Last week saw the Keystone team pay an exciting visit to our friends at UWS Paisley Campus where we were warmly welcomed by Associate Vice Principal (Research), Professor Milan Radosavljevic and a leadership team of academics from across the school of Computing, Engineering and Life Science. 

With over 100 years’ experience in training engineers and science professionals, the school offers vocationally-relevant courses and we were truly inspired by the evident dedication to ensuring their students leave UWS with qualifications which anticipate industry needs. 

Insight into 5G Technology  

The engineering courses are designed to align with industry requirements and their delivery is supported by excellent on-campus facilities and the programmes are tuned into industry, professional bodies and other institutions. 

The computing courses teach tomorrow’s technologies today thanks to offering access to high-quality computing and state-of-the-art software systems as well as tried and tested in-demand technologies such as Oracle, CIW, Adobe, CISCO, SAP and Microsoft. The Keystone team gained first-hand insight into this thanks to a presentation on the research happening now on the successful deployment of 5G technology. 

This pioneering research means that remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality. UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities. 

Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging 

We were then treated to a tour of the Institute for Thin Films, Sensors and Imaging (ITFSI) where the sky really is the limit in terms of useful applications in the built environment. Applications highlighted by the team included medical devices, sensors, engineering, optics, electronic devices, ultrasonic and photonics. ITFSI research has led to patented products including miniaturised spectrometers for gas sensing, ultrasonic transducers, hyper-spectral imaging for agritech and durable infra-red optical coatings for use in autonomous vehicle imaging optics.  

The physical and chemical sciences courses are also designed around industry needs and UWS graduates can be found in leading positions in companies such as BAE Systems, Fujitsu, Motorola, Nikon, GSK, Sellafield Ltd. Our regular readers will know that our sister company, Key FM, also employs a UWS KTP Associate.  

Keystone are providing innovative workplace and wellbeing solutions to global companies and working with partners internationallyThis world of possibilities means there are exciting times ahead for the relationship between Keystone and the team at UWS.  

Watch this space for more news shortly. Or, tfind out more about our pioneering partnership with UWS, get in touch today.