Work Programme & Timeline

UNI-SET began in September 2014 and runs until August 2017. It is divided into two 18-month phases. The full programme of the UNI-SET Work Packages (WP) and their inter-relations can be seen in the figure below.

Timeline 1

Since the launch of UNI-SET in September 2014, EUA and KU Leuven have developed and are implementing two parallel data collection surveys. EUA has been conducting a survey for European universities (WP2) aiming to identify their energy-related Master, Doctorate and Research programmes, as well as their potential future activities in the field. The first phase of the survey ran from April until July 2015 and the second phase started on 18 September 2015. The results of the survey are being used to develop interactive and thematic online maps providing an overview of the European university landscape in the energy field. The analysis of the data will also provide the knowledge to identify gaps and opportunities in multidisciplinary educational and research activity.

In August 2015, KU Leuven launched a survey for employers in the energy sector (WP3). This survey aims at identifying the skills and professional profiles of graduates needed in the current and future energy labour market. It has been jointly developed by KU Leuven and the universities in the Third Party Consortium, namely Grenoble Institute of Technology (Grenoble INP), Jagiellonian University (JU), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC),and is shared with potential employers in the respective local networks of KIC InnoEnergy around Europe (June-December 2015). In addition, and in parallel with the implementation of the survey, KU Leuven and the universities in the Third Party Consortium are all organising workshops to discuss the skills, competences and knowledge needed in the current and future energy sector (May-November 2015).

Both surveys are being closely coordinated and will allow for unique insights into the geographic distribution and thematic orientation of energy-related research and education activities at European universities and how they relate to the current and future labour market in the energy sector. These results are expected to be available in late 2015.

During the second part of the project, and based on the SET-Plan developments, background information and, importantly, the outcomes of the UNI-SET surveys and workshops, UNI-SET will organise a series of ‘Energy Clustering Events’ in 2016-2017 (WP4). The events will aim to bring together university leaders and other interested stakeholders to discuss the input of universities to the main objectives of European energy policy and to stimulate the development of new Master, Doctorate and Research programmes.

Dissemination activities and structured links with major energy stakeholders (WP5) that will continue to evolve throughout the duration of the project will therefore be essential to engage the university sector in the UNI-SET project and to mobilise its research, innovation and education capacities towards addressing the EU energy challenge.