7th FINCODA Partner Meeting

FINCODA Joint Meeting 24th - 26th January 2017, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

It was the turn for the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia to host the next joint meeting for all FINCODA members and use the opportunity to present progress of all partner activities related to each of the work packages and deliverables on the project.

We've been busy since the previous partner meeting in Hamburg (September 2016).


 Strong Focus on:

  • Software application and beta testing
  • "Rater" training for self and peer-assessment, feedback and reflection
  • Piloting activities in Finland, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and the UK
  • Communication activities of the project
  • Developing a MOOC
  • Tool validation activities
  • QA
  • Project administration

As always, the team at Valencia organised a very successful partner meeting and technical visit to commercial partnerCelestica. Visiting their plant at Pobla de Vallbona, a nearby town close to Valencia city, was very valuable for partners to observe how useful the work being done within the FINCODA project can be for an Organisation such as Celestica.

Since innovation is a priority for operating in the complex environment in which Celestica is settled, having the opportunity of explaining participants this dynamic company’s goals and main activities provided partners a better understanding of their needs as well as a further application of the FINCODA assessment tool in their own organisation.


Oliver Caunt

Oliver Caunt is the Managing Director of family business, John Caunt Scientific Ltd, who specialise in nuclear instrumentation design and manufacture. Oliver relocated the business to the Bury in 2005 and has since overseen stable growth from £1m turnover to just under £2m.

With roots firmly established in the SME landscape, Oliver is a strong champion of entrepreurship and positive collaboration. He is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme; has led a successful £1m grant application in collaboration with the University of Liverpool to develop world-class nuclear reactor safeguards and operations technology; is a member of a pan-European academic/commercial collaborative project- FINCODA - setup to establish a global standard tool to define and identify innovative competencies in people for the benefit of post graduates and employers; is a participant in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's SME mentor programme; was nominated as one of the North West Insider Magazine's 42 under 42 (faces of the future) in 2012; was the best in class for Technology in the Made in Bury Business Awards 2013; a member of the IoD99 (Institute of Directors 99 select entrepreneurs) and is now a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers in London.

Oliver lives in Ramsbottom with his wife, Ivona, and 2 young children. He spends as much time as possible out in the countryside with the kids, the dog, running and on his mountain bike, as well as enjoying the many excellent local restaurants and pubs in the area!