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Full house for city's new AME.

Byline: Jenny Waddington Business editor

THE UK's first 'Faculty on the Factory Floor' has selected its first cohort of students - who are preparing to take part in a new approach to delivering industry-ready graduates.

More than 20 students have signed up to the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering, which is a PS32million joint collaboration between Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing. Senior management at the AME say the number of applications has exceeded their expectations - with interest coming from all over the country for its three-year BEng and fouryear MEng courses. They say the response to the course is a further indicator of the sector's growing popularity and the desire from undergraduates to participate in activity-led learning that gives them real-world manufacturing experience.

"This is a fantastic first response to what we are looking to achieve at AME and shows that we've certainly got the student world excited," said Wendy Garner, associate head of mechancial, automotive and manufacturing at Coventry University.

"Our courses have been designed to meet industry's need for graduates that can have an immediate impact on the shopfloor and also help to ensure our students gain skills that accelerate their own career paths.

"External construction work on the new 1,700 square metre manufacturing hub is nearly complete and this will provide the focus for a lot of activity and will house more than PS2million of robotics, CNC tube manipulation machinery, metrology equipment and simulation software. The undergraduates will be learning on cutting-edge technology, not to mention working with Unipart engineers who have years of experience.

"It's a real win-win situation for them."

Studying at AME will be split into two 16-week semesters per academic year, with students focusing on specific industry disciplines and then working in teams to apply what they have learned to commercial shopfloor projects.

Over the course of the three years this will include manufacturing processes and materials, quality and metrology, advanced manufacturing and automation, design and sustainability and strategic management.

In the final year, they will have the choice to specialise in lean systems and production control or engineering materials and manufacturing technology.

"At the end of the degree they should be ready to apply and enter into employment either at Unipart or within the manufacturing supply chain," added Wendy.

"For those interested, we will also be operating a Masters course, which takes a further year to complete and will be suited to students looking to become a technology leader."

Eighteen-year-old Charlie Bond from Kenilworth is among the first undergraduates heading to AME after he completed a BTEC level 3 extended diploma in engineering at Warwickshire College.

The former Princethorpe College pupil is looking forward to putting the skills he has learned in the classroom to use on commercial manufacturing exercises and working on projects that could change the way powertrain systems are developed all over the world.

He said: "I've always enjoyed making things and definitely want to try and make a career for myself in engineering and manufacturing.

"I enjoy a more hands-on approach to learning and this gives me the chance to use my practical skills in a number of differet scenarios.

"The fact I can be part of a 'UK first' and will be learning from researchers, expe-rienced lecturers and Unipart engineers were all major selling points, not to mention having access to the latest machines and technology.

"Studying at AME should also help me gain valuable shopfloor experience that a lot of other manufacturing and engineering graduates will only get after a year out."

AME, which has received PS7.9million of Higher EduationFunding Council for EPS7.9million of Higher u n d in g E England, is postgraduates also recruiting for ten postgraduates as part of its first also recruiting for ten postgraduates as part of its first year of activity.


Charlie Bond |who is joining the AME and Wendy Garner of Coventry University

Charlie Bond | and Wendy Garner of Coventry University outside the UK's first 'Faculty on the Factory Floor

Simon Stowe of Uni-|part with Charlie Bond who is joining the AME and Wendy Garner of Coventry University
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 8, 2014
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