STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) agenda

Parametric Technologies Corporation Inc

Birmingham City University’s partnership with PTC was formally established during 2007, which saw its Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment sign an £11.4 million agreement to enable the University to offer PTC’s progressive product design and lifecycle management solutions to higher education and business markets for research and product development.

This important partnership enabled the University to gain a significant new educational role in industrial product design and development, and become the first UK-based academy for PTC Inc.

PTC had been seeking to offer progressive, advanced digital product development IT solutions for both UK higher education and business markets, and was attracted to the University’s extensive and impressive portfolio in the field of product design. As a result, PTC opened its product development software portfolio to equip the University in undertaking a three-pronged response to the skills challenges.

Industry tells us graduates take 8-12 years to reach an IT-competence level of value to employers. The Birmingham City University agreement is a key UK-ingredient in creating a European higher education delivery source for PTC’s technologies."

John Stuart, PTC Vice-President for Global Partners and Education


Through its Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment, the University utilised PTC’s ‘Green by Design’ product development system, to ensure reduction in product carbon footprints was minimised in its concept, basic materials, production, in-use energy absorption and overall environmental impact. Combined with this, PTC’s digital tools were introduced to enable high-fidelity, virtual design to be developed. These two aspects were naturally dependent on the University’s ability to provide education and training to support PTC’s programmes.

Many SMES and larger sized businesses benefited from the University’s support, which enabled positive strides to be made in the area of design and manufacturing development, through the use of the established PTC software.

Benefiting school children

The partnership with PTC continues to grow from strength to strength, and its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related agenda, which seeks to raise the skill levels in these four important areas, continues to benefit many locally, regionally and nationally based school children. The 2010 British Science Festival, staged in Birmingham, saw experts from the University’s PTC Academy working with over 50 school children and students on an exciting hands-on engineering challenge called Scalextric 4 Schools.

This programme is delivered through a partnership involving the University, PTC, the Technology Enhancement Programme ND Hornby.


  • New collaborations established with Secondary Schools and Colleges across the West Midlands and beyond
  • Strategic relationship developed with Hornby
  • Increased awareness of PTC products to local, regional and national businesses
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