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    UN Sustainable Development Goal #4

    UNSDG #4 – Quality Education: to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

    Hydraulics Online is working to play our small, but no less important, part in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    Founders Helen and Mark Tonks, as parents to a blended family with six children, have always supported local education projects. Helen has been a school governor of a local primary school since 2014.

    Building a business in the engineering sector and seeing it grow from start-up to nationally recognised global exporter has given Hydraulics Online a unique position from which to coach and inspire – and learn from – the education sector on a national basis.

    Articles and News

    Read about some of the activities that the Hydraulics Online team has been involved with to date in support of achieving UNSDG #4

    Young Enterprise

    Our work with Young Enterprise to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs with an “export mindset”

    Working with Young Enterprise and other Export Champions to develop content for universities and schools, our blend of digital and live content highlights the importance of having an “export mindset” in business.

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    Working as a “dragon” and mentor to inspire MMU students taking part in the Young Enterprise programme

    Hydraulics Online Co-founder on being a dragon: not breathing fire – but instead firing up the next generation of young entrepreneurs on founding a business, internationalisation and exporting.

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    University of Leeds

    The world renowned University of Leeds and Cheshire-based Hydraulics Online form strategic collaboration

    Established in 1904, Leeds is a leading ‘Russell Group’ university and one of the UK’s largest higher education institutions. Recognised for its quality teaching and research, it features in the top 100 in the QS World University rankings.

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    Seabridge Primary School

    Taking to the airwaves at a local primary school to support pupils’ radio show and talk about a career in engineering

    What a talented, professional bunch the radio team at Seabridge turned out to be. The budding reporters asked some fantastic questions demonstrating their careful planning and research…

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    UNSDG Goal 4

    Our latest collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University – offering a year-long student work placement

    Nikki Palin, Placements & Project Coordinator in the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Met, explains why working with local businesses like Hydraulics Online is so important to the university.

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    Case Studies

    Read success stories about the people and organisations that Hydraulics Online has worked with and supplied who work in support of UNSDG #4

    HypED is a University of Edinburgh student-led project that is blazing a successful path for British engineers in Elon Musk’s Hyperloop project

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    Why the University of Edinburgh HypED team chose to approach Hydraulics Online for support when developing a prototype pod for the SpaceX Hyperloop

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    Discover some of the hydraulic equipment, products and system solutions that are being deployed in pursuit of UNSDG #4

    The Customer: Edinburgh University

    The Task: To provide a hydraulic system solution (as a concrete testing machine) for destruction tests within the construction industry.

    The Solution: Hydraulics Online specified, designed and built a suitable high-pressure hydraulic power pack / hydraulic power unit including actuators which was then supplied to the customer within tight time and budget constraints.

    Explore the other United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and what we are doing to play our part…

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