Training and CPD

The Ideas Mill                      Post-graduate training courses

The Ideas Mill

Artists impression of the Schuster Annexe

In December 2014 the School of Physics & Astronomy was awarded a HEFCE grant for the development of an annexe building, with matched funding from central University funds.

The new annexe will be ready for the start of the 2017/2018 academic year. It will extend the possibilities for teaching and learning and enhance our world-class research facilities. It is designed to improve the student experience and enhance transferrable skills and employability.

The new building will feature several spaces designed to enhance links with businesses and the local community, including:

  • Incubator space – to help generate start-ups from student and staff research projects;
  • Fabrication laboratory – to enable the production of prototypes, 3D-printed models, etc, of new developments;
  • Careers centre – where employees may come in and engage directly with our students;
  • The Ideas Mill – a central focus to the building, providing a space for industrialists to work with our staff and students in promoting entrepreneurship, collaborative partnerships and new business ideas.

Right now the new building and Ideas Mill are in the design and construction phases, and are due to open in 2017.
Once open, the Ideas Mills will be present various opportunities to business and industrial partners, including:

  • careers events;
  • collaborative research projects;
  • commercialisation activities;
  • entrepreneurship activities;
  • building sponsorship.

Contact us:

If you would like to discuss opportunities or register your interest in participating in events in the Ideas Mill, please contact the School's Technology Translation Fellow,

Dr Alick Deacon
0161 275 4084

Industry-related postgraduate training

The University of Manchester, together with several industrial and academic partners, provides post-graduate training opportunities in the following areas:

Nuclear science and technology

Taught and distance-learning programmes up to MSc level, run by the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC), with involvement from nuclear industry (Atkins, AWE, Devonport Management, Amec Foster Wheeler, NNL, Rolls-Royce, Nuvia, Serco Assurance, Babcock, Urenco), regulators, MoD, NDA, Government Departments and the Cogent Sector Skills Council.

Next Generation Nuclear CDT

An EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in nuclear fission. Industrial partners include Amec Foster Wheeler, Areva, AWE, EDF, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce and Sellafield Ltd.


An EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the science and applications of grapheme and related nanomaterials. Industrial partners include Bluestone Global Tech, Graphenea, Lockheed Martin, Parker, Thales, Hitachi, IBM, Applied Materials, AkzoNobel, BP and DSTL.

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