Excellence in Postgraduate Education: Manufacturing, Materials and Design

Master's Level Apprenticeships, Future Challenges

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 10am – 2pm, Cranfield University, Building 41, SC02

Master's level Apprenticeships offer the opportunity to develop the next generation of manufacturing, materials and design leaders with a mix of academic and vocational qualifications and learning. This higher apprenticeship programme is gaining significant industry engagement as new standards are developed. The quality of the learning and skills development is even more important at the master's level (Level 7).

Identifying suitable provision, assessments and metrics for excellence and quality for postgraduate (level 7) apprenticeships will be challenging.  This timely symposium brings together a range of experts from industry and academia across the fields of manufacturing, materials and design to clarify and explore excellence in postgraduate level apprenticeships. There will be multiple opportunities for focused debate, opportunities to look at suitable course design, addressing business needs and skills development in manufacturing, materials and design, postgraduate education. Participants will share ideas and experiences of excellence in postgraduate apprenticeships as well as being able to influence future direction.

Event Programme

Symposium on
Excellence in Postgraduate Education: Manufacturing, Materials and Design

Theme: Excellence in master's level apprenticeships

09:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00-10:10 Welcome and setting the scene
10:10-10:30 Employer's Perspective
(Richard Hamer, Education and Skills Director, BAE Systems)
10:30-10:50 Industry expectations
(Bernard Molloy, Global Industrial Logistics Director, Unipart Logistics
10:50-11:10 The Institute for Apprenticeships
(Mark Aberdein; Relationship Manager Skills Funding Agency)
11:10-11:30 University Perspective: Cranfield Masterships
(Professor Lynette Ryals, Cranfield University)
11:30-12:00 Break
12:00-13:00 Group discussions:
• Course design for apprenticeships and recommendations;
• Adapting the manufacturing, materials and design postgraduate education ‘road map’
• Trailblazer opportunities
13:00-13:15 Summary, call for actions
13:15-14:00 Lunch and networking

Location and travel details

Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway. There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.
Campus address

College Road
MK43 0AL