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WMG: one of the world’s leading research and education groups

Irene Ng

Future of Services and Things

In 2011, digital music sales surpassed CD and record sales for the first time. Global revenues for record companies grew by an estimated 8 per cent to US$5.2 billion in 2011, with subscription services being the fastest expanding sector. According to recording industry body IFPI, the number of users paying to subscribe to a music service increased by 65 per cent in 2011 to 13.4 million globally, even while music piracy is still rampant.

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Pioneering Learning Lab Launched

The Institute of Digital Healthcare, at the University of Warwick, has launched a major research facility aimed at creating more robust digital and innovative healthcare programmes for people living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses.

The IDH Learning Lab is aimed at understanding and evaluating effectiveness of digital programmes in the health service, as well as trialling novel digital healthcare technologies. It has been founded through a unique partnership between WMG, the Institute of Digital Healthcare (IDH) and Bosch Healthcare, and it will design new technologies and evaluate existing ones to improve the lives of thousands of people in the UK.

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International Collaborations and Overseas Partnerships

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that Britain's trade gap widened from £2.5bn in January to £3.4bn in February. Exports to struggling European economies such as Spain, Portugal and Greece are showing steep decline. This is a difficult time for Britain's overseas partnerships.

But it is not all doom and gloom. There are rapidly growing markets where there are deals to be done for the right products and technologies. From India to Malaysia to Africa's southern cone, the high potential areas for growth in emerging economies include sectors where Britain has expertise, such as automotive, mining, aerospace and oil exploration, says Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG

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Jaguar Land Rover funds new Professor at WMG to lead key Hybrid/Battery Electric Vehicle Digital Production

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that they are to fund a new Chair (Professor) in WMG as a key element in their strategic relationship with WMG.

The new Chair is not expected to be a lone appointment, they will lead a new team which will achieve international research leadership in simulation support of the vital complex hybrid and battery electric component and systems innovation, so essential to enable JLR to embrace and robustly deploy these new vehicle technologies and continue to successfully compete in the automotive sector into the Low Carbon future.

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Engaging Industry and Education

If British companies do not invest in developing people, technologies and products, companies in other countries will. There is a clear role for universities in applying their knowledge and insights to business and technology challenges at all levels, comments Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Director of WMG.

Our universities are full of innovators, people who want to work with industry to share ideas, encourage talent and transfer knowledge to develop innovative products, services and people. In order for the UK to remain competitive and successful, it is essential that industry and education forge better relationships and start collaborating together.

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Shaping your Future

In the current economic climate, we are still seeing investment being made in training employees to ensure they have the skills in order for businesses to survive and prosper. Having managers who can progress to leadership roles and contribute to company growth is invaluable. Employers are in the driving seat, they have the control to determine how their employees enhance their career development.

"No matter what your background, WMG offers professional and executive programmes that will meet your career and business aspirations", comments Gareth Taylor, Professional and Executive Programmes Manager at WMG, University of Warwick.

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Challenges and Threats of Globalisation

Globalisation has meant increased prosperity for billions of people and the escape from poverty for millions. Decades of falling barriers to international trade and investment have helped world trade to grow at an average twice the rate of growth of world output” comments Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Director of WMG at the University of Warwick.

As countries such as China and India have made their presence felt in the world economy, it has become even clearer that the global trading system is no longer the preserve of the rich industrialised countries...

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Technology on offer from WMG

Even the largest companies are unable to have all the technology they may need within their own organisation. For SMEs, access to expensive technology often seems an even more unobtainable luxury... One such £5 million lab in WMG at the University of Warwick has already helped engineers build a super bike that has finished 2nd in the first ever Moto2 race in Qatar, and helped another company sell high tech business class airplane seats.

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Region gets a new unique powertrain testing facility

WMG at the University of Warwick has opened a unique £2.28m Vehicle Energy Facility (VEF) for the Midlands which will be the UK’s only purpose built hybrid powertrain testing facility for the automotive sector that is not owned and operated by an individual automotive company.

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New Industrial Doctoral Centre in High Value, Low Environmental Impact Manufacturing

WMG at the University of Warwick has been awarded a new Industrial Doctorate Centre by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The innovative centre will focus on High Value, Low Environmental Impact Manufacturing.

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Researchers help make electric vehicles safer but UFO reports could rise...

A little green van called ELVIN is whizzing around the University of Warwick as part of a major research project aimed at tackling the safety issues linked to the lack of sound from electric vehicles. Researchers from WMG are investigating whether electric vehicles should omit sounds to alert pedestrians and other road users to oncoming vehicles. ELVIN will be able to emit many different sounds, one of the range of sounds being tested is said to invoke memories of early science fiction movies. More...

 

World class research the key to UK competitiveness

Never has the need to collaborate been greater than in the current economic climate. Britain finds itself in a position where if it wants to continue to compete on the world stage, it has to be able to offer new innovative products. This is the key to international competitiveness and will enable our recovery from recession. More...

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The Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Revolution

A £29million collaborative R&D project led by WMG, at the University of Warwick, is set to shape the future of passenger transport. This ground-breaking West Midlands based Low Carbon Vehicle Technology project will ensure Britain’s place at the heart of the low carbon vehicle technology revolution. The aim is to develop and validate a range of new technologies, which will result in the significant reduction of CO2 emissions from automotive vehicles. More...

 

HMI - Enhancing the Low Carbon Driving Experience

Over the past decade, the role of technology in cars has steadily expanded beyond the familiar areas of safety and efficiency features, to include entertainment, communication, and information services. The underlying purpose of many of these technologies is to enhance the driving experience, and make vehicles that are ‘fun’ to own. The introduction of Low Carbon Vehicles (LCVs) heralds an additional series of issues such as novel starting/stopping procedures, or communicating the effect that driving style has on the potential mileage range.

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