Warwick Manufacturing Group
|Director||Professor Lord (Kumar) Bhattacharyya|
|Location||Coventry, United Kingdom|
The Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is an academic department at the University of Warwick, providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, manufacturing and technology. The group provides taught and research degrees for postgraduate students at the University of Warwick campus, as well as at overseas centres in China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Cyprus, Russia and Thailand.
The Warwick Manufacturing Group was originally founded in 1980 by Kumar Bhattacharyya to support the reinvigoration of UK manufacturing through research and knowledge transfer (Bhattacharyya, made a life peer in 2004, remains a director of WMG). Its first venture was a part-time master's degree for senior industry staff; this considered technology and management as a unified whole, with modules taught at a purpose-built residential centre. While the course was initially criticised by academics, it proved popular with industry and companies began to send staff to WMG in greater numbers.
Bhattacharyya then decided to provide industry-related research services too, convincing the university to loan money for a centre where academics could collaborate with industrialists on the development of new products for the aerospace and automotive industries. The building was officially opened on 8 January 1990 by Margaret Thatcher and its success (and the income generated) allowed WMG to build two further buildings to enable expansion into other areas, including construction, pharmaceuticals, mining, information technology and food and drink.
In 2007, the Group rebranded with the abbreviated title of WMG (instead of Warwick Manufacturing Group) to reflect its move to more diverse activities outside its original manufacturing roots.
WMG is based in six buildings on the University of Warwick campus:
- International Automotive Research Centre
- International Manufacturing Centre
- Engineering Management Building (Westwood campus)
- International Digital Laboratory (completed 2008)
- International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (completed in 2012)
- International Institute for Nanocomposites Manufacturing (completed in 2014)
The Group is currently leading the construction of the new National Automotive Innovation Centre on the University campus.
WMG has strong links in China, where WMG has been engaged since the 1980s, and in India, where it helped establish a technical university.
In 2011, WMG accounted for 30 per cent of the university's research activity and had over 2,500 postgraduate students, 650 studying full-time at Warwick. Just 20 of 450 staff and 10 per cent of its £120 million annual research budget was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Research is organised into a number of research groups covering design, materials, manufacturing, systems and business research. Areas of focus include business innovation, low carbon mobility and healthcare.
Past research programmes have included the Premium Automotive Research and Development (PARD) Programme, the Low Carbon Vehicle Technology Project (LCVTP), the Premium Vehicle Customer Interface Technologies (PVCIT) Centre and the Vehicle Energy Facility.
WMG supports undergraduate engineering courses (in conjunction with the School of Engineering). However, its student population is mainly postgraduate students organised in the following way:
- Full-time masters degrees
- Part-time professional programmes
- Overseas programmes
- PhD and Engineering Doctorate (EngD) programmes
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