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IDC in Systems

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The Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems (2006 - current) and its precursor EngD in Systems Centre (2006-2009) are built on the following key principles:

  • Its vision is driven by stakeholders needs defined approach, applied to research, training and learning;
  • Its purpose is to deliver industrially relevant research and commercially successful innovation and to develop tomorrow’s leaders: creative and innovative, rigorous Systems thinkers, collaborative and holistic, efficient and effective; reflective independent learners
  • Its ethos is ‘Learning together

Supported by 50 companies in the UK, the IDC in Systems is the centre of Excellence in teaching and Management as recognised by EPSRC at its review in 2011.

The key integrated areas of training at the IDC in Systems are:

  1. High quality EngD research programme - methodologically rigorous, intellectually challenging and innovative, industry based research, focused on application of Systems approaches to complex engineering problems, products,  projects and processes.
  2. The Master – level Taught Programme includes 9 mandatory Units, covering modern topics of problem structuring and research methods for industry based projects, socio- technical systems modelling, systems engineering, novel approaches to innovation and enterprise and leadership and change management. 
  3. Personal and Professional Development Programme provides range of skills training courses, focused on areas of creative problem solving, facilitative leadership, conflict management and resolution skills, skills for qualitative research. The programme also includes a range of creative extra curriculum activities in outreach and public engagement. These activities unlock creative talents and  channel REs creativity to communicate complex ideas and concepts of engineering research to diverse demographic and non -specialist audiences.

In 2012-13 the IDC in Systems established a solid foundation of the formally approved Initial Professional Development (IPD) scheme. The IPD Scheme is a monitoring framework for high calibre EngD researchers in collaboration with industrial partners to develop professional engineer competencies in accordance with UK SPEC and to achieve Chartered Engineer registration in parallel with EngD. Our IPD scheme is now approved by Institution of Civil Engineers, and on track to be approved by IMechE and IET in the near future.

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