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Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A)

If you're operating at the top end of the materials and manufacturing sector in Wales, your ongoing success depends on two key factors: Firstly, your ability to lead the way with innovative product research and development.  And secondly, your success in attracting high calibre people capable of driving your vital research forward.  The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) has been set up to provide leading businesses like yours with top quality individuals trained to masters and doctoral level, who have what it takes to become the sector's leading players.

The business benefits

Image of two scientists M2A will support 124 of the most talented individuals in the sector and help them develop the technical, leadership and management skills critical to the success of high value manufacturing and materials businesses in Wales.

As part of the programme, your business will have access to:

  • Heavily subsidised, sector leading industrial research and development.
  • First-class facilities and expertise at Swansea University, a renowned academic centre for advanced materials and manufacturing research.
  • A steady source of top-class research talent for your business.

M2A is an extremely flexible and cost-effective way of conducting research, and because you will get to know the post-graduates very well during their time with your business, you will also have a clear idea of their capabilities and long-term value as future employees.

What support will you get?

The Material and Manufacturing Academy will pay an annual wage of £20,000 to support the researcher, and your business will be required to contribute £9,000 annually towards costs.  You will have the opportunity to work with them for either one or four years, but there is no obligation to empoly the graduate after the research has been completed, nor is there an obligation for the student to take a job offer with your company.

Your commitment

To get involved, your business needs to submit proposals for a one-year master's or a four year doctorate research project clearly linked to your company's product, processes or markets.

The post graduate researcher must have at least 2:1 Degree in science or engineering and be supervised by an academic from Swansea University.  You must also designate a representative from your business to become the student's line manager and mentor.

Is your business eligible?

Any business operating in Wales can co-fund an Engineering Doctorate or a research Masters, providing we are satisfied the research will bring tangible benefits to the long term success of the company. Students enrolled on the M2A must also have a residential address in the Convergence area of Wales and hold a UK passort or have a permanent right to stay.

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M2A is part-funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.

Programme ChecklistEU funds in Wales
Delivery AreaAll WalesCronfeydd yr UE yng Nghymru European Social Fund
Status Live
Supported by the European Social Fund?Yes
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