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Sponsoring Companies

Impact and Benefits

Our International Engineering Doctorate programme offers companies an opportunity to harness pioneering research in order to tackle a specific industry challenge although the long-term benefits may extend well beyond single projects.
By acting as a sponsor company to an EngD International student (also known as a 'Research Entrepreneur'), you will benefit from rigorous research into a real problem, introducing innovative technologies and processes to improve competitiveness within manufacturing. You will also benefit from the international perspective of the programme and WMG's wealth of expertise and cutting edge facilities, with the knowledge gained being transferred back to your company and being embedded into your everyday practice.

Our successful graduates have reported significant and permanent culture changes throughout their organisations as a result of their involvement with WMG. Companies have hailed tangible benefits including reduced manufacturing costs, technological advances and a transformation in entire processes and ways of thinking.

Research Deliverables

The Research Entrepreneur will deliver solutions by applying rigorous analysis, innovative thinking and good management skills. As the sponsoring company you will benefit from the international perspective of the Doctorate, with the knowledge gained being transferred back and embedded into your everyday practice.
The skills your Research Entrepreneur develops will enable them to work effectively within your multi-disciplinary teams.
What your Research Entrepreneur learns at home and abroad will underpin and govern their future approach, influencing the direction of your business.

It is important that the Research Entrepreneur builds up a network which includes fellow students, senior industrialists, policy makers and opinion-formers. They will develop relationships at an international level through accessing our own established multi-sector networks, spending time in global organisations and through a variety of networking activities.

Company Commitment

The relationship between WMG and the sponsoring company is at the heart of the International Doctorate programme. As a company, you will have the opportunity to directly support the Research Entrepreneur through access to your staff, facilities and time.

By providing a suitable and experienced industrial mentor, you will have a hands-on role in ensuring that both the Research Entrepreneur and resultant research are aligned to your long term strategic goals and will play a key part in achieving them.


If you have a project, or a portfolio of short projects, which could form the basis of a Doctorate, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can help. You may already have an employee in mind – from someone who is starting out in their career to a senior manager who left school with few qualifications – or we can find one for you.

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