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New opportunities for MSc Energy and Resilience students to build international and industry links

(13 January 2017)

A new EU Erasmus+ project will bring an opportunity for four Masters students to join students and energy academics from Slovenia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic (Czechia) working on people-centred development.

 

'PEOple-centred development approaches in Practical and Learning Environments' brings together Higher Education Institutions from the social sciences and industries from the sustainable living and energy sector to jointly develop and integrate people-centred development approaches into their research, teaching and learning practices. At the core of the project is the idea that understanding people should become an indispensable part of industrial development processes, as a means to achieve practical-based education as well as new categories of products, services, or business strategies that truly address people’s needs and lead to sustainable innovation.

By bringing together Higher Education Institutions from the social sciences and industries from the energy sector to work on joint cross-fertilisation, the PEOPLE project addresses the immediate needs of both graduates and companies. The former will apply the skills learned through their training in sociology, psychology and anthropology to real-life and work situations; the latter will benefit through improved products, services and processes and developing innovation in rapidly evolving technology. In addition, the project will have long-lasting impact on Higher Education Institutions and society at large by improving the relevance of social science teaching and research.

An opportunity for Masters students

Four MSc students will be funded to join EU project alongside students and energy academics from Slovenia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic’ in 2017-18. 

The project is embedded into the compulsory Field Study module for the MSc Enegry and Society course; the selected students will take this module as a 30 credit module. They will be awarded mobility funding to work in collaboration with a UK company, Kemuri Ltd to help develop user friendly elements within the company’s current products and services. Students mobility funds will also support student exchange visits, to attend a project workshop event in one of the participating countries outside the UK. The scheme is open to UK home and EU students and selection will be carried out through a straightforward application process after registration on the degree programme.

If you are interested in joining this project as one of the students there is still time to apply for a place on the MSc Energy and Society!

For further information contact: Dr Simone Abram simone.abram@durham.ac.uk or Prof Sandra Bell, Sandra.bell@durham.ac.uk

Find out more about the PEOple project at https://www.durham.ac.uk/dei/projects/people/