Two events were held in the UK in April to launch and explain the aims of a new and unique Masters’ Degree for the Furniture/Woodworking Sector.  It is the result an EU Erasmus + funded project, entitled IM-FUTURE.

Across both events over 50 delegates were in attendance. One event was held at Hypnos Beds in Castle Donington and the other formed part of the FIESTA ‘Closing the Gap’ Conference held at the Furniture Makers’ Hall in London, where delegates were given the opportunity to be taken through the intellectual outputs that emerged from the project and how these translated into the final E-Learning platform.

The partners came from the UK, Spain, Italy and Poland and events too were held in each of these ccountries. The partners are: Buckinghamshire New University / Szkola Glowna Gospodarstwa Wiejskiego / Cosmob S.p.A / Universita Degli Studi Di Camerino / CETEM / Universidad De Murcia / British Furniture Manufacturers.

It is an open-learning source, so academic institutions can adopt the whole degree or chose aspects of it and adapt to their needs.  It is designed to be extremely flexible. Modules have been assigned credits under ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

There are 4 fundamental modules (common to every students) which will be compulsory and credits have been assigned to these as well as the optional modules.

Fundamental modules

  • Production engineering – technology, process & maintenance
  • Production – scheduling and planning
  • Innovation, product & process improvement systems
  • Fundamentals of enabling technology applications

Optional Modules

  • Operations, business, & process management / Quality control
  • Furniture design history / Design
  • Materials / Furniture process
  • Logistics, warehouse, distribution & supply chain management / Sales and Marketing
  • Workplace, leadership & personal effectiveness competences / Industrial Property Rights and Entrepreneurship
  • Information Search and Retrieval / Investigation Methodology

Additional components (in order to achieve the needed 60 ECTS)

  • Practices
  • Dissertation

In accordance with the selected subjects, different learning paths will be available to allow the student to build their knowledge, skills and competences in the areas they have chosen.

For further information contact us.

“IM-FUTURE” has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project number: 2016-1-UK01-KA203-024438