Working with industry

We work closely with a range of partners to ensure that our research and teaching meet the needs of industry.

Dr Payam Soulatiantork with the FESTO cyberphysical lab

Our long-standing and excellent reputation allows us to develop strong links with industry and create partnerships for research collaboration.

You can get involved by becoming a research partner, joining the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB), or volunteering at one of our events.

Industrial Advisory Board

The Industrial Advisory Board advises the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering to ensure students are graduating with the latest knowledge and skills needed by employers and advise on where it can help develop research to be used in industry. 

Industrial Advisory Board members (External)
Ian Gardner (IAB Chair) IBM
David Ramsay Harra Airbus
Cansu Kandemir AMRC
Stephen Bird Caterpillar
Nadim Anwar EDF Energy
Mark Haigh Insspec Solutions
Iain Wallace ITP Aero
Will Stuart Jaguar Land Rover
Coorous Mohtadi MathWorks
Martina Sciola MathWorks
Mike Croucher MathWorks
Nick Warrington PA Consulting
Paul Karam Quanser
Matt Morton Qinetiq 
Andrew Atkins Ricardo plc
Jonathan Buck Riverside Automation
Ian Shaw Riverside Automation
Derek Wall Rolls-Royce Plc
David Moss Siemens
Ian Donald Siemens
Tarun Singhal Sopra Steria
Paul Wheway Thales UK
Adam Heenan ZF Conekt
Industrial Advisory Board members (Internal)
Dr Jonathan Aitken University Teacher in Robotics
Dawn Aykroyd PA to Head of Department
Dr Tara Baldacchino University Teacher
Imogen Barton Departmental Administration Manager
Professor Daniel Coca Head of Department
Rebecca Fieldsend PA to Head of Department (Maternity Leave)
Dr Roderich Gross Director of Learning and Teaching
Professor Keith Jackson Professor in Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
Alberto Manni Departmental Technical Manager
Dr Andy Mills Senior Research Fellow (University Technology Centre)
Dr John Oyekan Lecturer in Digital Manufacturing
Dr Payam Soulataintork University Teacher in Industrial Automation
Professor Ashutosh Tiwari Airbus / RA Eng Research Chair in Digitisation for Manufacturing

Valuable research contracts

In the last five years we have secured 131 researched grants worth over £19m, which our academic staff, research staff and PhD students have worked with industrial and academic partners to accomplish.

Research knowledge and transfer

We have extensive experience of working with companies of all sizes from micro-SMEs through to large multinationals. In all cases we harness our state-of-the-art expertise, technology, and insight to help you gain the competitive edge. We aim to establish long-term strategic partnerships allowing us to benefit all parts of your business from research and design and manufacturing through to talent acquisition.

We have extensive experience of attracting funding from a broad range of sources including Research Councils UK (RCUK), the European Commission, Innovate UK, and national charities. Alternatively, collaborations can be partly-or wholly-funded by industry.

Student projects and placements

The department runs a year in industry option on all of our undergraduate courses in which students normally spend their penultimate year putting their skills into practice within an industrial context.

We also offer industry placements to our MSc Advanced Control and Systems Engineering students, which means they receive all of the academic advantages of our one-year standard MSc with the added benefit of an industry placement.

These both provide excellent opportunities to access a pool of highly talented and enthusiastic undergraduate and MSc students.

You also have the opportunity to part or fully-fund a PhD student to work on longer-term, innovation challenges based on your company’s needs.

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Research Excellence Framework 2021 results

The results demonstrate our research and impact excellence across a broad range of disciplines and confirm that our research is having a significant positive impact on lives across the globe.