WMG hosted a rare two day visit of the House of Commons Science and Technology committee on 11th and 12th June. As part of their visit the Committee, chaired by Andrew Miller MP, took part in a round table discussion on the commercialisation of research with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya and senior members of WMG.
This is in fact the second group of MPs to visit WMG in less than a week as the previous Friday Lord Bhattacharyya was pleased to welcome the Associate Parliamentary Group on Manufacturing to WMG. That Group, which is co-chaired by Chris White, MP for Warwick and Coventry, exists to encourage the exchange of knowledge and understanding between Parliament and the manufacturing industries, helping to raise the profile of manufacturing both inside and outside of Parliament.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya said “I was proud to show both the Group and the committee the outstanding work that is undertaken here at WMG, which has an impact for the companies that we collaborate with. I feel it’s extremely important that parliamentarians get out and about so they can see first-hand the kind of research that is being undertaken. “
Andrew Miller, MP Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology committee said “I wanted the Committee to see the breadth of work that is undertaken by WMG, so that they could see the real world applications of the research. I’m always fascinated to come to see the research first-hand, especially the stretch from automotive into healthcare and the things that matter to each and every one of us. Professor Lord Bhattacharyya is highly respected and is an excellent advocate for manufacturing, which is so important to our economic recovery"
They were also interested in the diverse research that WMG undertakes. Through discussions they had the opportunity to discuss the quality and impact of research and the approach taken by WMG to collaboration with industry. The committee toured WMG’s academic teams to see first hand the breadth of research and the sectors the Group works.
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Peter Dunn, Head of Communications, University of Warwick,
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PR84 PJD 14th June 2012