Visit to Cambridge, England – April, 2015


SEHUD consortium visited Cambridge University. UA partners took part in ‘training of the trainers’ program as well as in coordination meetings together with EU partners. The following events took place reflected in logics of SEHUD work packages. Within ‘training of trainers’ program a visit to Madingley Hall was organized where Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education is situated. Director of the Institute Rebecca Lingwood made presentation ‘University Outreach’ and answered questions concerning LLL actual for Ukrainian education that is in reforming state. Prospects of collaboration were outlined. Methodological literature enriched SEHUD database by LLL methodology. Visit to the Cambridge institute for Manufacturing (West Cambridge) and a presentation made by Simon Pattinson were devoted to the issue of ‘university – industry – business triangle’ that is actual for UA reforming education. Sharing experience in developing original approach to interaction, well developed infrastructure, environment specially organized for multidisciplinary communication as well as methodological literature invested to developing SEHUD partners competence as well as enriching SEHUD database with concrete materials concerning interaction of Academic – Industrial - Business worlds (WP1).

A range of lectures was devoted to the Modules of USD curriculum: Simon Payne made presentation “Strategic planning of the city”; Jeremy Sanders delivered lecture “New Developments at Cambridge University: North West Cambridge Development” with emphasis on sustainability. Head of the Department of Architecture and Director of Centre for Urban Conflicts Research Dr. Wendy Pullan presented a package of materials “Conflict in cities and the contested state” with 10 briefing papers that are very actual for Ukraine; Rob Wallach delivered lecture ‘How material sciences will save the world’. Material sciences were not presented in USD curriculum. It was decided to create in ‘SEHUD self-developing knowledge base of training materials’ an additional section for supplementary materials. The materials presented as well as manner of presentation were very impressive giving example of highly developed pedagogical skills & methodology of Cambridge professors. Tour of West Cambridge guided by Sebastian Macmillan provided visual materials for enriching ‘Self-developing knowledge base of training materials’. A program devoted to Cambridge cultural and architectural heritage invested into USD curriculum Module 2 devoted to historical heritage and identity. The program included: tour of Cambridge and visit to Pembroke College guided by Sebastian Macmillan; Tour to Madingley gardens; Lecture and tour of King’s College Chapel guided by Jean Michel Massin (WP2).

EU and UA partners visited to the Department of Architecture library and developed experience in “digital library” structure & principles of search based on different criteria. Gained experience helped in developing instructions for searching training materials provided by STV-team platform. ‘SEHUD database’ as well as ‘USD self-developing knowledge base of training materials’ were enriched by deliverables concerning USD curriculum and SEHUD Work Packages activities (WP3). Prof. Folli (POLIMI) made a presentation of methodology for one-week workshop that is planned for SEHUD pilot training with final phase to be realized during visit to Kharkiv in June 2015. Action plan was developed, UA partners have received the task to define a project site, number of students and lectures to be delivered within seminar. Deadlines & draft of Program for visit to Kharkiv were outlined (WP4).

UA coordinator prof. Sergeyeva presented an updated table of training package readiness as well as an updated matrix of characteristic mistakes based on the last evaluation of USD CU. UA coordinators responsible for quality control at their universities defined deadlines for providing CU (IALPNY & KNUCA) and corrections by their authors (WP5).

A package of materials for dissemination in Ukraine was developed on the basis of experience gained during visit to Cambridge. The package includes presentations devoted to the following issues: LLL, Academic – Industrial –Business triangle, Digital library, USD Modules, Workshop Methodology, Sustainability Leadership, Developing SEHUD Network (WP6).

Wendy Pullan & Theo Hacking presented a report “Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership”. As a result SEHUD database was enriched by materials concerning the role of University in developing sustainability leadership based on the example of Cambridge University that is a leading education, research & cultural centre of the world.

John Barber & Rorry Finnin made a presentation “Ukraine & Europe” where Cambridge activities concerning studies of Ukrainian culture at ‘Art & Humanity sciences’ were described. After the presentation, discussion turned to be productive as toproposals for concrete collaborative activities for developing SEHUD network. Prospects of collaboration with Cambridge University Department of ‘Art & Humanity sciences’ concerning cross-cultural studies & developing English & Ukrainian languages competences of students & professors were outlined.

Welcome receptions at Wolfson College and Madingley Hall as well as involving SEHUD partners into Cambridge traditional events were organized by Sebastian Macmillan and John Barber for developing friendly communication in informal atmosphere that created good prerequisite and solid bases for sustainable collaborative work after project life (WP7).

Special working session devoted to the future meetings and workshops took place. Meetings to Kharkiv, Athens, Saragossa, Milan & Varna were discussed. Dates of visits to Kharkiv, Saragossa & Odessa were changed due to situation in Ukraine.

Sara Caspani made a presentation of ‘Project Management: Financial Update’ in the context of second transfer of SEHUD budget by EACEA. She informed about new exchange rates, transferred funds, reported funds, expenditures correctly justified by documents, plans of actions, next bank transfer pre-financing, co-financing as well as urgent tasks. Consortium members took part in the work of Financial Desk organized by Sara Caspani for consulting or solving individual problems of every SEHUD partner.

Steering committee meeting took place for discussing situation with changing KNUCA coordinator on the final reporting stage of project. An appeal to KNUCA rector with explanation of possible risqué & difficulties for project completion was developed.

UA coordinator professor Sergeyeva updated presentation concerning state of the art at final stage of the project and informed how contingency plan has been developed (WP8).