Professional Development Day – Slides available

On Thursday 26 May we hosted our second Professional Development Day in conjunction with Leeds Beckett University at their Rose Bowl building in Leeds. If you were there, I hope you will agree that it was another success, possibly over and above that of the first, thank you for helping that one along.

We now have secured the individual presenter’s slide presentations from the day, and as a huge number of you have requested we are now able to make them available for download here.

We have had some great constructive feedback on the event, but would welcome more as we are always happy to listen. If you would like to feedback in person with some suggestions for next year, please come along to the next committee meeting at Leeds Rose Bowl on 11 July – 18.30. Please just let us know you are coming.

News from the Chair … May 2016

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Spring is really upon us now and, in the Yorkshire Region, we are gearing up for our second grand Professional Development Day on Thursday 26 May 2016. I am sure that most of our members have heard something about this event and, even if they managed to miss the inaugural presentation last year, they will have heard that it was widely acclaimed and enjoyed by all who attended.
Due to the monumental effort in organising such an event and the fact that it provides a good chunk in one day to satisfy our annual CPD requirement, you will understand the reason for the reduction in our monthly CPD meetings. This was not originally planned, otherwise you would have been informed, but this is what has happened. Since we have not had a recent CPD meeting and the fact that we have official Institute business to attend to in the Region, I
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News from the Chair … Jan 2016

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I hope everyone had a good holiday break and welcomed the New Year in style! It is always a time of extremes with everything running at full tilt up until Christmas Eve, then it all stops with a bit of a fizz and it takes ages to get going again… but going it has to get and we are gearing up for the new season of CPD with Martin Conlon for his Building Regs Update on Tuesday 19 January, at the Holiday Inn, Wakefield with CIOB members, then we have a presentation from Ronacrete about the Specification of Modified Screeds on 23 February 2016, 18:30 for 19:00 at the Holiday Inn Garforth (don’t get the two mixed up!). I am certainly looking forward to both these events – Martin always provides some interest and humour along with sound and useful information, and screeds can be a bit of a nightmare – especially when they are expected to take six weeks to dry! Hopefully we will be introduced to some more practical material solutions!

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CPD Day 2016

Building on the success of our first CPD Day in June 2015, the CIAT Yorkshire Regional committee are busy planning a follow up event scheduled for the end of May 2016 (date to be confirmed). The focus on all our Regional CPD has become, and will remain quality information and enhanced learning, rather than a manufacturer’s sales pitch.

This year’s event will again be held at Leeds Beckett University Rose Bowl building, and will see a broad range of current topics presented by top professionals in their respective fields. In addition we will be hosting an initial plenary session in the main lecture theatre with a keynote presentation from one of the UK construction industry’s most notable names.

If you thought our first CPD Day was good, we hope you will be even more impressed with this next one. Please keep checking back for updates.

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CIC Yorkshire & Humberside Conference 12th November

Planes, Trains and Automobiles… and ships!

For those who couldn’t make the CIC Yorkshire and Humber Conference held on November 12th 2015 please see the link below. It was a grand event with lots of theatrics which took place at the Yorkshire Aircraft Museum. Speakers included; Rachael Unsworth, Rob Wolfe, Sakthy Selvakumaran, Damien Watkin, Stephen Taylor and the Yorkshire Poet Ian McMillan. They each covered a variety of topics which fed into the future development of the Northern Powerhouse. Their presentations and the poem constructed on the day can be downloaded following the link below. Hopefully we will see some of you there next year!! It’s a great chance to network with fellow professionals from across the board and offer advice to students looking to pursue a career within the construction industry.

8 Dec

Biophilic Design – Oliver Heath at the Rosebowl

8th December,  guest speaker Oliver Heath was a huge success and well attended. Several RIBA and RICS members came along too. Please do check out Oliver’s blog on the topic Biophilia – the Future of Eco Design, Health and Well Being.

Our pre-event publicity description was as follows: Designer and TV presenter Oliver Heath explains the ethos and research behind the emerging science of Biophilic Design; how strengthening the human connection with nature can improve the many spaces that we live and work in. With health and well-being rising up the built environment agenda, Biophilic Design has demonstrated impressive benefits to productivity, creativity and cognitive ability. This engaging seminar outlines the approach, a number of case studies plus new research by flooring manufacturer Interface demonstrating the benefit of Biophilic Design in the workplace. Visit our Events page for more information and booking.

News from the Chair… Oct 2015

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All Change!!!       Apologies for the interruption in service but we have had a bit of a change around.

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A note from the Chairman – Jun’15

CIAT YR official logo 150pxMark WilsonDid anyone notice the change in our CIAT Yorkshire logo? No? Well in the previous version you could barely read the word “Yorkshire”. Couldn’t have that could we? So we got it changed. It took the best part of 2 yrs, but we did it. Just shows what perseverance can do.

CIAT is not quite a super tanker – yet!! But to get it to change course often takes some time. So, you may recall I started my Chairmanship by wanting to do things differently, in the hope of obtaining a different result. I hope we have changed more than the logo but perhaps you can be the judge of that and let me know.

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A note from the Chairman – May 2015

Mark WilsonHard to believe but it’s nearly the end of my two year tenure as Regional Chairman, so welcome to what will be my penultimate ‘Note’; hoping that you feel somewhat more enlightened as to what the Institute does, and how it does it, if you didn’t before.

There are three important issues on which to focus this month

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A note from the Chairman – March 2015

The warmer weather and light nights approach, the CDM 2015 Regulations beckon, and it’ll soon be Christmas; still, onwards and upwards. Did you remember to celebrate the 12 February 50th Anniversary?

The anniversary year remains high on our Institute’s agenda and will be officially marked by a high profile A wards ceremony to be held at The Savoy Hotel on 25 September, and of course the AGM and Presidents’ Ball to be held this year in Edinburgh on 28 November.

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