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WMG Academy celebrates 'Good' Ofsted rating

WMG Academy students

Students and staff at a Coventry academy are celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ rating in their first ever Ofsted report.

WMG Academy for Young Engineers was praised for its business ethos, teaching standards and student behaviour, as well as its safeguarding and leadership.

The report, released this week, revealed: “Pupils are well prepared for their next stages in education and for life in modern Britain.

“Pupils are confident and articulate; they work well independently and in groups. Many are excited by their studies because they understand the relationship between their lessons and their future careers.”

Fri 28 April 2017, 10:45 | Tags: WMG Academy Education Homepage Article 1

Institute of Corrosion award presented to WMG’s Dr Michael Auinger

Dr Michael AuingerDr Auinger’s paper entitled ‘Grain boundary oxidation in iron-based alloys investigated by O enriched water vapour – The effect of mixed oxides in binary and ternary systems,’ has been awarded the TP Hoar Award 2016, by the Institute of Corrosion.

The award takes its name from Dr Hoar who was the first recipient of the UR Evans Award – the premier scientific award of the Institute of Corrosion. The TP Hoar Award essentially recognises the Best Paper in Corrosion Science amongst engineers and scientists in steels processing.

This award marks a very successful period for Dr Auinger. In September he also received recognition from the European Optical Society (EOS), scooping the prestigious Best Paper Prize 2014-2015.

Wed 26 April 2017, 16:17 | Tags: Steels Processing Michael Auinger Homepage Article 2

PhD researcher sought to help test huge car electrical system that will stretch from Newcastle to London

Battery researchCar battery researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have just bought specialist “Hardware-in-the-Loop” high power computing equipment. This will connect real time high tech battery research testing at the University of Warwick with simultaneous tests on real advanced hybrid electric vehicle components at five other universities. Now WMG are looking to recruit a PhD research student to run the battery test while connecting it to an England wide simultaneous test of a vehicle’s electrical systems.

Ministers announce £4.25 Million funding for battery and autonomous vehicle research at WMG

Electric vehiclesToday, Tuesday 11th April 2017, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Transport Minister John Hayes have announced a range research funding which included total of £4.25 million split between a battery research project and an Autonomous Vehicle research project at WMG at the University of Warwick.

WMG PhD student wins Young Professional of the Year award

Siddartha KhastgirPhD Candidate Siddartha Khastgir has received the prestigious ITS UK national award for Young Professional of the Year in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).

ITS UK is a membership association for the promotion of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). It is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote the benefits of ITS and expand the ITS market in the UK.

Thu 06 April 2017, 16:46 | Tags: Intelligent Vehicles Research Degrees Education Research

Coventry’s Teen Race Team Crowned UK Champions

WMG Academy winnersFour talented teenagers from a Coventry academy have taken the chequered flag after being crowned national champions in a Formula One competition.

Elias Khimasia (15), Eddie Hodierne (17), Abi Hirons (16) and Callum Kennedy (16) – otherwise known as Academy Racing - won the UK championships of the annual F1 in Schools competition at Silverstone.

The four team members, who are all students at WMG Academy for Young Engineers, are now heading to the world championships in Malaysia to compete against teams from 44 countries.

Callum said: “The competition was amazing - a real life changing experience. We have never worked so hard in our lives but it all came good in the end.”

Tue 04 April 2017, 11:06 | Tags: WMG Academy STEM Education

UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre declares Warwick an official Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

Cyber Security research across the University of Warwick has been recognised as an “Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research” (ACE-CSR) by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The recognition was announced today by Ben Gummer MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office.

The Warwick Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research brings together researchers from a number of University of Warwick departments in particular WMG, Politics and International Studies (PAIS), Computer Science, Warwick Business School, and several others.

Chris Ensor, Deputy Director for Cyber Security Skills and Growth at the NCSC, said:

“It’s fantastic to see so many leading universities committed to trailblazing improvements to the UK’s cyber security research, and it is particularly good to see Scotland represented for the first time.

“At the NCSC, we are absolutely committed to maintaining and improving our already strong reputation as a global leader in cutting edge research, and look forward to collaborating with these establishments to make the UK the safest place to live and work online.

“These universities conduct world class cyber security research and this initiative will improve the way academics, government and business work together – benefiting the whole of the country.”

Mon 03 April 2017, 16:54 | Tags: Cyber Security Centre Carsten Maple Research

Opportunity to work with cyber secrets, lasers, exotic materials, intelligent vehicles - as WMG announces 30% expansion in workforce

IINMThe continued success and growth of WMG, at the University of Warwick, now means that it is seeking to hire at least 170 new recruits - a 30% expansion on its current workforce. The search is on to find: engineers, researchers, project managers, data analysts, software developers, and technicians. They will play key roles in a significant number of high tech research projects that have been developed in partnership with a range of companies and research, technology and manufacturing initiatives. The areas of work will include:

  • Energy Storage
  • Intelligent and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Remote Laser Welding
  • Cyber Security
  • Automation Systems
  • Powertrain
  • Experiential Engineering and Design

A recruitment Open Day will be held on Saturday 8 April for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the opportunities.

For details on the roles and how to apply see here, or call WMG HR on 02476522829


Tue 28 March 2017, 15:55 | Tags: Careers

WMG at the heart of innovation

Richard Hill, Head of Sector Automotive & Manufacturing, NatWest, Alison Rose, CEO NatWest Commercial and Private Banking and Archie MacPherson On Wednesday (22 March), our SME Group presented ‘Why Innovation Matters’ to SMEs across the Black Country.

The exclusive invite-only event took place at the NatWest Manufacturing Hub in Wolverhampton with speeches from Alison Rose, CEO of Commercial and Private Banking, and Richard Hill Head of Sector Automotive and Manufacturing at NatWest. Archie MacPherson CEO, WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult and Paul Milne, Innovation Manager in our SME team, represented WMG.

Attendees were given a chance to hear first-hand about our SME Group’s specialist Product Innovation Accelerator Project. The Project is part-funded by the Innovation MattersEuropean Regional Development Fund. It was developed to help manufacturing SMEs, based in Coventry and Warwickshire and the Black Country, develop new products, processes and access new technology through collaboration.



Mon 27 March 2017, 13:14 | Tags: SME HVM Catapult

WMG PhD student receives international acclaim

Kateryna HechuKateryna Hechu, the lead author of a research paper entitled ‘Real-Time Measurement of Contraction Behaviour of Peritectic Steels During Solidification,’ has, along with her co-authors been awarded the prestigious 2017 Jerry Silver Award by The Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST).

AIST represents an international network of steel industry knowledge and expertise. It is a non-profit organisation with 17,500 members from more than 70 countries.

The Jerry Silver award is presented to the author of a process metallurgy or product applications technical paper judged to be the ‘best of class’ by the AIST Metallurgy – Processing, Products and Applications Technology Committee. One of the authors must be a student.

Mon 20 March 2017, 10:27 | Tags: Sridhar Seetharaman Athena Swan Steels Processing Research

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