16 January 2020 – Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) held a half-day seminar delivered by the Founder and Director of the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) at Swansea University, Yang Mulia Professor Dr. Andrew R. Barron which took place at Lecture Theatre 2, Library Complex, UTB. The seminar was opened to the public.

Professor Dr. Barron, who is also the Ser Cymru Chair of the Low Carbon Energy and Environment has 36 years of experience in writing research bids and has secured more than $120 million of research funding and open up more than 20 spin out companies through his research.

The informative seminar entitled How to Write Research Proposal and Secure Funding was designed to help academicians and researchers compose good research proposal aid and provide tips to increase their chances of securing funding from the national and international funding agencies and industries.

With two goals in mind, firstly, Professor Barron gave the attendees a comprehensive overview of the proposal writing process including how to tailor projects to Brunei’s specific requirements; how to ensure that the proposal meets the needs; and how to ensure that it is easy for the reviewers to determine its value. Secondly, he was to provide a roadmap on how to write a successful grant as well as provide ongoing resources to the attendees.

Also present at the seminar were UTB Principal Officers, staff and students as well as attendees from other higher education institutions in the country.

UTB and Swansea University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October 2018 focusing on providing staff and students from both universities exchange opportunities and development of joint research activities that are of mutual interest.

ESRI is housed on Swansea University’s new world class Bay Campus and is positioned to discover and implement new technology for a sustainable, affordable, and secure energy future. It also provides an exceptional environment for delivering cutting edge research across energy and energy safety-related disciplines with a focus on renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and utilization, as well as new oil and gas technologies.

Swansea University currently offers around 350 undergraduate courses and 350 postgraduate courses to circa 20,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Ranked at 30th position in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, Swansea University is a world-class, research-led, dual campus university offering a first class student experience and has one of the best employability rates of graduates in the UK.


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