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Professor Lord Kumar
Bhattacharyya KT CBE FREng FRS
Regius Professor of Manufacturing

Starting his career as a graduate apprentice at Lucas Industries, Lord Bhattacharyya
became Britain's first ever Professor of Manufacturing. Having seen first-hand how slowly
academic advances were translated into real business and social change, he founded WMG
in 1980 to help business innovate and help university researchers change our lives. Academic
excellence with industrial relevance has always been at the heart of WMG, it is what makes them
unique. Today, WMG is one of the world’s top applied research centres, with a reputation for academic excellence and business results spanning the globe.

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Professor Lord Bhattacharyya recognised by China

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman and founder of WMG, at the University of Warwick, has been honoured by the presentation of a China Talent Visa (R), in recognition of his high-level expertise in manufacturing and inward investment and sustained interaction with the People’s Republic of China.

The China Talent Visa (R) was presented to Professor Lord Bhattacharyya by the Chinese Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency, Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, in a special ceremony at the Chinese Embassy in London on Tuesday 3rd April.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya is one of the first recipients globally of the newly introduced R Visas for foreign talents awarded by the Chinese government. He has been awarded a ten-year visa.. This follows Professor Lord Bhattacharyya receiving two prestigious awards from China, in 2017, – the Great Wall Friendship Award, from Beijing Municipal Government, and the Chinese Government Friendship Award, the premier national award, presented by the Vice-Premier at a special ceremony in Beijing on the occasion of the National Day.

The Chinese government, with this visa, has shown its sincerity towards global talent. It is awarded to foreign high-level personnel, and much-needed highly talented people, whose skills are in urgent demand to help the development of the economy and society of China.

Beijing City University made the application to the Beijing State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs and the SAFEA London office gave valuable assistance in making all the arrangements with the Embassy.

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said “I am honoured to have been recognised by the Chinese government, again, for the contribution that they feel that I can continue to make to the development of China.”

His Excellency Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said “This is a great day and I am honoured to be presenting you with this Visa today. It is important for the Chinese government to forge relationships with British scientists and reflects our commitment to innovation. I appreciate your contribution to promoting collaboration in China and look forward to more years of development.”

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Industrial Strategy - Debte

House of Lords

8th January 2018

In our previous debate on the industrial strategy, the noble Lord, Lord Hennessy, pointed out that this is the eighth attempt at an industrial strategy since the war—I think that somebody else said that it was the ninth. The sheer number of strategies shows the disconnect between them and demonstrates the core problem of Britain’s approach to industrial policy. We focus on the short term and not the long view. We do not review success, revise targets or refine our approach. We just rip it up and start again from scratch a few years later.

The consequences can be disastrous. We have had many White Papers on skills—just to give one example—but there has been no consistency in implementation and no stability in institutions. We have gone from levy to grant to levy, from training boards to skills councils and back. These changes have often been confusing and chaotic. It is no surprise then that we have a near-permanent skills crisis. With all the money that has been spent on it during the past 20 years, nothing has happened.

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Recent Visits
Secretary of State views work to complete £150 million Centre that will help deliver UK Industrial Strategy

The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited WMG, at the University of Warwick, on Friday 20th January 2017, taking up an invitation to see for himself the work underway to complete the new £150 million National Automotive Innovation Centre on the University Campus. He also saw the work expanding WMG’s Energy Innovation Centre which provides a one-stop-shop for the development of new battery chemistries to create advanced batteries for the automotive sector.

The National Automotive Innovation Centre is a unique automotive research centre, and the largest facility of its kind in Europe. It will provide high technology automotive manufacturing research that will be of significant benefit in the delivery of the key manufacturing component of the UK’s Industrial Strategy.