Daniel gains innovation award
graduate, Daniel Banks, now employed by Flann Microwave Ltd
in Bodmin, was delighted to receive an award recently at the
Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) Celebration Event 2006 at
the Tremough Campus in Penryn.
Daniel gained a first class engineering degree in Robotics
and Automated Systems at the University of Plymouth before
joining the Unlocking Cornish Potential scheme. Via UCP he
joined Flann Microwave Ltd which is a market-leading designer
and manufacturer of microwave components and systems for both
military and commercial applications. It sells these to a
worldwide clientele including household names in the broadcast,
aerospace and telecoms industries.
Daniel's main project was to develop several automated programmable
instruments and design and realise a universal controller
that could operate the redeveloped devices and any future
instruments. His success in achieving this and the new skills
which he provided directly benefited the company and resulted
in a permanent job offer at the end of the project.
UCP is the hugely successful graduate placement scheme of
the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC). The scheme receives
European Social Fund investment via the Objective One Programme
and introduces graduates to local companies to work on development
projects which ultimately aim to both improve the success
of the businesses and give invaluable workplace experience
to graduates. Over 70 per cent of the 165 graduates who have
been through the scheme have been offered full-time employment
at the end of their placements - as is the case with Daniel
- thereby helping to keep highly qualified people, their skills
and knowledge within Cornwall.
Daniel is a keen advocate of the scheme, remarking, "Taking
part in the UCP scheme has given me the best start in industry
I could have dreamt of and made it possible for me to find
employment and stay in Cornwall, something I didn't believe
The UCP event itself celebrated the successful completion
of over 40 projects and each graduate and company attending
was presented with a certificate to mark their joint achievements.
Including those for businesses and graduates who were unable
to attend, just fewer than 100 certificates were issued in
total. There were also seven special awards covering categories
such as marketing, business growth, innovation, use of ICT
and project management.
Against tough competition, Daniel won the award for 'Contribution
to the Knowledge Economy Through Innovation' due to his truly
innovative approach to problem solving during his project.
The award was presented by Peter Castell, CUC Business Support
Manager and Allyson Glover, UCP Project Manager.
Dr James Watts, Principal Microwave Engineer at Flann Microwave
Ltd was understandably pleased, commenting "We are delighted
that Dan's effort has been recognised by this award. His work
will make significant improvements in performance and manufacturability
for several of our key products into the future. We have gained
a talented and enthusiastic employee through our participation
in the UCP scheme."
For further information please contact Emma Stallard, PR
and Communications Officer at the Combined Universities in
Cornwall on 01326 370446 or email: Emma.Stallard@cuc.ac.uk.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall
(CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund
(ESF) and in the Combined Universities in Cornwall project's
Unlocking Cornish Potential Scheme and the Cornwall Research
Fund through the European Social Fund (ESF).
The Unlocking Cornish Potential (UCP) project is part of
the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative and
is managed by Cornwall College. UCP builds on 5 years of highly
successful, ESF funded activity by the University of Plymouth.
The UCP project seeks to measurably improve the efficiency,
competitiveness and growth potential of SMEs in Cornwall through
the placement of graduates in companies to undertake business
development projects. These projects can last from 6 to 12
The company employs the graduate to complete a project that
is key to the growth and development of that business. With
the help of the European Social Fund, UCP can provide up to
a 30% subsidy towards the graduate's salary provide assistance
with other project costs. The graduate receives support from
a business mentor and the assistance of the project team to
scope, plan and execute a successful business development
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