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19-Sep-2012

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Minister to meet the future of manufacturing

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, will today tour universities in the East Midlands to meet senior research academics and business people developing the science and technologies that can power the next generation of UK manufacturing and help to drive economic growth.

The Minister will spend the first part of his day officially opening and touring the new Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IfAM) at The University of Nottingham. Here he will meet scientists and engineers working in fields such as Additive Manufacturing who have been supported with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

In the afternoon Mr Willetts will join delegates at the EPSRC's Manufacturing the Future conference, taking place at Loughborough University, where he will announce the establishment of 5 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), which are to be funded by grants totalling £14.1 million and based across the UK.

Ahead of his tour Mr Willetts said: "Developing the research base to support the UK's wealth creating industries of tomorrow is essential. I am keen to see what is coming down the line at Nottingham and Loughborough and meet those who are the future of manufacturing. However, to make discoveries, we have to have new explorers and the new Centres for Doctoral Training I will announce today will help supply UK industries with the skilled researchers they need to drive growth."

Professor David Delpy, EPSRC's Chief Executive, said: "The new Institute of Advance Manufacturing will build on our earlier investments in the University of Nottingham, which includes £16 million support for the Nottingham Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre. The new Centres for Doctoral Training will be strategic centres for the next generation of engineers through the EPSRC-funded manufacturing EngD programme."

The new CDTS are as follows:

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For further information:

Richard Tibenham, Media Relations Manager, EPSRC Press Office
T: 01793 444 404 - pressoffice@epsrc.ac.uk

For Nottingham visit contact:

Nick King, Marketing Projects Manager, Business Engagement and Innovation Services, University of Nottingham. T: 0115 82 32184
-nicholas.king@nottingham.ac.uk or Tim Utton, Deputy Director, Communications, University of Nottingham T:0115 846 8092

NOTES TO EDITORS

The Engineering and Physical Sciences research Council (EPSRC) is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800m a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change.

The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via research Councils UK.



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