Are students aware of their options?

Anna Jennings - 9 Mar, 2017

On 1 May 2017, the Government will introduce the apprenticeship levy, an employer led strategy to encourage businesses to take on more apprentices and create new apprenticeship qualifications. In addition to this, the Government also has set a target to create three million apprenticeships by 2020. It’s therefore imperative that students are aware of what is on offer to them.

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Will Brexit be a big deal for the University Sector?

Adrian Padley - 3 Feb, 2017

I attended the ‘AUDE Big Conservation’ recently where university speakers were joined by financiers, consultants and contractors to discuss Brexit and other challenges ahead for universities.

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Do we need to fear the fourth industrial revolution?

Stephanie Whittaker - 26 Jan, 2017

Often referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, the current rapid growth in technologies and approaches such as artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, smart cities and the internet of things (IoT), are changing the way we live, work and play.

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Smart cities will evolve through citizen engagement

Andrew Pryke - 11 Jan, 2017

In 2015 I visited the World Smart City Congress in Barcelona. When I attended the event in November 2016, I was struck by how the agenda had developed considerably in the space of a year. There are some clear trends emerging.

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What can cities gain from the latest Pokemon Go craze?

Stephanie Whittaker - 22 Jul, 2016

Since its arrival at the beginning of July, Pokemon Go has become a phenomenon with people around the world searching for Pokemon using their smartphones, however, there is a lot more to this craze than meets the eye.

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Citizens it’s time to collaborate!

Stephanie Whittaker - 23 Jun, 2016

In my last blog post I talked about the importance of collaboration in driving the smart city agenda forward, but how can you make certain that collaborations deliver results?

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Building and campus-wide energy use need not be a headache!

Andrew Pryke - 1 Jun, 2016

Energy and carbon remain at the top of the agenda for many estate managers, as universities seek to improve their sustainability credentials and increase operational efficiency.

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The University of the Future will be shaped by data

Andrew Pryke - 4 Apr, 2016

The Higher Education Commission’s report ‘From bricks to clicks’ states that: “Having timely up to date and accurate knowledge is essential to shaping the successful university of the future”. However, for many universities this presents a huge challenge.

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Learn while you earn

Jed Taylor - 17 Mar, 2016

Apprenticeships have given me the opportunity to get into the work environment straight out of school and to earn money while I continue to learn.

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How a Bricklaying Apprenticeship helped me get where I am today

Claire Brittain - 15 Mar, 2016

From the age of 15 when my parents were getting an extension built, I became fascinated with construction and the way everything came together.

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The fourth industrial revolution

Andrew Pryke - 9 Feb, 2016

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos (Jan 20 – 23), participants discussed the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, where we will see the barriers between man and machine dissolve. Just like the Industrial Revolution transformed people’s lives, the fourth revolution has the potential to impact the way we live and work. As technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics take over tasks that had previously been done by humans – what will this mean for the construction industry?

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Get ready for collaboration 2.0

Stephanie Whittaker - 2 Feb, 2016

Over the last few years the concept of collaboration has been discussed extensively in the construction industry, encouraged by the wider adoption of BIM, which has enabled greater stakeholder input. Recently I attended the Smart City Expo - World Congress in Barcelona, where we began to explore ideas that push collaboration to a whole new level.

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International collaboration for the industry of the future

Josh Prescott - 25 Jan, 2016

Construction projects can be high pressure environments where meeting tight budgets, technical challenges and strict deadlines can require partnership working from a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and agendas. But a couple of experiences I’ve had this year have shown me that all of this is achievable.

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Smart Southampton, using smart to improve the urban environment

Andrew Pryke - 11 Jan, 2016

Todays’ cities are awash with data produced by governments, residents, businesses and visitors. It is predicted that by 2020 individuals will produce 1.7MB of data a second.

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Why diversity and inclusion matters to the future of our industry

Jo Pottinger - 9 Dec, 2015

Our industry has changed radically over the last century in terms of what we build and how we build it. However, the make-up of the workforce in the construction industry has not moved at the same pace.

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Big data – big potential

Stephanie Whittaker - 3 Dec, 2015

Every day we leave a data trail by using our phones, credit cards, rail passes and loyalty cards. If captured and analysed this data could deliver huge economic, environmental and social benefits.

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An holistic approach to the health of the NHS estate

David Cotton - 17 Nov, 2015

The pressures on the NHS have never been greater as the programme for this week’s NHS Property 2015 demonstrates.

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Think outside the box – risks facing construction industry

Karen Dawson - 9 Nov, 2015

Across the construction industry risk management is coming to the fore as a key differentiator and is increasingly becoming understood for the strength it adds not only to the bottom line but triple line. That is to say that as well as benefiting a business, it has advantages for the community and the environment.

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Britain’s Smart Cities: it’s not all about technology!

Stephanie Whittaker - 29 Oct, 2015

It is not hard to see why most people equate the term “smart city” with the increased use of digital technology, almost for its own sake.

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Teamwork, decision making and the benefit of hindsight

Jon Kiteley - 14 Oct, 2015

Over the last few weeks the Rugby World Cup has been going on across the country. Millions of supporters, myself included, felt the desperate disappointment following England’s early departure from the competition. As with all team sports, rugby needs the whole to equate to more than the individuals. The activities on the field and their analysis got me thinking about parallels we can draw with everyday business, in our case construction.

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