WORK is underway on what has been dubbed the UK’s first faculty on the factory floor.
Senior figures from Coventry University and Unipart were at a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of their £32million Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering on Beresford Avenue.
It marks the start of a six-month construction project which will create a state-of the-art manufacturing, and research and development centre to training over 40 undergraduates and postgraduates in the first year.
Director Dr Carl Perrin also announced a commitment to spend over £2m on robotic automation, forming, joining, analysis and simulation, metrology and product verification technology.
He said: “AME is set to pioneer a new higher education model for manufacturing degrees, offering a blend of innovative activity-led teaching, product development and research to create a unique learning environment.
“Our dedicated facility is absolutely key to this and a lot of time has been taken in shaping the design and layout to ensure we create a world class manufacturing and engineering environment that inspires the next generation of engineers.”
We reported in October how the joint project between Coventry University and Unipart aimed at developing the next generation of highly skilled, specialist engineers by providing students with direct access to Unipart’s operations, allowing them to work on real issues.