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Times Higher Education
11 March 2015
Leading universities should work with employers to develop apprenticeships linked to cutting-edge research which would drive economic growth in high-skilled industries such as aerospace, nuclear energy and automotive manufacturing. According to the report published on 11 March, “The Future of Higher Vocational Education”, this would entail a rethinking of leading universities’ admissions criteria, to recognise the potential of students holding BTEC qualifications. It would also necessitate a change in teaching methods, with an emphasis on lab-based teaching, mentoring, projects and work placements.
Keynote Speech at Insider Spark Event, Birmingham, UK
22 January 2010
How do we bolster the links between universities and industry?
Today the connections are there but nowhere near strong enough. Despite the presence of outstanding research in our universities, only 1% of British businesses say universities are of “high importance” as a source of innovation. This has serious implications for our future.
When I served as a young apprentice at Lucas Industries, the Birmingham group was a world leader. Yet a lack of investment in innovation meant Lucas was very quickly overtaken by emerging companies from Germany and Japan. They are now global giants. Lucas no longer exists.
So just like universities themselves, British business needs to change. Business leaders need to recognise the value that research adds to their business. Managers need to understand that their future growth can come only through the development and exploitation of new ideas. We need to make sure that managers and researchers are given the chance to research, to learn and expand their horizons as part of their career growth.
The University of Warwick was pleased to welcome the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, to the University to visit WMG. As part of their IMC tour the Prime Minister and Chancellor were shown one of the world’s most adaptable and advanced driving simulators, the 3xD Simulator.
The 3xD Simulator is the only of its kind designed specifically to test real-world robustness and usability of smart, connected and autonomous vehicle technology and it will be the centre piece of the Virtual Reality Centre in the National Automotive Innovation Centre.
2015 Honorary Freedom of the City of Coventryin recognition of his impact on the City of Coventry2015 Lifetime Business Achievement Awardpresented by the Coventry Telegraph for contribution and the key role he has played in enhancing the region’s long-standing reputation for research and innovation in the automotive sector2015 Honorary DoctorateDoctor of Laws awarded by Monash University in Australia in recognition of his work to reinvigorate global manufacturing and advising industry and international governments
2014 Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)For his contribution to engineering research and education2014 City of Coventry Award of MeritFor outstanding personal achievement in raising the status of UK engineering and manufacturing and for his service to the promotion of the University of Warwick and the City of Coventry
2013 Honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.)Awarded by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar, presented by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee
2011 Honorary MembershipAwarded by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for his ability and stature, plus contribution of his substantial skills and talent to accomplish the goals of society
2008 Honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.)Awarded by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
2005 IMechEFellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers2005 The Duncan Davies MedalAwarded by The Research and Development Society for outstanding contribution to research and development in the UK
2004 Honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.)Awarded by the University of Birmingham2004 Fellow of the Royal Society of ArtsFellow of the Royal Society of Arts2004 Life peerage, UK House of LordsCreated Baron Bhattacharyya of Moseley in the County of the West Midlands and entered UK House of Lords2004 The Asian Guild AwardFor outstanding contribution to science and technology
2003 Member of the International Academy of Technological CyberneticsMember of the International Academy of Technological Cybernetics2003 Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)Awarded by Hong Kong Polytechnic University2003 Knight Bachelor (KT)Award of Knight Bachelor for services to Higher Education and Industry in the Queen's Birthday Honours
2002 Padma BhushanAwarded by the President of India for services to Science and Technology
1999 Fellow, National Academy of Engineering (India)Fellow, National Academy of Engineering (India)1999 Fellow, World Academy of Productivity SciencesFellow, World Academy of Productivity Sciences1999 Sir Robert Lawrence AwardAwarded by the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport for services to Logistics
1998 Honorary FellowshipAwarded by the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport1998 Mensforth International Gold MedalAwarded by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now Institution of Engineering and Technology) for outstanding international contribution to manufacturing, engineering and management
1997 Honorary Doctorate of Science (D.Sc.)Awarded by University of Technology, Malaysia1997 Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)Awarded CBE for services to Industry and Technology
1996 Founding Honorary Fellow, Institute of LogisticsFounding Honorary Fellow, Institute of Logistics1996 Companion of the Chartered Management InstituteCompanion of the Chartered Management Institute
1994 Honorary ProfessorshipAwarded by the Ministry of Machinery, Beijing, China
1993 Honorary ProfessorshipAwarded by University of Technology, Malaysia
1992 Honorary ProfessorshipAwarded by Hong Kong Polytechnic University1992 Doctor of the University (D.Univ.)Awarded by the University of Surrey
1991 Fellow of the Royal Academy of EngineeringFellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
1975 Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and TechnologyFellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology
Prime Minister Theresa May MP and Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond MP visit WMG
Margot James MP with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, September 2016
Mr Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*STAR in Singapore receives honorary doctorate from University of Warwick, July 2016
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya with Theresa May MP, (now UK Prime Minister), June 2016
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya with Lucy Powell MP, former Shadow Secretary of State for Education
Sajid Javid, former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, officially opens WMG's Energy Innovation Centre
BIS Director General for Science and Business Gareth Davies with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya
His Excellency Diego Gómez Pickering, the Mexican Ambassador to the UK, with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, March 2016
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya with Angela Eagle MP (former Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills) and Dr Andy Palmer (CEO, Aston Martin Lagonda)
His Excellency Dr Rizal Sukma, Indonesian Ambassador to the UK, with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, March 2016
Prof Lord Bhattacharyya with Prof Ravi Kant, Former Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Tata Motors
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal with Professor Lord Bhattacharyya at WMG, October 2015
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya and Mr Ratan Tata at the Honorary Freemans ceremony, Sept 2015
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya presented with the first National Rainbow Bridge Award Beijing, China – October 2015
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya with Peter Szabadhegy Hungarian Ambassador UK at WMG, Sept 2015
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya with Dr Alan Finkel AO (Chancellor) and Professor Margaret Gardner AO (Vice Chancellor) of Monash University
Dame Asha Kemka, Principal & Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College, visits WMG with Andrew Martin (Deputy Principal) and Brian Malyan (Head of Engineering)
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya with Andris Teikmanis, Ambassador of Latvia to the UK
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya with the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia, Mr Jovan Donev
Dr Ralf Speth, Mr Cyrus Mistry, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya and Mr Ratan Tata at the NAIC Foundation Stone Ceremony, March 2015