Professor Keith Ridgway CBE


Keith Ridgway is the Professor of Design and Manufacture and Executive Dean of the recently formed Advanced Manufacturing Institute at the University of Sheffield. The AMI has been established to build on the success of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) and the Nuclear AMRC and increase the opportunities for collaborative research and high-level training. The AMRC was established in 2001 to carry out research in manufacturing technologies directly related to the aerospace industry. In addition to Boeing, the AMRC has more than 60 sponsors, including BAe Systems, Rolls-Royce, and Messier Bugatti Dowty. Application of the research developed has led to a step change in the manufacturing capability of many of the industrial sponsors and encouraged their on-going commitment and support. The Nuclear AMRC was established in February 2010 and aims to increase the competitiveness of companies in the Nuclear New Build supply chain. Founding partners include EDF, Areva, Westinghouse, Rolls-Royce, Sheffield Forgemasters International and Tata Steel.

Professor Ridgway is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Royal Institute of Naval Architects and Royal Aeronautical Society and was awarded the OBE for services to UK manufacturing industry in June 2005. In January 2012 Professor Ridgway was awarded the CBE for services to Manufacturing Research. Professor Ridgway has over 160 publications including 57 journals articles.

The session will describe the history and development of the AMRC with Boeing. After describing how the AMRC started the session will describe the approach to research collaboration and how this has stimulated the growth of the Centre to include aerospace and nuclear manufacturing, composites, structural testing and apprentice training. The future direction and development strategy will also be described

Professor Ian Hargreaves CBE

Ian Hargreaves spent most of his career as a professional journalist. He worked in local newspapers in Yorkshire; spent 15 years on the Financial Times (becoming Deputy Editor); edited the Independent and then the New Statesman; and ran BBC News and Current Affairs in the late 1980s. He has been associated with Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies since 1999 and in 2010 took a new position as Professor of Digital Economy, based jointly in the journalism and business schools. He has also worked in corporate public affairs (for BAA plc) and as Director of Strategic Communications at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His current research interests centre upon the development of the UK’s creative economy.

Professor Hargreaves’s review of Intellectual Property and Growth was commissioned by the Prime Minister in October 2010 and published in May 2011. Its findings have been supported by the coalition government, though their full enactment remains a work in progress. There has been considerable international interest in the approach proposed in the review, particularly with regard to copyright. In this talk, Prof Hargreaves will offer an update on the reform programme and some reflections on the way the review has worked. He will also discuss his follow-up project: the construction of a Creative Economy Manifesto, in collaboration with NESTA.