2014 - Excellence in Postgraduate Education: Manufacturing, Materials and Design

The Excellence in Postgraduate Education: Manufacturing, Materials and Design 2014 event was held on 8 May. Delivered with Higher Education Academy and Works Management (Media Partner).

Defining and achieving excellence in postgraduate education has received little attention as research surrounding best practice has typically targeted undergraduate education. Experts from across the fields of manufacturing, materials and design postgraduate education discussed what should the ‘best’ postgraduate education look like, and how can excellence in postgraduate teaching, learning and overall student experience be achieved. Findings from this event were published in a postgraduate education report that was presented to Government during the 2014 National Manufacturing Debate.

Download the report: Excellence in Postgraduate Education 2014 Report


2015 - Excellence in Postgraduate Education: Manufacturing, Materials and Design

This symposium brought together a community of experts across the fields of manufacturing, materials and design postgraduate education to define essential attributes and propose routes to achieving excellence in postgraduate education. Participants shared ideas and experiences of existing excellence in postgraduate education.

Short presentations during the day considered existing perspectives from UK and US Universities, business and industry employers and the postgraduate student body with insight from a HEFCE funded postgraduate study project. Participants also explored pertinent aspects of this broad subject in more detail constructing a postgraduate education roadmap for linking the postgraduate education content, business needs and skills development in manufacturing, materials and design. The discussions, findings and outcomes from the event have been captured in the accompanying report presented to Government during the 2015 National Manufacturing Debate.

The presentations from contributors are shared. Please do not use without full acknowledgement or permission of the authors.

Download the report: Excellence in Postgraduate Education 2015 Report


2016 - Excellence in Postgraduate Education: Manufacturing, Materials and Design


This symposium will bring together a community of experts across the fields of manufacturing, materials and design postgraduate education to define essential attributes and propose routes to achieving excellence in postgraduate education.

Partnerships for Excellence in Postgraduate Education, 2016 report