Cranfield’s manufacturing reputation cemented

Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by The Manufacturer

Cranfield University’s majority leadership of the nine EPSRC centres and the announcement of a new Masters course further increases its reputation as a centre for manufacturing excellence.

As well as leading three of the new EPSRC centres, Cranfield University is involved in another two across the country. The university’s proposal to run a new Masters course in Manufacturing Technology and Management further adds to its position as one of the leading centres for postgraduate education for the manufacturing industry.

The UK government’s manufacturing strategy focuses on high value manufacturing, which is seen by a huge number of figures in the industry as critical to economic growth in a changing international landscape. With emerging economies such as China, Brazil and India able to provide better value for money in terms of production costs, this approach is becoming even more important according to the CBI, government and leading manufacturers.

A much increased number of highly trained manufacturing engineers will be necessary to provide the leadership skills able to drive UK manufacturing forward, while providing the vision for future success. The rapid growth in technology also presents an opportunity for re-skilling for professionals already in the industry.

The MSc in Manufacturing Technology and Management draws on the University’s world-leading expertise in manufacturing to develop professionals with the ability to transform knowledge into action. The course provides students with the breadth of both technical and business skills to make a real impact in their career.

Professor David Stephenson, director of Cranfield’s Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre said: “Cranfield University works closely with a range of organisations in the manufacturing sector, conducting cutting edge research in high value manufacturing. The University is therefore in the unique position of being able to rapidly identify and respond to skills shortages in industry. This course has been designed to develop the right people with the right skills to respond to the needs of industry today and in the future.”

George Archer