Reporter 430, 1 February 1999
A pioneering work-based MSc scheme to update employees' knowledge and address the shortage of specialist skills in microwave engineering has started teaching its first students.
The course is being taken by 22 employees of local electronics company Filtronic and is accredited by the School of Electronic and Electrical engineering.
Filtronic is one of the most successful University spinouts; University professor and Filtronic's chairman and chief executive David Rhodes announced record interim results last week.
The bulk of the course is taught at the company's Shipley headquarters by the School's lecturers. The three year scheme is largely based on the School's MSc in radio frequency and communications engineering and will include specific lectures devised and taught by Filtronic staff.
- Professor Rhodes said the course was intended to counter the world- wide shortage of highly skilled engineers entering the electronics sector. People with the necessary expertise in physics and maths were especially difficult to find, he said. Professor David Rhodes has been awarded the Mountbatten Medal by the National Electronics Council. Professor Rhodes was presented with his award by HRH the Duke of Kent.
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