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Western Branch


Welcome to the SaRS Western Branch home page

Forthcoming Events

The first event of the 2018 event calendar has been announced. The next Western Branch meeting is:

23rd January 2018 Debate – please see below for details BAWA Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG

Branch meetings starting at 1900, refreshments and networking start at 1845.

Western Branch Debate – 23rd January 2018

The purpose of the debate is to open up, engage and facilitate discussion between Western Branch members on two key areas of interest. The questions that will be put forward are:

1. This house believes that within 15 years the disciplines of Safety and Reliability Engineering will be replaced by Software Assurance Techniques.

With increasing automation and digitisation of the control of engineering systems what role is to be played by safety and reliability engineering in the future? Will these disciplines of safety and reliability engineering in the future form a smaller sub-set of Software Assurance techniques? Will the disciplines of Safety and Reliability remain a core component of Engineering Programmes of the future?

2. How can we make Safety and Reliability Engineers more representative of society?

It is challenged that the Safety and Reliability Engineering industry is not representative. For example only 8% of engineers in the UK are women. Whilst this is an issue facing all engineering disciplines, how can the Safety and Reliability Society engage with a wider talent pool and demonstrate the benefits of a career Safety and Reliability Engineering?
Debate Format
20 minutes will be allocated to each question put forward. The debate will be chaired by Gareth Furmston. The purpose of the debate is to share members ideas, thoughts and experience on the issues put forward. In keeping with that principle please ensure that discussions remain friendly and courteous!
As with all SaRS branches, the branch covers a wide range of industries and organisations which include aircraft design and  manufacture, railways, power industries, the Ministry of Defence and the Met Office
SaRS Western Branch covers the west of England and South Wales with Bristol at its centre and providing the location of many of the events organised by the branch. 

Who to contact for more information 

For more information about Branch activities contact Secretary, Gareth Furmston

Branch News 

Recent events run by the Branch have included talks on:

-The Importance and Relationship of Support Engineering to Defence Projects, Malcolm French, DE&S

-Thresher Disaster & Quality, Clare Holmes, Babcock Defence Service Technology

-How do you know you are SQEP? Paul Mayo, SQEP Ltd

-Ensuring Scouting is Safe, Andy Dyer, Babcock Defence Service Technology

-Hazard Management: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Frazer-Nash Consultancy


Since its formation Western Branch has each year held a series of evening lectures, these lectures are normally held on the fourth Tuesday of the month between September and May each year. Lectures address topics which are of relevance to Safety and Reliability Professionals and are an excellent method of keeping informed of current developments; additionally the meetings are an ideal networking opportunity. These events are open to non members and visitors are most welcome.

The branch events calendar year runs from September to May each year. We also aim to include one technical visit per year. BAWA Location Map provides a detailed map showing BAWA and the surrounding area with the ability to select to plan routes. BAWA is a healthcare, sports and leisure club based in Bristol, and is located at 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG . Tel: 0117 9768066.

Branch Organisers 

Chairman: R J Denning

Secretary: G Furmston

Treasurer: A Dyer