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The benefit will extend well beyond Unipart and its supply chain. It will support growth in research and development for a priority sector of the economy, and an increase in graduates to meet the regional and national shortfall in engineers.

The venture is a partnership between Coventry University and Unipart Group through its Unipart Manufacturing Group, UMG. Unipart Group is a highly diversified company with a turnover of £1 billion, and employs over 7,500 people worldwide, but with the majority working in the England.

With a purpose-designed building on Unipart’s site in Coventry, the Institute will deliberately operate in a real-world manufacturing environment. Student projects and joint research programmes will be delivered under industry-quality requirements and timelines.

The Institute seeks to build on the experience of industry collaboration at Lincoln and Liverpool Universities. This will create a new ‘best practice’ model of collaboration between universities and manufacturing industry which is transferable to other HEIs.

The Institute will contribute to the growth of high-value manufacturing in England by:

  • educating industry-ready specialist engineers and operational leaders, using our activity-led learning pedagogy in a ‘live’ manufacturing and problem-solving setting.
  • delivering a plan of low-carbon technology development research projects.

Project information

Catalyst funding £7,900,000
Total project funding £49,404,051 
 Project contact Carl Perrin
Tel 024 7765 9595 
Project website

Page last updated 25 January 2015

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