University Centre for Northern Devon; news & event update

The following events are organised by Northern Devon’s exciting Higher Education facility, based at Petroc College

Events take place across June and July. Please follow the links or email the respective parties to discover more and book your place.

* Wednesday 12 June – Celebration event (5-7pm) *


You are welcome to meet our degree-level students and hear more about their visits to Morocco, Japan & Malawi.  Our BA (Hons) students will be presenting their dissertation findings and our BSc (Hons) presenting their final year projects. Cake & refreshments provided. RSVP or please email [email protected]

* 26/27 June – ocean tech expo 2024 (Plymouth) *


The Ocean Tech Expo will build on the success of three previous events and will showcase leading technical capability and near market innovation capable of decarbonising and increasing productivity across a range of offshore activity. The event will feature 60+ speakers across 2 days and will focus on applications to the most relevant market opportunities for the SW region demonstrating technologies with cross cutting applications across markets including: offshore wind and renewables, defence, aquaculture and fishing and the decarbonisation of the wider maritime sector. Ocean Tech Expo is brought to you by Maritime UK SW, a not for profit partnership of business, research and government dedicated to driving forward sustainable growth in the SW ocean economy. All proceeds from the event will be reinvested into the sector. For more information, please go to

* Tuesday 02 July – visit to the national composites centre (Bristol) *


A delegation from IFMEREE* colleges in Morocco are visiting North Devon during the first week of July.  We have arranged a trip to the National Composite Centre in Bristol to hear more about the Centre, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the work they are leading on Hydrogen skills. We are inviting our degree-level engineering students and local companies to join us for this visit. Please email [email protected]  for further information and/or to register your interest.  We are arranging a bus with collection from Petroc – Barnstaple Campus & Tiverton Campus. *

* Wed 03 July – green hydrogen skills policy dialogue (12noon -4pm)*

University Centre/SWIoT, Petroc (Barnstaple Campus)

Skills and workforce are central to the development and operation of new technologies to enable the net-zero aspiration of national governments.  As part of a British Council skills partnership project, the University Centre at Petroc (UK) and IFMEREE* (Morocco) are working together to convene a dialogue series on the skills and workforce capabilities for the emerging green hydrogen sector in the UK and Morocco. This is the UK policy dialogue session with a reciprocal event arranged in Morrocco for later in the year. These sessions will involve key stakeholders from government, industry, and education (from both the UK and Morocco) to identify the challenges, opportunities, and policy interventions required to ensure we have the sector skills critical to meet the needs of both countries. The output from the dialogue sessions will be a joint communique summarising the findings and recommendations from dialogue participants in both the UK and Morrocco. Lunch is provided. *

Please email [email protected]  for further information and/or to register your interest.

* Tuesday 09 July – ENGINEERING forum – breakfast event (8.30-10am)*


An opportunity to meet other businesses, talk to College and University Centre staff about courses and apprenticeships, and learn more about innovating with Cotie. Breakfast provided. To book your place and/or for more information, please email [email protected].

* Tuesday 09 July – ENGINEERING YOUR FUTURE EVENT (10.30am – 4pm)*

University Centre for Northern Devon & South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT) – Petroc (Barnstaple Campus)


Are you passionate about shaping the future of engineering and attracting the next generation of engineering talent? We invite you to join us at an upcoming event dedicated to promoting engineering careers and inspiring the next generation of engineers.

Employers and stakeholders are invited to bring a stand, promotion materials and an engaging activity (or two). To register your place please book here: or contact [email protected] for more information – thank you.

  • Connect with students and others who are eager to embark on their engineering journey. Showcase your company and future career opportunities.
  • Support the promotion of engineering and engineering education with interactive sessions promoting engineering skills and opportunities.
  • Build relationships with educators, industry peers, and potential collaborators. Explore opportunities for partnership, research collaboration, and talent development.
  • Share your insights, experiences, and expertise to inspire and guide the next generation of engineers.
  • Identify possible interns, future employees and apprentices.

Who is attending?

  • Year 9 & 10 students
  • College students interested in careers in engineering
  • University students looking to meet engineering employers
  • Career changers interested in pursuing engineering careers
  • Parents seeking information
  • Anyone interested in engineering careers

* new – degree apprenticeships *

We are developing a set of new degree apprenticeships to start in 2024/5.  We are looking for interested employers who would like to work with us in developing these qualifications:

  • Creative Digital Design Professional (ST0625)
  • Broadcast & Media systems engineer (ST0426)
  • Project Manager (ST0411)
  • Chartered Manager (ST0272)
  • Manufacturing Engineer (ST0515)
  • Product design & development engineer (ST0027)

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information – thank you.

* Higher apprenticeships & degree-level awards*

We are offering the following higher apprenticeships, HNCs & foundation degrees to start in September 2024:

  • Construction Design & Build Technician (L4)
  • Countryside Ranger (L4)
  • Engineering Manufacturing Technician (L4)
  • Software Developer (L4)
  • Technician Scientist (L5)

HNCs available in Engineering, Electronics & Construction

Top up your HNC with FdSc Electronics & Communications or FdSc Mechanical Design & Manufacture

Please contact [email protected] for more information – thank you.