up to £2500 maximum (£50 per hour) - expenses not included


  • All staff employed on full or fractional contracts at HE/FE institutions

  • External private/ public third sector organisations (excluding education)

  • SIPs are not to fund free research, consultancy training or provision of service

Application Process:

  • Applicants should complete application form and send to the strand lead
  • The application will be reviewed and confirmation of approval will be given in due course
  • Completion report and timesheets submitted followed by funding being processed. 

SIPs can build strong relationships and trust between sector partners which promotes research and enterprise.  If you are a design  business in the South East  Wales region and are interested in getting involved or need further information,  please contact  Liz Price at the Centre for Work Based learning at cwbl@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

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