AME Honouring manufacturing partnership in higher education
UK – The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
Celebrating excellence, innovation and public benefit in work carried out by colleges and universities, the accolade, granted by the Queen every two years, is the highest national honour awarded in UK further and higher education. It is committed to developing industry-ready graduates by giving them direct access to real-life engineering projects.
AME, also commonly known as UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’, is a joint collaboration of Coventry University and Unipart Manufacturing, located at the manufacturer's site in Coventry. Here, over 200 students have completed or are working towards their degrees, utilising the latest robotics, automation and welding technology. AME also has a team of technology specialists and professors working together to develop new power-train and energy-transfer solutions for the automotive, renewables and aerospace sectors. This has included over £10m of funded projects, among them, a Unipart-completed, new fuel rail project for the Ford Fox engine and the production of a lightweight exhaust system for Aston Martin.
AME Director Professor Carl Perrin said: “Unipart Manufacturing Group and Coventry University share the same passion for developing young people so they can have an immediate positive impact in the industry.” He added that when the concept of AME was initiated, it was unproven and something completely different. Now, it does show that academia and manufacturing can work together, understanding each side's strengths and the mutual benefits that can be achieved combining the two.
Professor John Latham CBE, Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, noted: “Collaborative partnerships between universities and businesses are critical in promoting innovation and supporting modern-day industry. The prize is testimony to our strong focus on employability and underpins our long-term commitment to producing industry-ready graduates.”