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

rdkk-sm.jpgWMG 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.

In order to lead in the global environment companies must be able to adapt to the changing global landscape, with entrepreneurial leaders who have an appreciation of science, technology, engineering and who can make an impact in the global market place. Companies need an understanding of the strategic and commercial benefits of moving into a low-carbon economy. The Centre is at the forefront of actions to help ensure that the UK extends a strong global position in manufacturing and becomes more successful at innovation, adoption and exploitation of low carbon technologies.

EPSRC are partnering industry in the new £10m Centre. Our vision is to create a future generation of manufacturing leaders with the high-level know-how and research experience essential to compete in a global manufacturing environment defined by high impact and low carbon. They will be adept at working in multi-disciplinary teams and exceptionally well networked internationally, with demonstrable entrepreneurial flair.

The Centre will educate and develop a cohort of Research Entrepreneurs, aspiring to leading positions in industry. Over four years the doctorate will provide an intensive, broad-based research programme incorporating a taught component relevant to the needs of, and undertaken in partnership with, industry. It is a radical alternative to the traditional PhD; better suited to the needs of industry, with the Research Entrepreneur spending a significant proportion of their time working in a company. Research starts from day one and will be focussed on real opportunities and problems in the sponsoring company. Integral to our programme is multi-disciplinary team working, entrepreneurship and business networking, in addition to the strong original research expected at doctorate level. Through debates, seminars, networking, social activities and overseas placements Research Entrepreneurs will establish key networks with senior industrialists and opinion formers and work with entrepreneurs to learn the challenges of commercialisation.

We will support cohorts of 6 to 10 Research Entrepreneurs each studying for four years. We will use our strong established industrial links and international experience to ensure these Research Entrepreneurs are well placed to become the future leaders of industry.

We are a leading centre for world class education with extensive expertise in post graduate education. Our programmes attract high calibre students with more than 24,000 individuals studying with us and over 6,000 Masters degrees awarded. In 2009 we were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education which highlights that our philosophy of providing academic excellence with a clear business focus is a winning formula.

Our research graduates add significant value to many UK companies through major innovations with many now holding Board level positions. The new Centre builds on this by developing an evolutionary new doctorate for the 21st century addressing industrially challenging issues that will enable companies to develop and implement effective innovative sustainable research solutions that will differentiate them from their competitors.

If you are a company who is interested in sponsoring a Research Entrepreneur contact Richard Seager by email r.seager@warwick.ac.uk or telephone 024 76 575935.

If you are interested in studying for a doctorate please contact Kevin Neailey by email k.neailey@warwick.ac.uk or telephone 024 76 524357.