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Connected Curriculum

Partnering academia and industry

The UK is home to world class Universities and many leading innovators. As we move into the fourth Industrial revolution we see are seeing a new era of complex technologies. Connected Curriculum aims to bring academia and industry together by integrating Siemens' and Festo's industry 4.0 technology into university curriculum.


Since its launch in 2019 Connected Curriculum has partnered with seventeen UK universities, supporting academic staff to tailor industrial hardware, software and learning materials to meet the needs of their students.   

Connected Curriculum brings industrial hardware and software together in to an off-the-shelf bundle that includes siemens software, curriculum examples, case studies, and real-life problem-solving tutorials. It aims to provide students industrial experience through Siemens and Festo automation technologies during their degree, knowledge that would not typically be gained until a STEM graduate enters the working world. The Connected Curriculum course offers students access to Siemens simulation software including NX Mechatronics Concept Design, Tecnomatix Plant Simulation, PLCSIM Advanced and TIA Portal. Students will also gain insight in to how these are applied in a digital world, getting to grips with MindSphere and Digital Twins.

The university academics and the Connected Curriculum team at Siemens work together to provide a well rounded education. Siemens have developed lecture content and practical projects around the subject of industrial automation to fit seamlessly into the existing university syllabus. These are delivered to the students by the academics with Siemens involved throughout to assist with technical help and engage with the students in project meetings.

Connected Curriculum Partner – Festo

Siemens and Festo are working together to integrate their cutting edge industry 4.0 technology into university curriculum. Festo is a worldwide leader in automation and a world market leader in technical training and development. Festo offer training hardware integrated with Siemens technology to create off the shelf bundles for Industrial applications.

Our Connected Curriculum partner universities

  • The University of Sheffield
  • Middlesex University
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Liverpool John Moores University
  • Teesside University
  • Coventry University
  • Exeter University
  • Salford University
  • University of West of England
  • Sheffield Hallam University

As well as direct university academic partnerships, Connected Curriculum also now partners with institutes of technology. These institutes are formed through a consortium of academic and industrial partners. Our first institute of technology partner is Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology, which comprises of the following institutions:

  • Solihull College & University Centre
  • South & City College Birmingham
  • University of Birmingham
  • Aston University
  • Birmingham City University
  • University College Birmingham
  • Birmingham Metropolitan College

Connected Curriculum Symposium

Connected Curriculum was delighted to host more than 50 representatives from 25 UK universities, institutions, and industrial companies at our Connected Curriculum Symposium on 15th June 2022 at the University of Sheffield.

During the event, a range of students from our partner universities presented some excellent projects which have been developed as a direct result of our Connected Curriculum collaboration. These used cutting-edge industrial technologies in innovative and integrated ways to great affect.

Academics from the University of Sheffield, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Exeter, and Middlesex University London also profiled their increased student satisfaction and future curriculum plans due to the partnership.

Technical talks from key Siemens staff also outlined how the changing industrial landscape impacts skills demands and how Connected Curriculum helps address this.  

Really enjoyed hearing the student presentations and seeing the great work that they are doing because of connected curriculum and the access to software and hardware that comes with it
Dr. Carl Diver, Director of Print City and Industry 4.0 Lead at Manchester Metropolitan University
The student feedback on group working use of the software and hardware was useful. Opportunities to speak with the students was valuable for all parties
Dr. Tim Jones, Head of Education – School of Engineering at University of Manchester
The collaboration with Siemens enables case studies, real-life problem solving and hands-on learning with the ultimate goal to minimise the knowledge gap between leaving university and embarking on a career in industry.  
Dr Payam Soulatiantork The University of Sheffield 
Manchester Met is proud to be part of this fantastic initiative to train the engineers of the future. It’s these engineers who will be driving the fourth industrial revolution and this collaboration between academics and industry is a real example of working together to bridge the digital skills gap. 
Dr Aris Christos Alexoulis Chrysovergis Manchester Metropolitan University 

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