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Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way. When she reached the first hills of the Italic Mountains, she had a last view back on the skyline of her hometown Bookmarksgrove, the headline of Alphabet Village and the subline of her own road, the Line Lane. Pityful a rethoric question ran over her cheek, then she continued her way. On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word "and" and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country. But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again. And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her.Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth. Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way. When she reached the first hills of the Italic Mountains, she had a last view back on the skyline of her hometown Bookmarksgrove, the headline of Alphabet Village and the subline

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Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

"At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus, omnis voluptas assumenda est, omnis dolor repellendus. Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet ut et voluptates repudiandae sint et molestiae non recusandae. Itaque earum rerum hic tenetur a sapiente delectus, ut aut reiciendis voluptatibus maiores alias consequatur aut perferendis doloribus asperiores repellat."

Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

"At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus, omnis voluptas assumenda est, omnis dolor repellendus. Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet ut et voluptates repudiandae sint et molestiae non recusandae. Itaque earum rerum hic tenetur a sapiente delectus, ut aut reiciendis voluptatibus maiores alias consequatur aut perferendis doloribus asperiores repellat."

Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

"At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus, omnis voluptas assumenda est, omnis dolor repellendus. Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet ut et voluptates repudiandae sint et molestiae non recusandae. Itaque earum rerum hic tenetur a sapiente delectus, ut aut reiciendis voluptatibus maiores alias consequatur aut perferendis doloribus asperiores repellat."

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Abracadabra

1914 translation by H. Rackham

"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"

Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

"At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum facilis est et expedita distinctio. Nam libero tempore, cum soluta nobis est eligendi optio cumque nihil impedit quo minus id quod maxime placeat facere possimus, omnis voluptas assumenda est, omnis dolor repellendus. Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet ut et voluptates repudiandae sint et molestiae non recusandae. Itaque earum rerum hic tenetur a sapiente delectus, ut aut reiciendis voluptatibus maiores alias consequatur aut perferendis doloribus asperiores repellat."

1914 translation by H. Rackham

"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

Date
Thursday, 25 June 2020
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AEP, Applied Engineering Programme, BEng Engineering, Digital Healthcare Science, WMG staff

NAIC NAIC Showcase

The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at the University of Warwick brings together academics, engineers and designers to develop the technologies and products of the future – much to the advantage of the UK automotive industry.

The building has been designed specifically to encourage collaboration, cohesion and cross-fertilisation of ideas. It is here that the latest technological advances, including reducing dependency on fossil fuels and reducing CO2 emissions, will be refined.

The NAIC connects leading manufacturers and academic teams and attracts the next generation of engineers and designers. It is helping to address the shortage of skilled R&D staff in the automotive supply chain, and also support the creation of apprenticeships in vehicle technology.

Although much of the research at the NAIC is confidential, its creativity is on show in a striking building in a beautiful landscape.

Date
Thursday, 18 June 2020
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Pitching in, not just bailing out

Margot James

I joined Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) at the University of Warwick as Executive Chair at the start of April. It was a baptism of fire – the Covid-19 pandemic means all of us in higher education, just like most of the rest of the country, have had to deal with entirely new ways of working. The crisis has affected every aspect of how we conduct research, educate students and support our communities. Campuses are closed, exams halted, teaching moving online.

Faced with these challenges, our sector has responded. From the efforts to develop a vaccine, to 3D printing protective equipment and InnovateUK and UKRI's coordination of efforts to design, approve and manufacture medical equipment, the HE sector has shown how central it is to the life of the nation.

Looking ahead, we know that our sector will face real pressures as we emerge from lockdown. There is significant uncertainty over student numbers for the next academic year, and we can expect significant disruption to international student admissions. A London Economics report for UCU shows there is likely to be a shortfall in HE budgets of 2.6 billion pounds.

To address this, Universities UK has proposed a bailout package, and the Government has responded by bringing forward tuition fee income and increasing research funding by £100 million. The Government package is a welcome first step. However, it is only a first step, as Ministers have acknowledged in agreeing to work with the sector by setting up two Task Groups on international student recruitment and research funding.

We must engage constructively with these Task Groups, making the case that supporting higher education is crucial to the national effort to help Britain recover from Covid-19 and demonstrating how support for higher education will improve the health, economic growth and sustainability of the nation.

We need to recognise that higher education is far from alone in needing help. Over six million workers are furloughed. The Office for Budget Responsibility projects a 35% decline in output. Tax receipts are falling and spending commitments rising. For many companies, thriving just two months ago, survival is now the only thing on their agenda.

As a former minister, I have experience of being on the receiving end of many valid and urgent requests for support. The Chancellor’s decision to do ‘Whatever it takes’ to get us through the immediate crisis was correct and brave. Nevertheless, Ministers will face many competing demands as we try to recover.

In making our case, we should consider what the Government will need to achieve for the nation and how we will contribute to meeting those goals.

First, there is the risk of economic scarring from a rise in unemployment and underemployment. The Resolution Foundation has pointed out that those most vulnerable to losing income from Covid-19 include women, the young, the low-paid and those in temporary or part-time work. There will also be many families who have been directly affected by Covid-19 including those who have lost loved ones. Some workers and healthcare professionals will have endured months of very stressful work.

Universities can help by offering to support education and the development of skills for those furloughed or at risk of unemployment. What of those entering the workforce this year and next, against a backdrop of recession – how can we help employers and students ensure their talents are not wasted? Can we do more on apprenticeships, on offering support to Further Education Colleges? What proposals can we make to ensure apprenticeship levy and training funds are not sitting idle during this crisis?

Next, how can we support the growth of Research and Innovation across Britain? The leading role of British scientists in developing a vaccine and deploying medical technology highlights the importance of both blue-sky and applied research to grand national challenges.

Before the Covid-19 crisis, the Government set an ambitious target of increasing the share of national output spent on R&D to 2.4% by 2027. Currently, two-thirds of UK Private sector R&D is performed in the manufacturing sector, but manufacturing output is predicted to decline by fifty-five per cent, so the industrial landscape for innovation is at risk. Many businesses will lack funds to invest in innovation.

We need a series of lifeboat projects, along the lines of the Premium Automotive research programme, which laid the groundwork for Britain’s automotive recovery, aiming to preserve R&D capability and attract global investment in sectors where UK research strength can have powerful economic and social impacts. Digitisation, pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, aviation and materials are obvious areas for focus. A hard look at supply chains is essential. For goods and services that are essential to life, let alone the economy, to be subject to supply chains that turn out to be so fragmented and unreliable will never be acceptable again.

We need to explain why increased research funding is critical to future growth –whether in giving us the capability to develop vaccines, ensuring we have a sustainable energy supply or achieving zero carbon transport.

Then there is the levelling up agenda. The Government will be sharply aware that the economic impact of Covid-19 falls hardest on our industrial heartlands. A recent KPMG analysis suggests that the Midlands, North-West and the East of England will be the most affected by Covid-19, with Gross Value Added (GVA) declining by over 10 per cent in the West Midlands.

Here, the higher education sector’s deep connection to local economies will be essential to recovery. We should be emphasising our role in attracting investment, jobs and growth to our communities, and offer to increase support to local businesses, especially SMEs, from apprenticeships to knowledge transfer partnerships.

The national effort to recover from Covid-19 will be as dramatic and vital a project as the immediate response. As we work with the Government for further support for our sector, we should set our arguments clearly in the context of supporting that national effort. Further support for higher education should be focused on our work to improve life chances, create innovation and employment and strengthen communities. We have been at the heart of the fight against Covid-19. Let’s put ourselves at the front of the fight for recovery.

Margot James is Executive Chair of WMG at the University of Warwick. She previously served as Minister of State for Digital and Creative Industries and as Minister for Small Business.

Date
Sunday, 07 June 2020
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Saturday, 06 June 2020
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Mairi MacintyreWMG’s Associate Professor, Mairi Macintyre, is hosting a series of special 'Lunch with…' seminars, during May and early June, where she'll be chatting to senior leaders from academia and industry.

The prestigious line-up includes experts from a mix of sectors including aerospace, engineering, entertainment, energy, finance, travel and education. Companies represented include Rolls Royce UK, Innovate UK, Hong Kong Disneyland, National Grid, and many more.

The experts will be sharing their insights and experiences of crisis management including their responses to the COVID19 pandemic. They will also share their future predictions and challenges for the recovery period.

Mairi explained: “I’ve worked at WMG for 20 years and have had the privilege of growing strong, professional and personal friendships with many industry-thought leaders – a privilege I think many of us, working at the University of Warwick, have and one I felt needed to be shared.

Many of those taking part already speak regularly to students on our Master’s programme, and also help to inform how the different courses are developed. These insights, reflections and predictions contribute in a meaningful way to the bigger conversations we are all having now as we determine the new normal.”

The ‘Lunch with…’ episodes are broadcast live to the University of Warwick community, with recordings then added to WMG’s You Tube channel here.

Date
Wednesday, 08 April 2020
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