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University of Birmingham

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. more

Feb 11, 2016 10:01 AM duc pham blog

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

May 26, 2015 2:55 PM duc pham blog

How (Not) to Lead an Organisation

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). more

Apr 10, 2015 2:26 PM Duc Pham's blog

Zen and the Art of Excelling in Research Quality Assessment

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

Mar 6, 2015 4:19 PM Duc Pham's blog

How to Have Our Cake and Eat It

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. more

Dec 14, 2014 2:40 PM Duc Pham's blog

Mechanical Engineering: Better by Design

When meeting prospective students and their parents, I am often asked these two questions: what distinguishes mechanical engineering from other engineering disciplines and what differentiates between our educational offerings and those of our peers. more

Jun 5, 2014 2:26 PM Duc Pham's blog

What do the Lotus, Tony the Estate Agent and Cliff Richard Have in Common?

Earlier this year, I delivered my inaugural lecture in the superb setting of the Manufacturing Engineering Centre in Coventry to an audience of family, friends, colleagues and fellow members of the Royal Academy of Engineering. more

Nov 21, 2013 3:30 PM Duc Pham's blog

Do Cars Have a Soul?

I am really proud that, for a number of years, we have been able to give students in Part 2 of our Mechanical Engineering degree programmes what can only be described as a unique educational experience. more

Aug 6, 2013 3:45 PM Duc Pham's blog

The Mystery of Mastery

While helping me with research for a forthcoming talk on robotics, my research team came across the recent article “Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence” by Adam Gopnik, an American commentator and a staff-writer for The New Yorker. more

Mar 28, 2013 11:46 AM Duc Pham's blog 1 Comments

The Giant Has Awakened

I first visited Wuhan, the capital of Central China’s Hubei Province, in 1986. I was a guest of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), one of the key universities in China. more

Jan 31, 2013 2:31 PM Duc Pham's blog

Herding Tigers

In university management, few tasks are more critical and difficult than academic staff recruitment. A university, like any other organisation, depends on having very good people to succeed. more

Dec 5, 2012 1:49 PM Duc Pham's blog