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30 August 2006 PR 06/97

All systems go for Engineering Doctorate

Loughborough University’s Vice Chancellor will be joined by prestigious guests from industry at the official opening of its Systems Engineering Doctorate Centre (SEDC).

The centre is home to the new Engineering Doctorate in Systems Engineering (EngD), a four-year vocational-oriented doctorate aimed at leading research engineers who want a managerial career in industry.

The SEDC is based at Loughborough University, but takes the form of a consortium comprising the University of Bath, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Leicester and the University of Strathclyde, and is supported by a number of industry organisations. It has been jointly funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industrial sponsorship.

The official opening is taking place on Wednesday, September 20. Attending the event will be senior officers of the University; John O’Reilly, Chief Executive of the EPSRC; Bob Malcolm of ideo Ltd, Chairman of the SEDC Management Committee; and James Baker, Director and General Manager of Technical and Engineering Services, BAE Systems.

Professor Roger Goodall, Director of the SEDC, said: “Loughborough is proud to be leading this multi-university initiative in Systems Engineering, which will make important contributions to the long-term sustainability of the UK’s engineering industry.”

The EngD has been introduced by the EPSRC to offer a radical alternative to the traditional PhD, better suiting the needs of industry by combining formal teaching and training in Systems Engineering with business-related subjects such as project and financial management. Research engineers enrolled on the course will also be placed within a sponsoring company, so the research they conduct will be industry-based rather than purely academic.

The EngD provides graduates with excellent career prospects and offers industry an unparalleled opportunity to engage the services of a high quality engineer in the most cost effective manner.

For more details on the EngD scheme visit

http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/PostgraduateTraining/EngineeringDoctorates/default.htm or


Alternatively call Sharon Henson, Loughborough University’s SEDC Coordinator by calling 01509 227128 or emailing sedc@lboro.ac.uk


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Notes to editors

  1. Members of the media are invited to attend the official opening of the SEDC. Those wishing to attend should contact the Public Relations Office prior to the event for further details.
  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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