“I was genuinely taken aback by the fact that I learnt new skill. I expected a re-run of material I’d heard before.”

Scholar Workshop 2017

For many UKESF Scholars, the residential workshop is a highlight of their scholarship.

This year’s workshop was again held at the University of York, from 3rd to 7th September, with a record number of UKESF scholars (61) taking part in the event, which focuses on both personal and professional development.

The 2017 workshop programme included a range of professional development sessions delivered by a team of renowned facilitators, some returning to the workshop for the sixth time. Representing Think Eleven Ltd, Team Massive Results, Skills 4 UK and The IET,  the facilitators delivered sessions including Communications and Rapport Building, Goal Setting, Effective Negotiation and Lean Thinking, as well as panel discussions with ex-UKESF Scholars and work-based group projects.

The UKESF was fortunate to have other guests present to delegates on a variety of industry-related subjects. Gerry Scott from the University of Southampton gave a presentation on the five-year PRiME research programme, and Neil Dickins from IC Resources presented on Utilising Professional Networks and gave CV advice. The UKESF was also joined by Jeremy Smith from Mathys and Squire, who presented on Intellectual Property, and Jon Marsh from ARM, who spoke about Professional and Business Ethics.

This varied programme gave scholars the chance to network with industry professionals and everyone enjoyed a formal dinner, with some great after-dinner entertainment, to celebrate their hard work.

The UKESF is delighted to announce that 90% of the workshop attendees rated their overall experience as being ‘excellent’, the highest possible rating. Feedback included some enthusiastic comments such as: “I have loved the whole week it was a really great opportunity to meet new people and to get to know so much about the other side to the industry” and “It’s been a very valuable and worthwhile week, I learnt a lot! Thank you to all the organisers and the speakers!”

Stewart Edmondson, UKESF CEO, commented, “I was thrilled by the enthusiasm and active participation of all the students at last week’s workshop.  It was really great to meet all of our scholars in person and to share the experience with them.”