Siemens' Steve Leech with Professor Mike Sutcliffe.

Siemens launches new university partnership

Siemens and The University of Manchester have launched a technology partnership designed to help students learn about advanced technologies in the chemical industries sector.

Siemens has supplied the university with industrial technologies that students and local affiliated apprentices will be able to use for their studies. The university has opened a new control room which has been installed with Siemens’ distributed control system, designed to help students learn about advanced process automation and integrated with the university’s pilot plant.

The new suite will dramatically enhance the practical skills required to get a head start in British manufacturing and will form a central part of the chemical engineering courses available at the university. It will also enhance regional R&D capability and capacity, further strengthening the existing partnership between The University of Manchester and Siemens.

“We are very proud to be playing such a leading role in boosting the skills of engineering students,” says Steve Leech, Product Manager Process Automation, Siemens. “By getting directly involved in the education of future engineers we are able to develop the skills industry needs to stay ahead of international competition and hope this tailored automation suite will play a role in enhancing the talent we need.”
 
“For The University of Manchester this is about dramatically enhancing the skills of our students through practical learning opportunities,” continues Professor Mike Sutcliffe, Head of the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. “This technology will help graduates hit the ground running when they join our world-beating chemical industries sector. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Siemens to develop the skills and expertise needed to grow our R&D – essential if we are to further develop the regional and national economy.”

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