University of Sheffield AMRC
Who are University of Sheffield AMRC?
The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is a unique cluster of industry-focused manufacturing research centres and supporting facilities. We specialise in carrying out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials, which is of practical use to industry. We transform industrial and economic performance by making step changes in productivity, increasing competitiveness, developing new products and processes and training new talent and skills. Over 100-plus industrial partners range from global giants like Boeing, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Siemens and Airbus to small companies. Businesses can work with us on a one-off project or join us as a member for long-term collaboration. The group has specialist expertise in machining, casting, welding, powder metallurgy, composites, designing for manufacturing, testing and training. It has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and has become a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry, worldwide.
Sub-centres of the AMRC Group include Rolls-Royce Factory of the Future, AMRC Training Centre, Knowledge Transfer Centre, AMRC Castings, the Medical AMRC, The National Metals Technology Centre, Factory 2050, Compositive Centre, Design and Prototyping Centre, Advanced Structural Testing Centre and Industrial Doctorate Centre. Also located on the Advanced Manufacturing Park is the Nuclear AMRC, which helps UK companies win work in the civil nuclear sector in new build, operations and decommissioning. In March 2011, the AMRC became part of a new generation of government-backed Technology Innovation Centres, later branded as the High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
What projects / schemes / initiatives to support women’s recruitment, retention and progression in STEM are University of Sheffield AMRC involved in?
The AMRC Group is a holder of the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the Nuclear AMRC is a signatory of the Women in Nuclear UK charter. Our Athena SWAN Bronze application required us to undertake a detailed assessment of our current levels of equality and diversity in all aspects of the organisation including recruitment, promotions, flexible working, career breaks, culture and outreach. We identified our strengths and weaknesses and are now working through an action plan to build on our strengths and address our weaknesses.
The remit of the AMRC Group is to help companies overcome manufacturing problems and increase their productivity and competitiveness. It is now widely recognised that having a diverse workforce helps companies to perform better, so improving diversity in UK industry should be recognised alongside technical readiness, safety culture, training and skills, and all other facets that make up a competitive UK supply chain company. Improving diversity can help the AMRC to achieve its remit in two respects – Firstly, through exercising best practice across the AMRC Group we can continue to grow and function effectively as an organisation whilst ensuring an inclusive working environment for everyone. Secondly, by influencing UK industry through our membership, we can encourage culture change which we believe is essential to maintain the UK’s competitiveness in a global market.
We recognise that working with external organisations such as WISE will help us to develop our understanding for improving equality and diversity and share examples of best practice.
Why did University of Sheffield AMRC join WISE?
“We joined WISE to complement our equality and diversity programme which includes Athena SWAN. We are passionate about improving our working environment, increasing diversity and attracting more females to engineering. The WISE Ten Step plans offer us a structured approach and practical advice to work towards this goal.”
– Dr Nicola Ridgway, Athena SWAN Lead and Research Proposal Manager