Mr Neil Kaines is a Reimagine Fellow, and his project explores technical services consolidation.
The Technical Services project could have a positive impact across all areas of CECS, with a particular focus on education, applied research and infrastructure.
The idea is to broaden the foundation currently established in the Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering (RSEEME) to a College-wide entity that delivers comprehensive services to schools, institutes, student groups, collaborators and start-ups.
Students will be provided with comprehensive facilities and expert guidance in their project work, from not only their tutors but also special interest groups. This will foster creativity and diverse interests in an applied way. This approach will help build a culture of close cooperation between students, technical staff and course convenors along with the development of teaching spaces and equipment.
Improved compliance tools will reduce the administrative burden and provide a safer work environment and ready accessibility to adequately resourced and multi-disciplined support staff will enable research and milestone completions. Offering a College-wide service will mean sufficient mass in the technical team to offer continuity of service during periods of absence.