Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies (SCET)

  • Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies


    The world has changed.....
    There has been an explosion of digital media technologies!

    Web 2.0, Web 3.0, podcasts, blogs, cloud computing, social networks, digital natives, crowdsourcing, meritocracies, mash-ups, widgets, serious gaming, augmented reality, artificial reality, visualisation, modelling, knowledge management and business intelligence these are all concepts/technologies that are impacting Creative Industries companies today.

    In light of this, UWS has entered into a collaborative venture with the Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University to create  Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies (SCET).

    Funded by the Scottish Governments SEEKIT programme, Scottish Enterprise and the 3 partner universities, the main remit of the Centre is to foster effective partnerships between the 3 partner universities’ existing knowledge base and Scottish SMEs.

  • The centre offers a range of services including:

    • Themed Workshops
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      These are designed to explore a particular technology or trend with a small group of SME's who share a common interest in the topic. Looking at how these technologies work in the 'real world' the subject matter is investigated in the context of the each business in attendance.
    • One to One advice
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      For those situations that require a greater depth of advice, are commercially sensitive or are on a specific topic our technologists can provide impartial objective advice on technologies and techniques on a one to one basis.

      This is a flexible service and can last for 30 minutes or 10 days as the need demands.
    • Feasibility Study grant
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      The feasibility study grant is designed to help innovative SMEs overcome any technological barriers they might face by leveraging the expertise of the Scottish science base. Eligible projects would be those leveraging technology to enhance their services, products, knowledge or business processes.

      Initially targeted at the creative industries sector the grant provides up to £5000 of match funded support. The SME's contribution can be financial or “in kind” and thus can include resource and equipment costs. The grant will be paid to the research institution involved on satisfactory completion of the exercise.

      Outputs from feasibility studies will typically consist of a feasibility report, proof of concept, technology demonstrator or a combination of the above.

      More information on the range of services that the Centre offers can be found on their website at www.ictthatworks.org