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New CPD course on photonic crystal fibres is a huge success

Wed Jan 12 14:26:00 GMT 2011

Delegates from across the globe attended the Physics Department’s first Continuing Professional Development course last month. The two-week non-accredited course was co-ordinated by Dr Dmitry Skryabin and delivered by staff and postgraduate students from the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials. It drew on world-leading research and gave participants a unique opportunity to learn how to design and fabricate photonic crystal fibres.

Opportunities to gain ‘hands-on’ experience of these cutting-edge fabrication techniques are limited and the course commanded a fee of £8000 per person.  Delegates’ expectations were, understandably, high but they weren’t disappointed.  “The course has exceeded my expectations,” advised one participant. “Thank you for arranging such a great course,” wrote another.  One delegate has already indicated that his company wishes to send another two people if further courses are provided.

”We are delighted with how the course has gone and with the positive feedback we have received,” commented Professor Jonathon Knight, Head of Department. “This is the first CPD course the Department has delivered and we have found it to be a hugely worthwhile and enjoyable experience, so much so that we hope to run it again next year.  Staff from the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials and the CPD Support Office worked really hard to produce an innovative course which provides participants with the skills to make real advances back at their workplace. The income generated from its delivery will enable us to develop further activities of this nature. I would urge other departments to get in touch with the CPD Support and Development Office to investigate how they could develop similar courses.”

Photonics GroupPhotonic crystal fibres represent a new generation in fibre optics. They are optical fibres made from long threads of glass that have air channels running through them. Photonic crystal fibres use the unusual properties of photonic crystals to enable light to be controlled within the fibre in ways not previously possible. They have powerful uses in a range of applications including fibre-optic communications, fibre lasers, high-power transmission, highly sensitive gas sensors, as well as other areas such as the biomedical arena.

University staff who are interested in developing CPD courses for external professionals or employers can apply for a grant from the CPD Development Fund.

See the CPD website for more information on submitting a bid to the Fund.