14 February 2013
Vince Cable visits the Brookes Engineering team
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Rt Hon Vince Cable, visited the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes.
"Today at Oxford Brookes University I've seen how the institution is training students to an excellent standard and linking up with business to ensure they have the right skills and expertise. "
The main focus of his visit was to look at the role of modern universities in supporting business and growth. While visiting Brookes he was able to see how the university’s Department for Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences works closely with local automotive and motorsport firms both by supplying the workforce of the future, and through research into new, often low carbon technologies. He was particularly interested in exploring what can be done to encourage more young people to study engineering at a higher level.
During his visit, Vince Cable commented “Maintaining a good supply of engineers is vital to our economy. We start from a serious shortfall. Today at Oxford Brookes I’ve seen how the institution is training students to an excellent standard and linking up with business to ensure they have the right skills and expertise. This will help meet the deficit in engineers, making the UK better able to compete in manufacturing especially”.
Vince Cable was given a tour of the Engineering facilities, and of the specialist equipment such as the four post rig. Despite time pressures he was able to interact with all aspects on display in the in the Auto Lab and Engines Lab. He was also informed of Brookes’ contribution to the sustainability agenda through engines work, the bamboo bike, and YASA motors, and of their continuing contract work with Siemens.
The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills also met students from Oxford Brookes Racing and learnt how they won ‘Best UK Team’ at last year’s Formula Student competition at Silverstone, beating fifty other UK universities and coming seventh overall. He was very impressed with Oxford Brookes Racing, and the work the team does in leading our graduates into the Formula 1 industry.
Gareth Neighbour, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, said:
“I want to thank everyone for their contribution. I believe the visit was hugely successful with the Minister leaving our department with a very good impression and having enjoyed the visit. Everyone should be very proud of the work that we do.”