Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering at Coventry University

The UK’s First ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’

Established in 2014, the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) marks a step-change in the way the UK is tackling industry’s well-documented skills and technology gaps.

Since establishment, AME has flourished to become an award-winning facility, recognised as the UK’s first ‘Faculty on the Factory Floor’ with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize.

Continuing the journey to accelerate skills development and technological change in the region, in 2023 AME received a six million pound investment.

Accelerating manufacturing solutions

Established through its industry collaboration with Unipart Manufacturing, the institute provides technologies and solutions, industry-ready graduates, and world-leading research.

student in a hi vis working with machinery in a factory workshopStudent in lab coat conducting experiment

Student in labatory conducting an experiment

AME’s journey

Following a six-million-pound investment, AME has expanded with state-of-the-art equipment, boasting an additional 2000 metres of space featuring new teaching and research facilities, as well as digital manufacturing and engineering, manufacturing metrology, and functional materials laboratories.

Leading manufacturing skills development and technological change in the region, the revamped facility marks a critical step in tackling the challenges presented by engineering skills gaps, the transition of electric transport manufacturing, and working towards the 2050 net zero target.

Achievements at a glance

  • Over 400 students graduated with a BEng or MEng in Manufacturing and Engineering
  • High employment rate for all of our students
  • Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Innovation in Higher Education
  • Over £110m of Research and Development projects completed
  • Over £500m of economic value generated for UK industry
  • £18m invested since 2013
  • 1700 Continuous Professional Development course students have studied with us
  • Over 170 collaborators

About the Collaboration

The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering is an exciting collaboration between two of the leading organisations in academia and industry.

Unipart Manufacturing
has its roots in manufacturing in the automotive sector, where it continues to supply many of the UK’s best brands with safety-critical original-equipment automotive parts and systems, and this now extends to include EV battery modules and packs, supporting the switch to greener transport solutions. With 35-years of experience as a Tier-1 Automotive supplier, Unipart Manufacturing now applies the same disciplined approach in servicing customers across all sectors, including rail, construction and utilities, and across its Joint Ventures, including Kautex-Unipart Ltd and Hyperbat Ltd, its battery manufacturing JV with Fortescue WAE.Unipart’s manufacturing capabilities extend from the more traditional metal fabrication, plastic blow-moulding and complex assembly, through to electrical and electronic assembly and software, and into large-scale industrial, and by harnessing the power of the Unipart Group, it offers supply-chain solutions to its clients from consultancy, through manufacturing and into logistics.

Operating from multiple sites across the UK and overseas, all of its operations have a commitment to invest in innovation and operate using ‘The Unipart Way’ – a philosophy of working underpinned by tools and techniques that inspire efficiency, flexibility and outstanding customer service.

Visit the Unipart website

Coventry University logo

We are a forward-looking, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on applied research.
Our students benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in all academic disciplines including health, design and engineering laboratories, performing arts studios and computing centres. We have been chosen to host three national Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning which has enabled us to invest substantial sums of money in health, design and mathematics.
Our campus is continually developing and evolving, and we have plans for further investment in it over the next few years. We are a major presence in Coventry, which contributes to the city’s friendly and vibrant atmosphere, fostering successful business partnerships.
Through our links with leading edge businesses and organisations in the public and voluntary sectors, our students are able to access project and placement opportunities that enhance their employability on graduation.

Visit the Coventry University website.


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