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The saying ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it’ has become a recurrent theme of the Brexit debate. Although I promise this is not another article about Brexit Read more

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As I am writing this column, hustings are still being held for the leadership of the Conservative Party and the prize that will come with it, namely, the premiership of the UK. Read more

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What will higher education (HE) look like thirty years from now? Recently, in a rare idle moment, I tried to envision the UK’s HE landscape in 2050. Read more

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In case you were not already aware, the UK spent last year celebrating the successes and contributions of engineering. Read more

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Thankfully, it is not very often that I want to copy the other DT. However, on this occasion, I have reluctantly done it. Read more

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I recently accompanied two teams from our Autonomous Remanufacturing Laboratory on an excursion to a local remanufacturing company. Read more

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If you are a professor, be afraid! Be very afraid, for the ‘probot’—or ‘professor robot’—may be about to replace you! Read more

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Yes, no, maybe would be my considered response. Let me clarify. Read more

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Readers of this column might remember an article I wrote a couple of years ago about a systematic creative problem-solving technique invented by the Soviet mechanical engineer Genrich Altshuller Read more

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A few years ago, as part of our Mechanical Engineering degree programme, I started a series of weekly lectures delivered over one semester by different guest speakers from industry. Read more

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Through the good offices of Professor Francesco Jovane, the doyen of the EU Manufuture initiative, I have become involved in two independent and complementary exercises contributing to EU policy on the future of European manufacturing. Read more

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Next week, I will deliver my annual induction talk to our new PhD students, offering them advice on how to succeed in their endeavours. Read more

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One of the first tasks I undertook at my previous institution in the late 1980s was to set up a new postgraduate Masters programme. Read more

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It is a fact that international university students make a major contribution to the UK economy and this country has been attracting more new international students each year than any other host nation. Read more

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We recently moved to a conservation area which, although only a stone throw from the city centre, has an unusually semi-rural character. Read more

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Many years ago, my colleague Professor Peter Hines at Cardiff Business School led a bid to secure funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to establish an Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre. Read more

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I first came across, and instantly took to, the Encyclopaedia Britannica when seeing it on display at a fair in Christchurch, New Zealand, many years ago. Read more

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first publication of Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline, the book that advocates a revolutionary management philosophy and makes the case for creating ‘learning organisations’. Read more

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At an annual dinner of Cardiff University Innovation Network several years ago, the University gave me a special award for my contribution “to innovation and to the links between university and industry”. Read more

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Let me start with apologies for the flippancy of my previous column (“How (not) to lead an organisation”, CMM Vol 8 No 2). Read more

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It is hard to imagine that it has been almost two years since I attended the inaugural meeting of the administrative committee of the International School of Materials Science and Engineering (ISMSE) at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT). Read more

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Readers of this column will remember that the circular economy is a paradigm being considered in the EU-funded Futuring project partnered by our Autonomous Remanufacturing Laboratory and led by colleagues at the University of Patras. Read more

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Believe it or not, this article is about innovation.  However, before talking about innovation, allow me a diversion. Read more

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An email from the University’s Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD) arrived recently about a half-day workshop on a methodology to develop and enhance creative and reflective processes. Read more

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I remember senior colleagues telling me, when I was a young academic, about the golden era of the department. Read more

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Despite having worked for many years in robotics and automation, a field dedicated to replacing human labour by that of machines, I have so far not caused anyone to lose their livelihoods. Read more

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CMM readers not working in UK higher education may not be aware that the government is introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Read more

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Through the good offices of Professor Francesco Jovane, the doyen of the EU Manufuture initiative, I have become involved in two independent and complementary exercises contributing to EU policy on the future of European manufacturing. Read more

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Despite my background being in mechanical engineering, I have been working with computers and electronics for most of my career so far to create systems which one might consider to possess some form of “intelligence.” Read more

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