After two years of strong partnership, the enterprising collaboration between the University of South Australia (UniSA) and University College London Engineering (UCL) got a little closer last week, with UCL Engineering moving into their new home base in the Future Industries Institute at Mawson Lakes. To celebrate and commemorate this signfiicant patnership, an event was held on Thursday December 7 at Mawson Lakes Campus.
The event was attended by approximately 80 guests, including UniSA and UCL staff and key external partners, who were entertained and informed with a Panel Discussion on "The Future of Energy" featuring a panel of experts including UniSA's Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd and UCL's Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker. Following the panel session, the new UCL signage on Building X was unveiled, signifying the opening of UCL Engineering in Australia's new home.
Established in 2015, the partnership between the University and UCL’s Faculty of Engineering is a successful collaboration that has underpinned and internationalised research in a range of high potential future industries.
UniSA's Future Industries Institute Director, Professor Emily Hilder, says co-location at the Mawson Lakes campus offers improved opportunities for research collaboration, to develop external partnerships that advance and fast-track new industries.
“We are delighted with the continued strength of this partnership and the move to have UCL staff on campus will generate a more cohesive exchange between our two institutions,” Prof Hilder says.
“This means we have a breadth of expertise at our fingertips; bolstering our mission to transform the industries of today and seed the industries of tomorrow.”
Prof Hilder says FII’s research expertise in minerals and materials science, nanotechnology and biomaterials alongside UCL’s world-leading strengths in naval architecture and maritime engineering represent a powerhouse of relevant expertise for the state, as it boosts engagement in defence research, sustainable energy production and biomedical research.
“The evolving partnership will see FII and UCL Engineering deliver dual-continental postgraduate programs and support strong female researchers with the introduction of the Santos Fellowships,” Prof Hilder says.
“This partnership provides opportunities for enhanced research expertise, fellowships and joint academic appointments, an industry-focused PhD program, joint curriculum development; student and staff exchange programs and public engagement,” Professor Hilder explains.
“It also means we can offer innovative education options for postgraduate students such as the dual-continental Master of Science in Global Management of Natural Resources, which sees students study at UCL in London and UniSA in Adelaide.
“It is a unique program that prepares future leaders in the management of the natural resources value chain across the globe.”
Other joint UCL-UniSA programs commencing in 2018 include a Master of Science Sustainable Energy Systems and a Master of Data Science.
Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd, believes the partnership demonstrates UniSA’s and UCL’s commitment to South Australia and to the advancement of engineering excellence globally.
“This partnership is firmly focused on growing the intellectual capital of the State, firing up the new ideas, discoveries, and refinements that will not only deliver for the SA economy, but translate into global opportunities,” Professor Lloyd says.
“We are working to build the next phase of the partnership, which will see the transfer of knowledge and entrepreneurial skill to benefit research and industry.
“Altogether, the UniSA/UCL partnership is driving the development, not only of future industries, but also of invaluable careers in science.”