What exactly is the WEIoT?

We’ve been in discussion with Weston college about the IoT or rather the WEIoT(and yes we got confused too by the Acronym) so we thought it’s about time to discuss it with you all so here it is:

The West of England Institute of Technology (WEIoT) is industry, education and research collaborating to design and deliver flexible, higher-level technical learning to equip people with the skills to fully participate in, and contribute to, economic growth driven by digital innovation and emerging technologies.​

The WEIoT has been designed to support businesses across the region to thrive and embrace the opportunities of the digitalisation of the economy. We are one of only 12 national Institutes of Technology licenced by the Department for Education to support local employers develop higher-level skills and train employees for the jobs of tomorrow. ​

As mentioned, there are a few colleges and institutions involved and among them locally are Weston college and UWE both of whom we are closely involved as well as Bath Gloucestershire and Yeovil colleges. Therefore we will be bringing you some information of what the local members are offering in terms of courses and reskilling over this year. We’ll start with Weston College:

Weston College

Weston College is the regional Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year, for three years in a row and works with over 2,000 apprentices across the South West, offering 50+ training programs designed by industry. They are always looking for new partnerships to support their apprenticeships so if you want to get involved with them so check out the courses on offer on their tech skills webpage. There’s also some level 3 training for free (if you do not yet have a level 3 qualification and are over 19!) – there’s even a cyber course in there, check it out here.

If you want to get a degree whilst learning then check out the level 6 options here it includes options as a BSc in applied computing, Digital and technical solutions, multiple engineering degree options, games and animation, graphic design .. in fact just take a look..

UX Bristol July the 16th

UXBristol is back again in July. We are offering a day of online talks, streamed completely free on the UXBristol YouTube channel. We now have a provisional schedule.

Wanted to share the details of our Women in Security: Mind the Gap event taking place Wednesday 14th July 1-2pm with the focus of taking career risks and embracing change.

The content is relevant to anyone, irrespective of their position within security, and we most certainly welcome ‘manbassadors’ too as we understand that they have a huge role to play in lessening the gender gap that still exists. Sure you’ll agree that we have some fantastic panellists lined up too including Andy, CISO at the FCA.

So please feel free to attend yourself and share with your colleagues and within your communities; we would love to have you there. The more the merrier!

Userlab paid research opportunity

We’ve had a request in from Userlab around health which sounds pretty interesting as they are looking for quite specialised.

We’re a small user research company in the UK and we’re currently working on a discovery research study for the HRA (Health Research Authority) who are part of the NHS. We want to understand the needs of specific user groups to help the HRA make their services more accessible and user-friendly to non-clinical users, essentially.

People we’d like to speak to as part of the research are:

1. Startup founders/co-founders/SME leads in the health/med-tech space
2. Postgrad students in Computer Science/Ai/Bioinformatics who are working with/on healthcare data
3. Professionals working in digital healthcare e.g. Healthcare Technologists, Research/AI Leads, Software Engineers/Developers, Bioinformaticians

OHT Bristol Summer Social is on the 14th of July

As the summer is rolling on in full bloom, OHT Bristol is cordially inviting our local One Health Techies for an in-person social on 14th July! This is an opportunity to network and exchange ideas without constraints of a set topic and just have a little bit of fun in the centre of Bristol!

Jobs of the Week

These are from companies working with us and really keen to be inclusive on the gender diversity front.

Front End Developer Job – Junior/Mid-Weight

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We are looking for a Junior to Mid-Weight Front-End Developer with strong skills in JavaScript, CMS integration and templating languages to come and join us here at Thought and Mortar.

Our Events

This week is the final Workshop Wednesday before we take a break for the summer

Currently running projects with PyLab and WebDev 101 – sign up Workshop Wednesdays or CodeHub @ Workshop Wednesdays and just pop in to say hi even if you’re not wanting to work on a project. Beginners welcome!

Conferences

The 5th Intl. Conf. on Materials Sciences and Nanomaterials (ICMSN 2021) July the 13th

The conference is to exchange ideas, to promote material science especially focusing nanomaterial and to present sophisticated research works.

2021 2nd International Conference on Oil, Gas and Coal Technology-ICOGCT July the 13th

ICOGCT is a multidisciplinary international conference on oil, gas and coal technology that is concerned with exploration, production, processing & refining, storage & transportation and so on

6th Intl. Conf. on Material Engineering and Smart Materials (ICMESM 2021) July the 13th

Serves to foster communication among researchers and practitioners working in a wide variety of scientific areas with a common interest in improving Material Engineering and Smart Materials related techniques.

As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.

Women’s Tech Hub products

Candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).

Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.

Engage with our members, advertise your companies, and share any jobs then you can support us by sponsoring the Workshop Wednesdays – details here.