HE STEM Programme North West operates as a regional spoke out of Manchester Metropolitan University. It is a focal point for facilitating funded regional activities lead by regional HEIs and other stakeholders. It supports HEIs in encouraging the exploration of new approaches to recruiting students and delivering programmes of study within the STEM disciplines.
The delivery model is designed to foster a collaborative approach, and to ensure that activities build upon, and do not duplicate, already existing initiatives and activities from strong and diverse delivery base. The activities of the spoke aim to enable the transfer of good practice across the HE STEM sector in this region, facilitate their wider adoption, and encourage innovation.
To achieve this, the spoke is facilitating the funding of a suite of projects across the region aimed at enhancing, transferring and embedding identified good practice in HE STEM provision. To this end the spoke is supporting a portfolio of regional project activities as follows:
Working with regional HEIs to widen participation within the STEM disciplines at university level by encouraging collaboration with those within the school and FE sectors to widen the impact of pilot projects originally developed by the Professional Bodies, and enhance other good practice identified in the region.
Supporting Higher Education curriculum developments focusing upon course delivery and design, student support, and knowledge and skills including areas such as graduate employability, undergraduate careers, and maths support.
Supporting activities to encourage those currently within the workforce and society without a prior university level qualification to engage with further study to develop enhanced knowledge and skills. In particular, through consultation with national stakeholders such as Sector Skills Councils, Foundation Degree Forward, HEFCE and BIS the spoke has identified a set of Workforce Development and Life Long Learning priorities for action. This in turn has lead to a Higher Level Skills Action Plan for the region consisting of a suite of projects in areas such as development of STEM provision that better meets employer and employee needs, encouraging flexible and innovative ways of up-skilling the current workforce, and improving employer access to regional HEI capability.
The Regional Director is Paul Hooper.