Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI)
What is DETI?
The Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation (DETI) programme is investing in the future of digital engineering for our region.
The West of England is a hub for innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries, and home to a thriving ecosystem of digital creatives and future arts industries.
However, there is a huge skills and employment gap in the UK for future engineers.
- Centre for Modelling and Simulation
- Digital Catapult
- UWE Bristol
- University of Bristol
- University of Bath.
Industry partners include Airbus, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, and CFMS, with contributions from UWE Bristol, Digital Catapult and Siemens. DETI is funded by £5m from WECA, with co-investment from the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and industry.
UWE Bristol’s Engineering, Design and Mathematics Department (EDM) are leading the Skills Development branch of DETI, establishing an engineering engagement hub for the West of England, based out of their new School of Engineering building. Working in collaboration with key DETI partners and industry supporters they are delivering three programmes.
Encouraging diversity and inclusivity, DETI Inspire engages children in primary and secondary education across the West of England, with a focus on disadvantaged areas. Using curriculum-linked engineering outreach and careers support, we are connecting children with real-life, diverse engineering role models to widen participation and aspirations for STEM careers.
DETI Inspire builds on the success of previous projects founded and launched by UWE Bristol, including Curiosity Connections – the network for inspirational primary STEM education in the West of England, and Women Like Me – a tiered mentoring project for women engineers, and has established the DETI Diversity Demonstrator - a network of high-quality diverse engineering career role models, supported by Inspire to interact with outreach events throughout the West of England.
Inspiring future generations, the DETI Transform programme plans to engage with further and higher education institutions to map and upgrade current taught provision and demonstrate how digital engineering can contribute to the sustainability goals for the West of England, leading into the next phase of clean and sustainable growth.
To ensure the current and future workforce is digital ready, the DETI Innovate programme will examine the tools, technologies, and processes needed to rapidly accelerate engineering capabilities and identify the skills needed to embed a digital culture throughout organisations in the West of England. By undertaking a Skills Gap Analysis, DETI Innovate will map current roles within the design and manufacturing fields to digital skills, both current and future, to understand the gaps and help focus solutions.
Working with the existing engineering community DETI Innovate will ensure courses are ‘fit for purpose’ to build the workforce of the future. Working with established national and regional initiatives, short courses will be developed to enhance digital awareness and a Postgraduate conversion course for technical and non-technical graduates will equip them with the necessary digital skills to fulfil roles in a digital manufacturing workplace.
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This week young people across the West of England discussed carbon-emission cutting solutions with experts, before quizzing local politicians on their Climate Action strategies. During the three day Youth Engineering for Environmental Sustainability Summit (YEESS), 11-13 October 2021, discussion ranged from trams in city centres, to jobs of the future. But a key theme, of … Continue reading "Young engineers think educating the public is key for Climate Action"
UWE Bristol Alumni, Silas Adekunle, recently dropped into the School of Engineering’s education outreach hub, to donate a smartphone-controlled robot he invented whilst studying at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The fluid moving, life-like robot known as MekaMon, was the world’s first intelligent gaming robot, but it’s also an amazing tool for teaching coding, and so … Continue reading "Gaming bot joins the outreach hub at UWE Engineering"
How can we take 40% of traffic off our roads, heat our homes without fossil fuels and reduce our waste by 2030? These are some of the questions young people will be tackling at the Youth Engineering for Environmental Sustainability Summit (YEESS), 11 – 13 October 2021. Designed by the Digital Engineering Technology and Innovation … Continue reading "Young people discuss how to reduce carbon emissions with West of England policymakers"
A new planetarium show designed with the Engineering department at UWE Bristol has been chosen to showcase sustainability solutions as part of the Green Zone at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The team will be exhibiting “We Make Our Future”, an interactive, … Continue reading "Sustainability solutions show from UWE Bristol chosen to take part in COP26"
A new Community STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Club run by UWE Bristol academics and local volunteers has launched at the Old Library Community Hub in Eastville. The first session was incredibly well attended, with around 60 children and their parents and carers getting involved in the various activities on offer. The Bristol version of Minecraft was especially … Continue reading "New Community STEM Club in Eastville launched"
The #ZeroCarbonTour made a stop at UWE Bristol earlier this month, on its way through the UK to COP26 in Glasgow this November. Its aim is to share the net zero message and raise awareness of the UN Race to Zero and the UK’s #TogetherForOurPlanet campaign. The event brought together local companies and UWE researchers to showcase their low … Continue reading "UWE Launches Climate Action Hub"
DETI Inspire at UWE Bristol have partnered with I’m an Engineer to host an online sustainability and engineering youth summit this October, ahead of the UN climate change summit COP26 taking place in Glasgow this November. The Youth Engineering for Environmental Sustainability Summit (YEESS) will enable young people from the West of England region to … Continue reading "Say YEESS to climate action!"
Speeding cars, traffic jams, air pollution… these are but a few of the grievances the average city dweller contends with on a daily basis. Below the driving age, children in the West of England do not contribute to these problems, yet they are among the most vulnerable to their consequences. To allow children to safely … Continue reading "Empowering WECA pupils with data for sustainable school streets"