UCC | School of Applied Technologies

School of Applied Technologies
School of Applied Technologies

Welcome to the School of Applied Technologies

Preparing you for regional, national and international employment.

Business and Management

We examine what organisations do, how they develop their strategies, and why. In association with real-world employers, we focus on innovation, enterprise and entrepreneurship to ensure you are equipped with a competitive skillset so you are ready to begin a successful career in industry.

Construction

Construction is a prime economic growth subject in this part of the UK, and we are closely involved with training the next generation of professionals in our discipline. Academic study and practical work-related experiences combine to form our dynamic construction programmes. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), we help develop relevant occupational and personal skills to launch you into a prosperous career in industry. Meeting CIOB membership criteria, our programmes are widely respected by employers.

Engineering

Through developing advanced technical and analytical skills, our modern industry-led programmes ensure you have the relevant occupational and personal abilities to excel in this versatile, fast-paced environment. We are very proud that our students have progressed to fulfilling and rewarding careers within the engineering sector and look forward to you mirroring their success.

Information Technology

We aim to fully prepare you for a prosperous career as an IT professional. Led by the industry our programmes are designed for those who are passionate about IT, and constantly evolve to ensure you are kept abreast of the latest changes in this fast-moving industry. Our visual event-driven programming expertise imbues you with the knowledge and skills required to design and implement database-driven, web-based systems.

Interested? Get in touch. I look forward to meeting you.

Bill Martin, Head of School

Courses Offered

BA (Hons) Business and Management
Chartered ManagerDegree Apprenticeship
BSc (Hons) Construction ManagementArchitectural Technology
BSc (Hons) Construction ManagementQuantity Surveying
BSc (Hons) Construction ManagementSite Management
HNCBuilding Services Engineering
BEng (Hons)Engineering (Top-up)
HNC/DEngineering (Electrical and Electronic)
HNC/DMechanical Engineering
Manufacturing EngineerDegree Apprenticeship Level 6

Philip Cheung a lecturer in Information Technology and teaches the following modules:
Cisco Networking Academy courses, IT Infrastructure, Penetration Testing, Secure System, Advanced Server Technology, Computer Architecture, Programming.

While working as the Manager of the Toshiba Electronics Design Centre in Hong Kong (1986-95), Philip started to work as a part-time lecturer for the Open University of Hong Kong. In 1995 he was appointed as Senior lecturer to the Vocational Training Council in Hong Kong, a post he held until 2008. In 2009 he joined the University of Essex before taking up his present appointment in 2012 at the University Centre Colchester.

Philip’s expertise is in electronic and IT system development, especially in cloud based E-commerce and Internet of Things framework.

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Kylie Baalham is a lecturer in Business and teaches modules in Conference and Event Management, Work Based Learning, Business Accounting, Small Business Management and Business Resources. Kylie joined Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester in 2016.

Kylie began her professional career working within the hospitality industry, including seven years working in Amsterdam in 5 star hotels such as the Hilton. She has over 10 years’ experience of various management positions, an expertise that is very pertinent to her lecturing work.

Kylie’s research interests are connected to developing her professional practice by understanding her students’ experience of university training.

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Brenda Rich is a lecturer in Construction and teaches the following modules: Construction Management Dissertation; Corporate Management and Finance; Health, Safety and Welfare; Information and Communication Skills; Principles of Management; Procurement, Tendering & Estimating; Production of Buildings; Project Appraisal & Analysis; Project Management; Research Skills; Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Building Design.

After training as a surveyor, Brenda’s business background gave her the ability to progress into commercial management, working in the Construction & FM industry since 2005.

Her portfolio of work has consisted of large-scale projects to the value of at least £500m. Projects have included The Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park and the Ministry of Defence site of Colchester Garrison.

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Graham Meek is a lecturer Engineering and Business, teaching modules in Business Start-up Skills; Project Management; Continuous Improvement and Lean Leadership; Business Management for Engineers and Dissertation Supervision.

After completing his first degree and employment as a scientific officer for the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), he started to work for the UK arm of a Japanese robot company (Fanuc). Graham formed a private consultancy business and has since started other small businesses, focusing on management, business improvement, technical training and consultancy.

Clients he has delivered consultancy and training services to include; Ford, Nissan, Heinz, Rolls-Royce plc, Durr Ltd, Shell and SMEs in the wholesale and manufacturing sectors.

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Dominic Onimowo is a lecturer in Engineering, teaching Engineering Science and Mechatronics. Dominic is a member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, Society of Petroleum Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Dominic is an active researcher in the field of mechanical engineering and has experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Heat transfer Enhancement, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Dominic has worked as a research assistant carrying out computer based fluid dynamics simulations on a 3D printer in order to create a digital twin and connect this to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dominic’s PhD involved the analysis of fluid flow geometries and the effects on the physics of flow using computational fluid dynamics.

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Bill Martin is Head of School of Applied Technologies and teaches modules including Construction Management, Construction Technology, Surveying and Construction Mathematics.

Bill is a member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and an incorporated member of the Chartered Institute of Building. Bill is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) Accreditation Panel and the CIOB’s Educational Framework Steering Group.

Bill’s expertise in his subject, combined with his academic leadership in Higher Education, have made him a sought-after external examiner, verifier, and commercial advisor. He is currently working with the Chartered Institute of Building on the renewal of its educational framework.

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Business and Management Staff

Kylie Baalham

Kylie Baalham is a lecturer in Business and teaches modules in Conference and Event Management, Work Based Learning, Business Accounting, Small Business Management and Business Resources. Kylie joined Colchester Institute and University Centre Colchester in 2016.

Kylie began her professional career working within the hospitality industry, including seven years working in Amsterdam in 5 star hotels such as the Hilton. She has over 10 years’ experience of various management positions, an expertise that is very pertinent to her lecturing work.

Kylie’s research interests are connected to developing her professional practice by understanding her students’ experience of university training.

Read staff profile

Construction Staff

Brenda Rich

Brenda Rich is a lecturer in Construction and teaches the following modules: Construction Management Dissertation; Corporate Management and Finance; Health, Safety and Welfare; Information and Communication Skills; Principles of Management; Procurement, Tendering & Estimating; Production of Buildings; Project Appraisal & Analysis; Project Management; Research Skills; Supply Chain Management and Sustainable Building Design.

After training as a surveyor, Brenda’s business background gave her the ability to progress into commercial management, working in the Construction & FM industry since 2005.

Her portfolio of work has consisted of large-scale projects to the value of at least £500m. Projects have included The Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park and the Ministry of Defence site of Colchester Garrison.

Read staff profile

Engineering Staff

Graham Meek

Graham Meek is a lecturer Engineering and Business, teaching modules in Business Start-up Skills; Project Management; Continuous Improvement and Lean Leadership; Business Management for Engineers and Dissertation Supervision.

After completing his first degree and employment as a scientific officer for the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI), he started to work for the UK arm of a Japanese robot company (Fanuc). Graham formed a private consultancy business and has since started other small businesses, focusing on management, business improvement, technical training and consultancy.

Clients he has delivered consultancy and training services to include; Ford, Nissan, Heinz, Rolls-Royce plc, Durr Ltd, Shell and SMEs in the wholesale and manufacturing sectors.

Read staff profile

Dominic Onimowo

Dominic Onimowo is a lecturer in Engineering, teaching Engineering Science and Mechatronics. Dominic is a member of the Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, Society of Petroleum Engineers and Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Dominic is an active researcher in the field of mechanical engineering and has experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Heat transfer Enhancement, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Dominic has worked as a research assistant carrying out computer based fluid dynamics simulations on a 3D printer in order to create a digital twin and connect this to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dominic’s PhD involved the analysis of fluid flow geometries and the effects on the physics of flow using computational fluid dynamics.

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Information and Technology Staff

Marzieh Farahani
Payman Ghorbani
Philip Cheung

Philip Cheung a lecturer in Information Technology and teaches the following modules:
Cisco Networking Academy courses, IT Infrastructure, Penetration Testing, Secure System, Advanced Server Technology, Computer Architecture, Programming.

While working as the Manager of the Toshiba Electronics Design Centre in Hong Kong (1986-95), Philip started to work as a part-time lecturer for the Open University of Hong Kong. In 1995 he was appointed as Senior lecturer to the Vocational Training Council in Hong Kong, a post he held until 2008. In 2009 he joined the University of Essex before taking up his present appointment in 2012 at the University Centre Colchester.

Philip’s expertise is in electronic and IT system development, especially in cloud based E-commerce and Internet of Things framework.

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Ian Puttock, FdSc Construction, graduated 2016

"The course has given me an excellent grounding for re-entering my career at a higher level and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to work in a managerial role on-site. I now work as an Assistant Site Manager for Cadman and I worked on the College’s new STEM Centre."

Matt Wiles, BSc (Hons) Computing Solutions alumni

"I chose UCC for my degree because the smaller teaching groups allowed for more individual support."

Shereen Masiha, FdA Business Administration graduate

"UCC can give you so much; not only a qualification but also valuable employment skills and experience that will really benefit you as you start your career."

Brett Cutbush, BA (Hons) Management of Sport graduate

"The course opened my horizons within the world of business - especially marketing. My job at GFM Holdings Ltd allows freedom to add my own influence to client briefs to create a top quality product."