at Durham University School of Engineering and Computing Sciences
Industrial Problem Solving, design project work and lectures
Industry Practice Research
Mutual projects including KTP, PhD or summer placements
Graduate recruitment opportunities for Engineers and Computing Scientists
Industrial Partnership Committee
Despite the current global financial climate, engineering and information technology companies continue to show a strong interest in our graduates.
In fact, as Chairman of the School’s Industrial Partnership Committee, it is particularly pleasing to see an increasing number of internationally leading companies contacting me regarding opportunities to nurture long term strategic partnerships within the School.
Purpose – The Industrial Partnership Committee meets each quarter with the purpose of developing and nurturing strong industrial links with world class engineering and information technology companies. The work of the Committee makes a significant and crucial contribution to the implementation of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences’ strategy.
Aims – In fulfilling its purpose, the Industrial Partnership Committee has the following aims:
To ensure that up to date industrial perspectives are reflected in all taught courses To ensure that students are given the best possible opportunities in terms of industrial placements and graduate employment.
To ensure that a significant proportion of the research carried out in the school is relevant to industry and is carried out in collaboration with industry. To provide the School’s academics with contacts and targeted opportunities for collaboration and funding from Industry.
To make a contribution to raising funds for improving laboratory teaching and research equipment.
To provide its industrial members with collaborative opportunities ranging from final year projects and design projects through to long term research partnerships.
To provide its industrial partners with an insight into the latest research findings relevant to their core business and beyond.
Simon Hogg,Chair of IPC
Industrial Problem Solving
The Industrial Problem Solving module is a unique and practical two week course for third year Engineering Students at Durham University. The module complements already acquired knowledge in manufacturing, maths, applied mechanics, electronics, electrical engineering and IT.
The focus during the taught part of the module is on problem-solving techniques such as: Value Stream Analysis; Design for Assembly; Voice of the Customer; Finite Elements Analysis; the use of fundamental quality tools. A further, key emphasis of this module’s teaching is to give the students investigative skills in getting data and beginning to make it talk! During the second week of the Industrial Problem Solving course the students work on a “live” project with a local company in the North East. At the end the students will present their findings verbally to the host company before leaving and writing up their university report.
All IPS projects are carried out on your company’s premises by a pair of students. This increases the resilience of the students and minimises the involvement of company staff. The students operate in pairs so that they can bounce ideas off each other and hence require little ‘minding’ in order to deliver the results. There is no charge. Travel costs are also covered by Durham University.
Would your business be interested in providing a topic for our free IPS placement projects?
The following exemplary list gives you an impression of topics that have been covered in the past: Manufacturing Topics • Assessment of machine or section utilisation • The processing of a sales order • The function of a supervisor/team leader • Planned vs actual service deliveries • Stock discrepancies in a component store • Machine tool inventory • Use of mains water • Audit of scrap • Factory tour routings • Design for Assembly review on a product • Competitor analysis and comparison • Value analysis of a product • 3D stress analysis for critical points of products or material reduction • 3D solid modelling to identify standardisation of components • Customer needs analysis