About the IDC in Systems

IDC montageIn early 2006 the University of Bristol, in collaboration with the University of Bath, was awarded £3.4M EPSRC funding to set up the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Centre in Systems. The Centre received an immediate high level of interest both from companies and potential Research Engineers (REs). In its first three years of operation, 31 EngD projects were established, across the full range of disciplines, sponsored by more than 20 different companies. Our industrial partners have been enthusiastic and proactive participants in the Centre, a factor that has contributed strongly to its success.

In April 2009 the Centre was awarded a further £5.3M from EPSRC to establish a new Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Systems. The first year (2009-2010) of the IDC has brought on board a further 18 REs – the highest rate of recruitment across all IDCs in the UK, and a strong indicator that the IDC in Systems, as with its predecessor EngD Centre in Systems, is truly meeting industrial needs for holistic Systems Engineers, for which there is a substantial unsatisfied demand.

Each of Bristol and Bath Universities is pursuing an integrated strategy to establish itself as an internationally competitive, research-intensive university, committed to the transfer of knowledge and the provision of a world-class education. One of the key elements of this strategy is to expand and enhance postgraduate education and research activity. The IDC in Systems, hosted by the Systems Centre at the University of Bristol, is a flagship for this development.

The Universities, industry partners and many professional engineers have invested significantly in the Centre. The ‘learning’ that is emerging is influencing Faculty strategies and, in turn, postgraduate and undergraduate education.