USW exploiting the global opportunities of digital transformation
The University of South Wales (USW), Welsh Government and global technology company Thales have established a £20m cyber centre, sitting at the heart of its Tech Valleys programme. The National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC) provides SMEs and microbusinesses with a base to test and develop their digital concepts. It also provides a research lab in which multinationals can develop technology, and will connect Wales to major tech centres across the globe.
- NDEC, which opened in 2019, is located in Ebbw Vale and is the first research and development facility of its kind in Wales.
- Delivered by Thales in collaboration with USW, it provides local, regional and national businesses with a base to test and develop digital concepts; in particular their cyber security, in our increasingly connected ‘Internet of Things’ world.
- Not only will the cyber centre help Wales to exploit the global opportunities of digital transformation, it will also equip businesses with the skills and knowledge they need to win a greater share of large regional and national projects.
- USW leads the Digital Education Centre, which supports the development of individuals’ cyber skills through a programme of educational outreach to schools across the region, upskilling and retraining courses to people mid-career, and to businesses through CPD courses.
Announcing the partnership, last year, Economy Minister Ken Skates said: “I am delighted that the Welsh Government is working in partnership with global technology company Thales on a new £20m cyber centre that will be located in Blaenau Gwent and right at the heart of our Tech Valleys project.
“The centre will help ensure that Wales exploits the global opportunities of digital transformation, provide a base for ground breaking research and will equip businesses of all shapes and sizes with the skills and knowledge they need to win a greater share of large regional and national projects.
“I am confident that through our partnership with Thales and the University of South Wales we will work to stimulate and create employment in high value technology businesses – an ambition that is right at the heart of our Tech Valleys project.”
For more information, visit the National Digital Exploitation Project website.
Graduate Diplomas in Policing
The University of South Wales have recently graduated the first cohort in England and Wales to complete a new graduate diploma in policing, combining combine real-life policing experiences on division with academic learning.
Having experienced a combination of university lectures and academic learning with life on the beat, the officers are the first in Wales and England to complete the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) and gain a Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice.
With backgrounds ranging from sports management to criminology and biology, the officers are now based across the force as fully licensed police officers responding to calls and investigating incidents.
The DHEP forms part of the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) and is a two-year graduate diploma.
Dyfed-Powys Police and USW are working in collaboration to deliver the PEQF initial entry programmes to all new police officer recruits, whether through the DHEP or Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), and support students academically and occupationally.
From the first day of the course, the group became both serving police officers and USW students. Student officers gained independent patrol status by the end of the first year, and were required to complete an Operational Competency Portfolio by the end of year two.
Find out more here.
Developing cutting-edge technology in small businesses across Wales with CEMET and USW
The Centre of Excellence in Mobile and Emerging Technologies (CEMET) is led by the University of South Wales (USW) and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government. CEMET assists small businesses across Wales to develop cutting-edge technologies and boost productivity. Receiving over £8.9m of funding, the project supports SME’s to design and test new mobile and emerging technologies to create products and services for commercial success.
CMET supports Welsh businesses that are seeking to create new products, solutions and services, through bespoke funded collaborative research projects. CMET believes that innovation is a vital part of business growth which is why they use emerging technologies such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Augmented or Mixed Reality and so much more to support businesses to develop and grow through R&D.
CEMET envisage a Wales where businesses continuously innovate, utilising emerging technologies to provide market leading products and services that shape the future. It’s their aim to contribute to an environment where the knowledge and capacity to innovate are key business drivers.
The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government. ERDF funding aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion in the European Union.
Improving Confidence to Act via an Interactive Training Solution
Can you save a life in 4 minutes? In the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, you have less than 4 minutes to react before brain damage is likely. CPR training company Four Minutes Limited found that although people were undergoing training for CPR, in real situations they didn’t feel confident to act.
To solve this problem, they teamed up with CEMET to help create a more interactive training solution that would recreate a real-life scenario with the aim of giving people that confidence to act quickly in an emergency situation. Four Minutes Limited turned to mixed reality to provide a sensory, immersive experience where the participant witnesses a real emergency situation and can take the necessary steps to save a life.
See more case studies here: https://www.cemet.wales/case-studies