Crucible Project Toolkit

Welcome to the EPC’s Crucible Project toolkit. Here you will find EPC’s landmark project supporting university and industry collaboration in engineering by showcasing and sharing the keys to success.

The Crucible Project was inspired by the EPC’s landmark 2020 Annual Congress, Industry and Academia: Supercharging the Crucible, which highlighted five areas of mutual interest. This toolkit includes case studies from a wide range of HE institutions and industry partners, focussing on these five themes which can all be accessed via the links below:

Universities' and businesses' shared role in regional development

This section lists all the case studies that come under the Universities’ and Businesses’ Shared Role in Regional Development theme, one of the five themes identified during the EPC’s landmark 2020 Annual Congress, “Industry & Academia: Supercharging the Crucible”, from a wide range of HE providers and industry partners:

Case Study Title Other Themes/Keywords Authors
Driving Innovation to Decarbonise a City Region: Greater Manchester Energy Innovation Agency Decarbonisation, Local Energy, Skills, Economic
Growth
Amer Gaffar, Dr Ian Madley, Prof Bamidele Adebisi
Newcastle University and brightening the future for the North East Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning,
Knowledge exchange, Research, Graduate employability and recruitment, Electrification, Collaboration Skills, Newcastle
Prof Matt Boyle OBE
Maximising Benefits of Regional Development Funding to Companies, Academics, and Students Knowledge Exchange, Regional Development Funding, Innovation Enterprise Zone Prof Tony Dodd, Marek Hornak and Rachel Wood
Staying Local to Go Far: Supporting Regional Development through Collaborations with Global Reach Skills, Research, Innovation, Collaboration, Biopharma, Healthcare Dr Mark Corbett, Prof John S. Young and Prof Vikki Rand
Industrial Digitalisation MSc Students Supporting Regional Development Graduate employability and recruitment, PrintCity, industrial digitalisation, 3D printing Peter Gough and Prof Craig Banks
Educating engineers to contribute to a regional goal of net zero carbon emissions
by 2030
Education for Sustainable Development, Climate
Emergency, Net Zero, Sustainable Development Goals
Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers
Partnership Approaches in a New, Engineering-Focussed HEI Knowledge exchange, Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Challenge-based Learning, Timber Technology, Levelling-up, Skills, Future of Work Ben Ricketts, Prof Beverley Gibbs and Harriet Dearden
Using an Innovation Standard Framework to Drive Knowledge Exchange Growth, Value and Impact Knowledge exchange, Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Research, Innovation Benchmarking, Innovation Portfolios, Innovation-driven Leadership, ISO 56002, Industrial Collaboration, Growth Prof Sa’ad Sam Medhat
Sheffield Innovation Programme Knowledge exchange, Research, Graduate employability and recruitment, Innovation, SMEs Alex Prince and Prof Wayne Cranton
Stimulating Growth of an SME to Support Railway Infrastructure Knowledge exchange, Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Graduate employability and recruitment, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Design and Innovation, Student Projects, Railway Infrastructure Prof Simon Barrans,
Harvey Kangley, Greg
Jones and Mark Newton

Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning

This section lists all the case studies that come under the Collaborating with Industry for Teaching and Learning theme, one of the five themes identified during the EPC’s landmark 2020 Annual Congress, “Industry & Academia: Supercharging the Crucible”, from a wide range of HE providers and industry partners:

Case Study Title Other Themes/Keywords Authors
Revising Approaches for a Joined Up Methodology Knowledge exchange, Graduate employability
and recruitment, Industry, Engineering
Education, Authenticity, Collaboration
Dr Gareth Thomson, Dr Jakub
Sacharkzuk
and Paul Gretton
An Industry-Student Mentoring Scheme 2010-2022 Mentors, Mentees, Civil Engineering Dr Mike Murray
Connected Curriculum: Partnering Academia and Industry Knowledge exchange, Research, Graduate
employability and recruitment, Digitalisation,
Partnership, Collaboration, Network
Steve Jones, Associate Prof
David Hughes,
Prof Ion Sucala,
Dr Aris Alexoulis and
Dr Martino Luis
Importance of Industrial Advisory Boards IET, Industrial Advisory Boards Dr Carl Diver and
Jake Godfrey
Stimulating Growth of an SME
to Support Railway Infrastructure
Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in
regional development, Knowledge exchange, Graduate employability and recruitment, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Design and Innovation, Student Projects, Railway
Infrastructure
Prof Simon Barrans,
Harvey Kangley, Greg
Jones and Mark Newton
Successful Industry-Academia Collaboration in Design, Delivery,
and Assessment of WBL Engineering Degree Apprenticeship Programmes at Aston University
WBL, Degree Apprenticeship, Engineering Dr Goudarz Poursharif,
Dr Panos Doss and
Bill Glew
Video interviews of engineers
in industry for use by staff and students in Engineering Business modules
Industry, Interview, Video, Real Life, Engineers Prof Lucy Rogers and
Petra Gratton
Metaverse in Education – a partnership between University of Glasgow and EON Reality Mixed Reality, Virtual Reality, Augmented
Reality, Metaverse
Dr Sajjad Hussain, Dr
Hasan T Abbas, Dr
Qammer H Abbasi,
Prof Muhammad Imran, Mark Cullens, Marcin Kasica and Dr Renah Wolzinger
Bridging the gap between academic and employing organisations in an ever-changing world Academia, Industry Ian Hobson and
Dr Vasilios Samaras
Putting Theory into Practice Applying Lean Techniques Andrew Thorn
Guest Lectures: Stakeholder Insights to Enhance the
Student Experience and Foster Industry-Academia Partnerships
Guest lectures, Guest speakers Dr Robert Mayer
Emergency Shelter Digital Design Project, A UCL /
Multiplex Collaboration
Graduate employability and recruitment,
Civil Engineering Design, Building Information Modelling, BIM, Digital Engineering, Industry, Collaboration
James Ford
Notre Dame Cathedral Roof Design Project, A UCL /
ARUP Collaboration
Graduate employability and recruitment,
Civil Engineering Design, Timber Design,
Industry, Collaboration
James Ford
Timber Technology Engineering and Design (TED) – an educational approach for
future built environment delivery
Knowledge exchange, Timber, Built Environment, Collaboration, New Educational Model Prof Robert Hairstans, Dr Mila Duncheva, Dr Kenneth Leitch, Dr Andrew Livingston, Kirsty Connell-Skinner and Tabitha Binding
Improving User Experience Skills in Health Informatics in Wales Knowledge exchange, Knowledge transfer, User Experience, Data Visualisation, Health Informatics Associate Prof Nik Whitehead, Prof Wendy Dearing and Prof Ian Wells
Inclusive Innovation: Harnessing Industrial and Academic Research Collaboration for Solving Industry
Problems
Knowledge exchange, Research, Digital Twin, Model Driven Engineering, Inclusive Innovation Prof Balbir Barn, Prof Tony Clark, Vinay Kulkarni and Dr Souvik Barat
Development of an Authentic Writing Activity with Industry Graduate employability and recruitment, Authentic Learning Dr Becky Selwyn, David Pullinger and Dr Irene Renaud-Assemat
Partnership Approaches in a New, Engineering-Focussed HEI Knowledge exchange, Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Challenge-based Learning, Timber Technology, Levelling-up, Skills, Future of Work Ben Ricketts (NMITE), Prof Beverley Gibbs (NMITE) and Harriet Dearden (NMITE)
E21 – ‘Engineering the Future’ at the University of Exeter with a USP of Entrepreneurship and collaboration with Royal Society Entrepreneurs in Residence Graduate employability and recruitment, Knowledge exchange, Gold Standard Project Based Learning, EntreComp, 21st Century Skills, Entrepreneur in Residence, Collaboration Dr Corrina Cory, Nick Russill and Prof Steve Senior
Newcastle University and brightening the future for the North East Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Knowledge exchange, Research, Graduate employability and recruitment, Electrification, Collaboration Skills, Newcastle Prof Matt Boyle OBE
Using an Innovation Standard Framework to Drive Knowledge Exchange Growth, Value and Impact Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Knowledge exchange, Research, Graduate employability and recruitment Innovation Benchmarking, Innovation Portfolios, Innovation-driven Leadership, ISO 56002, Industrial Collaboration, Growth Prof Sa’ad Sam Medhat
Re-engineering Education: Pushing the boundaries of Academic-Industrial Partnerships Graduate employability and recruitment, Partnerships, Academic, Industry Bob Tricklebank and Sue Parr
Industry and Engineering Academics – Collaboration Starts with Discovery Knowledge exchange, Industry, Academic Expertise, Collaboration, Commercial Engagement, Content, Search, Discovery, Innovation, Invention Deanne Taenzer and Kendra Gerlach
Scholarship, Synergy & Transformational Change: Using Research to Inform Strategy at a Time of Uncertainty Research, Graduate employability and recruitment, Transformational Change, Industry-Education Partnerships, Educational Research, Scholarship Associate Prof Graeme Knowles, Dr Jane Andrews and Professor Robin Clark
Knowledge exchange

This section lists all the case studies that come under the Knowledge Exchange theme, one of the five themes identified during the EPC’s landmark 2020 Annual Congress, “Industry & Academia: Supercharging the Crucible”, from a wide range of HE providers and industry partners:

Case Study Title Other Themes/Keywords Authors
Partnership approaches in a new, engineering-focussed
HEI
Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Challenge-based Learning, Timber Technology, Levelling-up, Skills, Future of Work Ben Ricketts, Prof Beverley Gibbs and Harriet Dearden
Using an Innovation Standard Framework to Drive Knowledge Exchange Growth, Value and Impact Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Research, Innovation Benchmarking, Innovation Portfolios, Innovation-driven Leadership, ISO 56002, Industrial Collaboration, Growth Prof Sa’ad Sam Medhat
Auxetic Materials and Tennis Rackets Sport, Tennis, Material, Auxetic, Mechanics Dr Tom Allen, Prof Andy Alderson and Dr Stefan Mohr
Sheffield Innovation Programme Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Research, Graduate employability and recruitment, Innovation, SMEs Alex Prince and Prof Wayne Cranton
Industry and Engineering Academics – Collaboration Starts with Discovery Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Industry, Academic Expertise, Collaboration, Knowledge Exchange, Commercial Engagement, Content, Search, Discovery, Innovation, Invention Deanne Taenzer and Kendra Gerlach
Timber Technology Engineering and Design (TED) – an educational approach for
future built environment delivery
Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Timber, Built Environment, Collaboration, New Educational Model Prof Robert Hairstans, Dr Mila Duncheva, Dr Kenneth Leitch, Dr Andrew Livingston, Kirsty Connell-Skinner and Tabitha Binding
Improving User Experience Skills in Health Informatics in Wales Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Research, Knowledge transfer, User Experience, Data Visualisation, Health Informatics Associate Prof Nik Whitehead, Prof Wendy Dearing and Prof Ian Wells
Inclusive Innovation: Harnessing Industrial and Academic Research Collaboration for Solving Industry Problems Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Digital Twin, Model Driven Engineering, Inclusive Innovation Prof Balbir Barn, Prof Tony Clark, Vinay Kulkarni and Dr Souvik Barat
E21 – ‘Engineering the Future’ at the University of Exeter with a USP of Entrepreneurship and collaboration with Royal Society Entrepreneurs in residence Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Graduate employability and recruitment, Gold Standard Project Based Learning, EntreComp, 21st Century Skills, Entrepreneur in Residence, Collaboration Dr Corrina Cory, Nick Russill and Prof Steve Senior
Revising Approaches for a Joined Up Methodology Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Graduate employability and recruitment, Industry, Engineering, Education, Authenticity, Collaboration Dr Gareth Thomson, Dr Jakub Sacharkzuk and Paul Gretton
Newcastle University and brightening the future for the North East Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Research, Graduate employability and recruitment, Electrification, Collaboration Skills, Newcastle Prof Matt Boyle OBE
Planning Multiple Active Space Debris Removal using Machine Learning and Quantum-Inspired Computing Research, Space, Debris Removal, Sustainability, Optimisation Dr Matteo Ceriotti, Niven Payne, Giulia Viavattene, Ellen Devereux, Dr David Snelling and Matthew Nuckley
Maximising Benefits of Regional Development Funding to Companies, Academics, and Students Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Regional Development Funding, Innovation Enterprise Zone Prof Tony Dodd, Marek Hornak and Rachel Wood
Connected Curriculum: Partnering Academia and Industry Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Research, Graduate employability and recruitment, Digitalisation, Partnership, Collaboration, Network Steve Jones, Associate Prof David Hughes, Prof Ion Sucala, Dr Aris Alexoulis and Dr Martino Luis
Stimulating Growth of an SME to Support
Railway Infrastructure
Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Graduate employability and recruitment, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Design and Innovation, Student Projects, Railway Infrastructure Prof Simon Barrans, Harvey Kangley, Greg Jones and Mark Newton

Research

This section lists all the case studies that come under the Research theme, one of the five themes identified during the EPC’s landmark 2020 Annual Congress, “Industry & Academia: Supercharging the Crucible”, from a wide range of HE providers and industry partners:

Case Study Title Other Themes/Keywords Authors
Inclusive Innovation: Harnessing Industrial and Academic Research Collaboration for Solving Industry Problems Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Knowledge exchange, Digital Twin, Model Driven Engineering, Inclusive Innovation Prof Balbir Barn, Prof Tony Clark, Vinay Kulkarni and Dr Souvik Barat
Development of Advanced Computer Models to Study Renewable Energy Integration in the UK Electrical Engineering, Power Systems, Renewable Energy, Computer Model Dr Grazia Todeschini and Kah Leong-Koo
Planning Multiple Active Space Debris Removal using Machine Learning and Quantum-Inspired Computing Knowledge exchange, Space, Debris Removal, Sustainability, Optimisation Dr Matteo Ceriotti, Niven Payne, Giulia Viavattene, Ellen Devereux, Dr David Snelling and Matthew Nuckley
Climbing the TRL ladder – Demonstration Testing for an Innovative Mooring Solution Mooring, Floating Wind, Technology Readiness Level (TRL), Component Testing Prof Philipp Thies and David Newsam
Scholarship, Synergy & Transformational Change: Using Research to Inform Strategy at a Time of Uncertainty Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Graduate employability and recruitment, Transformational Change, Industry-Education Partnerships, Educational Research, Scholarship Associate Prof Graeme Knowles, Dr Jane Andrews and Professor Robin Clark
Newcastle University and brightening the future for the North East Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Knowledge exchange, Graduate employability and recruitment, Electrification, Collaboration Skills, Newcastle Prof Matt Boyle OBE
Using an Innovation Standard Framework to Drive Knowledge Exchange Growth, Value and Impact Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Knowledge exchange, Innovation Benchmarking, Innovation Portfolios, Innovation-driven Leadership, ISO 56002, Industrial Collaboration, Growth Prof Sa’ad Sam Medhat
Participation and Belonging to Engineering – an Intersectionality Lens Graduate employability and recruitment, Science and Social Capitals, Sense of Belonging, Intersectionality, Student Success Dr Salma Al Arefi
Sheffield Innovation Programme Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Knowledge exchange, Graduate employability and recruitment, Innovation, SMEs Alex Prince and Prof Wayne Cranton
Connected Curriculum: Partnering Academia and Industry Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Knowledge exchange, Graduate employability and recruitment, Digitalisation, Partnership, Collaboration, Network Steve Jones,  Associate Prof David Hughes, Prof Ion Sucala, Dr Aris Alexoulis  and Dr Martino Luis 
Graduate employability and recruitment

This section lists all the case studies that come under the Graduate Employability and Recruitment theme, one of the five themes identified during the EPC’s landmark 2020 Annual Congress, “Industry & Academia: Supercharging the Crucible”, from a wide range of HE providers and industry partners:

Case Study Title Other Themes/Keywords Authors
Development of an Authentic Writing Activity with Industry Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Authentic Learning Dr Becky Selwyn, David Pullinger and Dr Irene Renaud-Assemat
E21 – ‘Engineering the Future’ at the University of Exeter with a USP of Entrepreneurship and collaboration with Royal Society Entrepreneurs in
Residence
Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Knowledge exchange, Gold Standard Project Based Learning, EntreComp, 21st Century Skills, Entrepreneur in Residence, Collaboration Dr Corrina Cory, Nick Russill and Prof Steve Senior
Development and Implementation of a Collaborative Event to Enhance Graduate Employability Graduate Outcomes, Employability, Engineering Education Dr Lisa Simmons, Dr Carl Diver, Dr Gary Dougill, Scott Pepper, Paul Foden and Robin Phillips
Participation and Belonging to Engineering – an Intersectionality Lens Research, Science and Social Capitals, Sense of Belonging, Intersectionality, Student Success Dr Salma Al Arefi
Re-engineering Education: Pushing the boundaries of Academic-Industrial Partnerships Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Partnerships, Academic, Industry Bob Tricklebank and Sue Parr
Emergency Shelter Digital Design Project, A UCL / Multiplex Collaboration Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Civil Engineering Design, Building Information Modelling, BIM, Digital Engineering, Industry, Collaboration James Ford
Notre Dame Cathedral Roof Design Project, A UCL / ARUP Collaboration Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Civil Engineering Design, Timber Design, Industry, Collaboration James Ford
Revising Approaches for a Joined Up Methodology Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Knowledge exchange, Industry, Engineering, Education, Authenticity, Collaboration Dr Gareth Thomson, Dr Jakub Sacharkzuk and Paul Gretton
Newcastle University and brightening the future for the North East Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Knowledge exchange, Research, Electrification, Collaboration Skills, Newcastle Prof Matt Boyle OBE
Sheffield Innovation Programme Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Research, Knowledge Exchange, Innovation, SMEs Alex Prince and Prof Wayne Cranton 
Connected Curriculum: Partnering Academia and Industry Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Knowledge exchange, Research, Digitalisation, Partnership, Collaboration, Network Steve Jones, Associate Prof David Hughes, Prof Ion Sucala, Dr Aris Alexoulis and Dr Martino Luis
Stimulating Growth of an SME to Support Railway Infrastructure Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, Knowledge exchange, Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Design and Innovation, Student Projects, Railway Infrastructure Prof Simon Barrans,
Harvey Kangley, Greg
Jones and Mark Newton
Scholarship, Synergy & Transformational Change: Using Research to Inform Strategy at a Time of Uncertainty Collaborating with industry for teaching and learning, Research, Transformational Change, Industry-Education Partnerships, Educational Research, Scholarship Associate Prof Graeme Knowles, Dr Jane Andrews and Professor Robin Clark
Industrial Digitalisation MSc Students Supporting Regional Development Universities’ and businesses’ shared role in regional development, PrintCity, industrial digitalisation, 3D printing Peter Gough and Prof Craig Banks

These case studies are aimed at:

  • Academics at all levels – whether early career staff looking for opportunities to establish a network or senior leaders who want to extend the role of industry partnerships in their strategy or who want to improve graduate employment outcomes.
  • Managers in industry looking to establish links with academics to boost research, development, innovation and talent pipeline.
  • Policy-makers and sector agencies with an interest in industry and academia working more closely for the benefit of the economy, society and regions.

Advisors and contributors

Last year, the EPC called for case study contributions to build this toolkit to help our members forge stronger industry links by sharing experiences and developing resources. We were delighted to receive nearly 50 applications to contribute case studies, exploring one or more of the Crucible Project’s five main themes. These submissions were reviewed in detail by the EPC’s Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Committee (RIKT) and 25 were shortlisted to present at our very successful Crucible Project online launch event on the 16th February 2022. With over 100 attendees joining us throughout the full-day event we saw presentations of a fantastic range of the case studies now available in this toolkit. We would like to extend our greatest thanks to the RIKT committee for all their enthusiasm and hard work on this project, in addition to all those who presented at the event and/or contributed case studies to make this an extensive, and what we hope will be a very useful, resource.

More to come

This is just the beginning of the Crucible Project toolkit – this will be a living and growing resource to provide best practice examples of academic-industry partnerships to help you find research funding, place graduates in employment, create work-based learning and many other collaborations. To ensure the continuous growth of this resource, members will soon be able to contribute their own, or further case studies also.