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Developing Enterprise Opportunities from Placements to Graduate Consultancy in Lean Sustainable Design

Developing Enterprise Opportunities from Placements to Graduate Consultancy in Lean Sustainable Design

Year: 2010

Section: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Editor: Boks W; Ion, W; McMahon, C and Parkinson B

Author: Humphries-Smith, Tania Maxine; Hunt, Clive

Section: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Pages: 340-345

Abstract

This paper reports on the adaption of a model for consultancy of using graduates working on a
contract basis for Bournemouth University (BU) but within a client organisation, and managed by a
member of academic staff. The model is based on BU Design graduates undertaking a 6 month
consultancy under the direction of an academic.
The adapted model, discussed in this paper, offers consultancy in the area of lean sustainable design, a
research specialism of the Sustainable Design Research Centre. The paper discusses the industrial
relevance of design education and how design education and design research are strengthening each
other with industrial relevance and investigates how to exploit existing relationships with companies
who employ undergraduates on placement.
It is envisaged that in order for graduates to work effectively as consultants, they will need additional
development in the area of sustainable design and lean design. To address this possible shortfall a
short continuing professional development (CPD) course is being developed, which will be offered to
perspective consultant graduates to provide training to them in appropriate areas. In order to manage
the risk associated with using inexperienced graduates to conduct the consultancy work, the projects
will be managed by academics as well as providing support, by way of mentoring, to the graduates
during the consultancy periods. The paper reports on research undertaken with final year design
students to determine the content of this short course.

Keywords: Sustainable design, lean manufacture, academic consultancy, design for manufacture, enterprise, curriculum

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E&PDE 2010: ENGINEERING AND PRODUCT DESIGN EDUCATION 2010The 12th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will take place 2-3 September 2010, and will be organised by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway in partnership with the Design Education Special Interest Group (DESIG) of the Design Society and the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED). The conference in 2010 will address the relationship between design education and design research. This year's conference theme, "When...

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