SWC (South West College)

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South West College (SWC) is a Further and Higher Education College located in the South West region of Northern Ireland (NI) and typically has 20,000 enrolments each year with over 500 staff. SWC is graded as ‘Grade 1/Outstanding’, the only regional College in Northern Ireland to achieve this accolade and ranks among the top 4 colleges within the UK.

SWC are experts in Resource Efficiency and Sustainability delivering R&D support to approximately 150 SMEs annually and also deliver industry training and up skilling events such as energy efficiency and sustainable construction workshops. The College has recently opened a new Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology (CREST). The primary facility is based in Enniskillen and is comprised of the CREST Passive Pavilion and the R&D laboratory. The Passive Pavilion is an example of one of the most sustainable buildings in the UK and Ireland being built to achieve the Passive House, BREEAM Excellent and Carbon Neutral standards. The building is also an exemplar of best practice in energy generation and usage with the installation of an air-water heat pump, robotic tracked solar PV array and 40kW energy storage system. As such, it demonstrates a range of sustainable building practices and is key for demonstration and training in this area. Within the CREST facilities, staff are accessible to develop, demonstrate and test new technologies and show how these can be integrated practically and sensibly to achieve energy savings. The sustainability team at CREST have direct input into the design and development of new curriculum e.g. Level 3 Sustainable Construction, Level 3 Energy in Buildings for Sustainable Construction, Level 4 Diploma in Energy Efficient Buildings etc.

As a promoter of “green” practices and environmental friendly approaches in the construction sector, SWC regularly engage with a range of sector stakeholders in NI including the Department for Infrastructure, NI Water, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and Rural Development, Rivers Agency (Flood Defences), and the Department for the Economy.

ROLE OF SWC IN THE PROJECT

SWC will formulate the learning units and learning outcomes of the program and ensure compatibility with the National and European Qualifications framework and tools, contribute in the identification of training and skills requirements of the sector, participate in the development of a Memorandum of Understanding for the common recognition and exploitation of the project’s results, disseminate the policy recommendation report to policy makers and national authorities and organise a multiplier event and partner meeting in the UK.

CONTACT DETAILS

Contact Person: Dr Jill Cush
Address: South West College, Burn Road, Cookstown, Co.Tyrone, Northern Ireland, BT80 8DN, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 28 82255223
E-mail: jill.cush@swc.ac.uk
Website: www.swc.ac.uk

The project is co-funded by the European Union. This website is an integrated action of the project AQUAVET, as part of the ERASMUS+ Programme. The information provided, reflects the views only of the author, while the European Union and the ERASMUS +Programme cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made.

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