The EngD impact - key findings published

(26 November 2013) - The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) postgraduate qualification has made a profound difference to the career prospects of enrolled researchers, and delivered tangible benefits to industrial sponsors including new knowledge, products, processes and patents. The key findings of research funded by the EPSRC and the Association of Engineering Doctorates and undertaken by Manchester Business School were presented at the AEngD national conference in London today.

The six-month pilot study, led by Dr Fumi Kitagawa, lecturer in enterprise studies at Manchester Business School, aimed to understand the various forms of impact which EngD programmes have made over the years on both research engineers and their industry sponsors.

The study identified five main areas of impact:

An executive summary of the research is available for download. The full study, currently being finalised, will be available shortly.

During the study undertaken from April to October 2013, the project team developed a conceptual framework to define and understand the 'impact' of EngDs. Using this 'evaluative map', it collected evidence to demonstrate various forms of impacts, interviewing Centre directors and managers, REs, alumni and industry sponsors, and researching materials and publications provided by the IDCs/EngD centres.

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