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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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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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Recently, the Times Higher Education magazine featured an article on how to lead a university (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/how-to-lead-a-university-a-beginners-guide/2018804.article). Read more

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Surely, one of the most-often uttered words at UK universities last December must have been “REF”. Read more

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I am struggling to find the time to write my CMM column — I have been preoccupied with preparing to appear in front of a research grant-awarding panel to try and convince them to fund one of my pet projects. Read more

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On my second visit to Wuhan University of Technology, my ever-generous host kindly gave me a leather-bound copy of a translation of Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’. Read more

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