The Faculty of Computer Science and Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing will transition into one new Faculty of Technology, with Professor Alastair Irons as Academic Dean. This transition began on 1 April and will complete by 31 August.
Siobhan Devlin the Head of the School of Computer Science and Dr Rebecca Chandy is Head of the School of Engineering. A new Director of Research and Industry Engagement is being appointed to lead the Faculty of Technology’s research agenda and major projects including the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Advanced Manufacturing (CESAM) and the Institute of Coding.
Professor Michael Young, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, commented: “Merging two small faculties and the Institute for Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP) into one entity will enable the University to present a unified, strategic and sector-leading position in the delivery of technology-related courses, industry engagement and research development.
“My congratulations go to Professor Alastair Irons who will bring his extensive experience to the role, including his research expertise, his membership of industry groups such as DYNAMO, his successful alliances with industry partners and collaborative programme development.”
Professor Alastair Irons said: “The new Faculty of Technology will open opportunities for collaborative research internally and externally as well as expand our work with industry partners. Bringing together the two faculties into one will marry the digital and manufacturing agendas - linking what we do to the objectives in the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
“I’m excited about the opportunities the new Faculty will create - to grow our undergraduate, postgraduate and international recruitment, develop our global links with our transnational education partners and to build our research income.”
The Faculty of Technology will be based in Goldman on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. Plans are in place to redevelop and update the space to meet the needs of students and staff.
The merger will:
- create a regionally and nationally recognised centre of excellence in technology that is aligned to the local and national skills agenda and the Government’s Industrial Strategy
- meet economic, industrial and research-led agendas by developing an integrated approach across technology-led subjects - including Industry 4.0; automotive and advanced manufacturing; digital skills; cybersecurity; artificial intelligence; data science; and robotics
- provide representative leadership in external engagement activities for research and innovation and strategic TNE development
- facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration within the Faculty
- ensure all industry and SME engagement and services are integrated with the Faculty’s academic offer, to the benefit of students
Professor Irons concluded: “There are many positive opportunities for collaboration between the Schools and we need the building to encourage that cross discipline exploration and shared endeavour.
“In one larger faculty we can better align management and governance to focus resources where we really need them - to support the learning and experience of our expanding student numbers as well as to grow our industry engagement and research.
“The excitement is in the space where engineering meets computer science - that’s where the innovation is, that’s where businesses, particularly in this region, needs our University’s focus. The ambition is to equip our graduates and academics with the skills and knowledge to find solutions to industry challenges - including robotics, the internet of things and computer engineering. This is a very positive step forward for our University.”