AME breaks ground on UK 'faculty on factory floor'

Six-month project to create 1,700m2 manufacturing and R&D space

John Lathan (Coventry University), Carol Burke (Unipart Manufacturing Group) and Carl Perrin (institute director).
John Lathan (Coventry University), Carol Burke (Unipart Manufacturing Group) and Carl Perrin (institute director).

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) has broken ground on the construction of the UK’s first dedicated ‘faculty on the factory floor’.

Senior figures from Coventry University and Unipart donned their high-visibility jackets and hard hats to take part in the ceremony at the manufacturing firm’s Beresford Avenue site in Coventry.

It marks the start of a six-month construction project by Lindum Group, which will create a 1,700m2 manufacturing and R&D space for training 40+ undergraduates and postgraduates in the first year.

To mark the ceremony, new institute director Dr Carl Perrin also announced a commitment to spend over £2mn on robotic automation, forming, joining, analysis and simulation, metrology and product verification technology.

“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,” explained Dr Perrin.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of autumn. 

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