October 13, 2011

WMG Launches New International Doctorate Centre

Monday 10th October was an exciting day for WMG with the official launch of our new International Doctorate Centre.

International Doctorate Centre Launch

 Heather McDougall, recent WMG EngD Graduate International Doctorate Centre Launch

After enjoying the chance for some lively conversation and networking over lunch in the International Digital Laboratory guests, including existing and potential sponsoring companies and current Engineering undergraduates eager to learn more, moved into the auditorium for the official presentations.

WMG Chairman Professor Lord Bhattacharyya described it as a proud day for WMG and the next step on a long and exciting journey which couldn’t have been taken without the support of our partners, many of whom were in the room.  The Professor also felt that the EPSRC support for the Centre showed the standard of work that we do here at WMG and the high regard in which it’s held.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Chair of the Centre’s Steering Group, spoke of how he believes the Centre has an important role to play in both industry and society, with WMG able to become “the incubator for tomorrow's industrial leaders; highly skilled, business trained, internationally minded, innovative and committed to securing a low carbon future”. The audience heard how proud JLR is to be one small part of it, together with other organisations like BAE Systems, Johnson Matthey, ARUP, PTC and TTI who are all members of the Steering Group.

It was particularly good to have Heather McDougall back with us, providing a different insight from her perspective as a recent EngD graduate. Her presentation (without notes!) was wonderfully engaging and several prospective students sought her out for questions afterwards.

WMG has offered the original EngD since it was first launched in 1992 and Dr Kerry Kirwan, Strategic Director of the new Centre, is a past student happy to openly state that he believes the new qualification, with its international focus, is even better than the EngD he himself had undertaken.

There are a number of projects available already on the Centre’s website for students wanting to apply to the programme. Anyone thinking of being sponsored by their current employer, or any companies wishing to partner with WMG in this new venture should speak to the Centre’s Operations Director Dr Kevin Neailey.

We look forward to meeting the new students and bringing you more insights on how they and the Centre are progressing.

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