23rd October 2012, 9:52am
University celebrates prestigious status with engineering giant
The reception at Siemens Crystal The University of Lincoln has been named as one of Siemens’ principal partner universities.

This prestigious status is in recognition of the collaborative relationship between the global company and the University in the development of the award-winning Lincoln School of Engineering.

Cambridge, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield Universities were also recognised as principal partners at the event. Oxford and Loughborough Universities were granted partner status, with Manchester and Cambridge universities awarded global ambassador status in recognition of the wide ranging research collaborations across business sectors and also their efforts to engage graduate talent with Siemens.

A special reception at Siemens Crystal in London was held to celebrate and formally recognise the universities' collaboration to develop future generations of graduates and foster research and innovation.

Siemens has a longstanding global programme of engagement with leading universities and research institutions focused on bringing together the best minds for talent development and innovation.

Paul Stewart, founding Head of the Lincoln School of Engineering who attended the reception, said: “On 1st November it will be three years since representatives from Siemens and myself were staring at the brown field site, which is now the School of Engineering. In that short space of time we have developed the School to be the huge success it is today, satisfying a demand both in research and employment terms. We are extremely proud of the relationship we have built with Siemens, a collaboration which has already received a Lord Stafford Award for innovation. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of both partners which means the new School of Engineering and a relatively new university are now standing shoulder to shoulder with other leading UK institutions.”

Siemens’ university partnering programme represents another major part of its commitment to the UK skills agenda. Collaboration ranges from joint research programmes to development of new qualifications to meet future demands, to providing industry placements as an integral part of education programmes.

Nick Muntz, Siemens Lincoln Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that the University of Lincoln has been awarded principal partner status. We have been working with the University for many years and the Engineering Hub, the first engineering school in the UK for twenty years is already a pioneering achievement. Our collaboration is focused on producing industry-ready graduates, who benefit from their exposure to a world-class engineering company, as well as excellence in engineering teaching at the University. Together we are also producing leading-edge research and development into gas turbine technology and other power engineering subjects. We look forward to collaborating on these and many new areas in the future."

Toby Peyton-Jones, HR Director for Siemens plc and North West Europe, added: “At Siemens we know that it is engineers who will shape the future of the world we live in and find solutions for the world’s most pressing problems. Currently there just are not enough of them to meet the demands of not only Siemens but other companies as well. By actively focusing on a number of core universities we believe we can maximise the opportunities for strategic industry-led collaboration.”

Siemens is investing heavily in UK research and graduate recruitment and runs a UK-wide university engagement programme, which includes careers fairs, summer internships, year-long placements, graduate schemes, student visits to industry and collaborative project work. By establishing these links with universities Siemens hopes to give valuable opportunities to young people from across the UK, increasing their employability and skills base as well as gaining great input into the ongoing development of Siemens in the UK.

Siemens’ work with the University of Lincoln forms a part of its wider skills and training focus in the UK. Siemens plays a key role nationally as a major UK based manufacturer and engineering company. In Lincoln, Siemens also works closely with local schools, colleges and the community to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and runs a longstanding apprenticeship scheme. Siemens is part of Lincoln’s new University Technical College, in conjunction with the University and Lincoln College. Siemens also pioneers the ‘Females into Industry Challenge’ to encourage more women into engineering.  
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