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Foundation Degrees
Working Higher - a solution to workforce development
Cogent is supporting the development and roll-out of modular, work-based foundation degrees for the chemical, polymer, petroleum, bioscience and nuclear industries. The Foundation Degree framework is aimed at up-skilling existing staff in a technical role. 

Employer consultation
If you are interested in finding more out about how a foundation degree could benefit your company why not talk to one of our Industry Champions

Biosciences and
Pharmaceutical Industry
Chemical Industry
 Nuclear Industry  Polymers Industry Refining and
 Brian Szukala Robert Green  Allison Hunt
Martin Wells
 Jeremy Pingstone  Gareth James

NEWCogent have developed a Foundation Degree Specification that is intended to guide the development and approval of foundation degrees in Refining and Petrochemicals by partnerships of employers and providers throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Click here to download the Refining and Petrochemicals Foundation Degree Specification

Click here to download further information on Foundation Degrees

Working Higher is a collaborative project with the Physical Science Centre and the University of Hull. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), it aims to develop a suite of flexible, work-based Foundation Degrees in partnership with a University consortium and employers.

Working Higher Consortium
The universities chosen to deliver the Working Higher project are:

  • Refining and Petrochemicals Industry - University of Hull
  • Nuclear Industry - University of Central Lancashire
  • Chemical Industry - Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Polymers Industry - London Metropolitan University in partnership with Napier University
  • Biosciences/Pharmaceutical Industry - University of Kent

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