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From teenage school student to doctoral researcher, WMG’s ‘Class of 2016’ to share their year of learning online

Lord BhattacharyyaWMG at the University of Warwick has launched the ‘Class of 2016’, an exciting new initiative to showcase its world class education programmes, and the opportunities they offer people at any stage of their career.

WMG’s Chairman, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, is passionate about education and ensuring that industry has the right skills base on which to sustain its future.

He explains: ‘I started out as an apprentice, and it is that grounding that has shaped my whole career. I worked my way up through the ranks, so I know first-hand what it takes to work hard to achieve career goals. I feel strongly that everyone, at any stage of their career, should have the opportunity to develop their skills, which is why workplace learning and technical education is at the very core of WMG.”


Call for Papers - WMG Doctoral Research and Innovation Conference

flyerThe 2nd annual WMG Doctoral Research and Innovation Conference, entitled ‘Innovation through Collaboration’, is an excellent opportunity to showcase research from both academia and industry across themes in design, materials, manufacturing, systems and business transformation.

Organised by doctoral students, the conference will be held in the International Digital Laboratory on 30th June - 1st July, with an evening social event on the 30th.

Papers and poster presentations will take place across a wide variety of topics and awards will be presented in each theme.

Abstracts should be submitted online by 31st March.


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Officially Launched

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing was officially launched yesterday (17 December) at a reception, hosted by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, at the House of Lords.

An exciting collaboration between the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield, the new Centre will offer an International Engineering Doctorate (EngD (Int)) in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, awarded jointly by the three institutions. It is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and industry partners.

Invited guests from both industry and the education sector heard how the Centre will address industry-driven research challenges around sustainability; including establishing natural or recovered materials as feed-stocks, reducing process inputs and outputs without compromising performance or economic viability, extracting high value materials from waste streams, and ultimately establishing economic and environmental sustainability.


Best Poster Award at Major International Conference

Ilke Uysal UnalanIlke Uysal Unalan a visiting PhD student, who spent the last year working on under the supervision of Dr Chaoying Wan in the International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (IINM) in WMG has won the Best Poster Award at the 8th ECNP International Conference on Nanostructured Polymers and Nanocomposites held in Dresden, Germany recently.

The work, a collaboration with Dr Stefano Farris of the University of Milan, Italy describes the research ongoing in to the use of graphene in biopolymer nanocomposites for packaging and coating applications.

Thu 02 Oct 2014, 13:41 | Tags: Nanocomposites Research Degrees Partnerships

A*STAR and WMG create first Engineering Doctorate scholarship in Singapore

Lord Bhattacharyya with Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STARWMG at the University of Warwick have partnered with A*STAR (Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research to create first Engineering Doctorate (EngD) scholarship in Singapore The new scholarship programme is designed to encourage highly-skilled engineering professionals to help accelerate economic growth in the manufacturing industry.

Under this programme, A*STAR’s SIMTech will collaborate with WMG to develop a pipeline of innovative R&D talents in the area of manufacturing processes, automation, and systems. Through a curriculum of engineering business management and specialised technology courses, and applied research, successful candidates will gain an industrial edge to their research to tackle real-world engineering problems, adding value to the manufacturing industry.

Tue 02 Sep 2014, 16:36 | Tags: Research Degrees Education Visits

Warwick team gives exceptional performance at European International Submarine Race

Warwick Sub 2014After two years’ development and two weeks of racing, engineering students from the University of Warwick were awarded 2nd in UK and 4th place overall at the European International Submarine Race (eISR) event in Gosport, Hampshire.

The team of Warwick engineering students raced a human-powered submarine around an underwater course measuring 175m. This one-man craft was piloted by a student in scuba gear lying down and peddling to drive rear propellers while steering via a joystick at the front. Speed and agility were crucial as any interactions with course markers incurred penalties; the sub with the fewest penalties and fastest time won.

The competition itself is recognised globally as an opportunity for some of the best students, from a host of universities, to demonstrate their knowledge and passion for engineering,

Thu 24 Jul 2014, 15:55 | Tags: Research Degrees Partnerships Manufacturing

WMG EngD Students are Runners Up in the Engineering Young Entrepreneurs Scheme Final

A team of Engineering Doctorate students from WMG were runners-up in the grand final of the Engineering Young Entrepreneurs Scheme (Engineering YES) in Birmingham on 18 June.

The competition is for UK-based postgraduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present a business plan for an imaginary startup company to a group of investors and industry experts. Participants learn the techniques of how to go about planning a new business venture, and meet local entrepreneurs and business leaders who have done it for real, before presenting their business plans to the panel.

Congratulations to Simon Brook, Thomas Bruen, Matthew Byrne, James Hooper and Richard Woodward, who were awarded first prize for their 'lift/elevator pitch' in the three-day West Midlands heat last month, where they were also joint winners of the Peer Review Prize and runners up overall, winning £500.

At the grand final, they placed second out of eight teams drawn from heats from across the country, receiving another £500.

Fri 20 Jun 2014, 11:53 | Tags: Research Degrees

New EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing

Kerry KirwanIt was announced today, Friday 28th March 2014, that WMG is to lead a new “EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing”. The Centre will be a partnership between universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield.

Dr Kerry Kirwan, Director of the new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing, said:

The new Centre will produce the next generation of manufacturing business leaders with a high level understanding of interdisciplinary enterprise, the research experience essential to compete in a global low carbon environment, and an international view of Sustainability and the Circular Economy."

This is the fifth such Doctoral Training Centre (CDTs) to be awarded to University of Warwick leadership by the UK’s research councils. The expected total investment by the research councils for all five CDTS led by Warwick will be around £19 million.


WMG sponsors 'SET for Britain' Silver Award

SET Award 2014WMG congratulates Claire Donaghue who won the Silver Engineering Award at the 2014 SET for Britain Poster Competition which took place at the Houses of Parliament today.

WMG sponsored the Silver Engineering Award which was presented to Claire by Dr David Clark, Principal Fellow at WMG.

Claire Donaghue is a PhD student from the Centre of Excellence for Medical Engineering Solutions in Osteoarthritis at Imperial College. Claire won the Silver Award for her poster on ‘Teaching Machines to Diagnose Osteoarthritis from MRI Scans’.


Submarine students dive into international competition

Warwick Sub TeamEngineering students at the University of Warwick are working to achieve their dream of designing and building a human-powered submarine.

On July 7, the Warwick Sub team of seven finalists will be competing in the four-day European International Submarine Race (eISR) at Gosport’s Ocean Basin, the biggest covered water space in Europe. However, their first challenge on the path to glory will be raising enough funds to enable them to manufacture the vessel.


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