SPECIFIC aims to create coatings that generate, store and release energy. This non trivial problem requires highly trained individuals who have a deep understanding of the scientific and engineering principles that govern this field. Training and education is therefore one of the critical activities of the centre. As the centre delivers its aims of creating a new industry around sustainable coatings, training will be required at all levels, from the basic level short courses up to doctorate with everything in between. To deliver these ambitious aims, a suite of training programmes has been developed which collectively is called the Materials Academy.
The Materials Academy has been created to provide training from the factory floor through degrees to postgraduate level training. The aim is to further expertise in materials that is critical to Welsh and UK industry. The academy allows people to enter and exit at all levels of the Triangle of Training providing maximum flexibility for students, employees and employers.
Established in 1920 and ranked as 8th in the UK for Engineering, Swansea University has a long history of providing 5 star rated teaching for engineering students. Its established links with industry and accredited degrees in a variety of disciplines make Swansea University one of the top places in the UK to study engineering.
The Materials Education Training and Learning Project (METaL) is a unique workplace-based project offering materials and metallurgy training. METaL is part of the Work Based Learning Programme (WBL) funded by the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Government. Fully and partially funded METaL courses are available to industry and businesses throughout the Welsh Convergence area.
The Centre Of Advanced Training for Engineering Doctorates (COATED) is joint funded by EPSRC and WEFO and provides funding to recruit EngD students. The EngD is a PhD level qualification that involves a taught component and a large, 4 year research project defined by industry. The Steel Training Research and Innovation Partnership (STRIP) funds MRes places. The MRes is a one year research Masters qualification involving taught courses and a 10 month research project defined by the partnering company.
Materials Live! is funded by the Welsh Government and HEFCW. This project develops and performs outreach activities at schools, science fairs and public events to promote and generate interest in Materials Science to encourage future generations of talent into the discipline.
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