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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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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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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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