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Postgraduate Institute celebrates its fifth year

Developing a pipeline of 'industry ready' professionals

The PGI is delivering a PhD programme that addresses the need for measurement science to support the development of the UK’s economy and improve quality of life. Positioned at the interface between academia and industry, the PGI is a gateway for companies and research organisations looking to utilise measurement in order to perform research and innovate.

Throughout its five years, the PGI has helped develop the next generation of world-class measurement scientists, with the number of students steadily increasing to over 200 researchers this year. Since the beginning, the institute has seen over 140 students graduate, 43% of which have moved into industrial roles.

The Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science (PGI) was created in 2015, following the establishment of the Strategic Partnership between NPL, the University of Strathclyde, and the University of Surrey and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). 

The PGI’s researchers are making significant contributions to the scientific community, collectively they have published 349 papers, participated in key international conferences and been involved in many pioneering research projects.

One example of the extraordinary researchers supported through the PGI is Jasmine Bone, a joint PhD student funded by the University of Surrey, NPL and Element Materials Technology. Jasmine has been working with industry partners to ensure the safety of composite materials used in marine environments. She has actively sought opportunities to promote her research and secured additional funding in the form of a 3-year Industrial Fellowship with the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Students work on important challenges, with many uniquely placed to provide the resource and solutions needed to accelerate the translation of research and create impact on commerce and quality of life.

Our students and alumni have achieved significant prizes and awards during their studies, including:

  • Two researchers have been named in the Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in Europe: Flaviu Cipcigan for Science and Healthcare and Sakthy Selvakum for Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Michael Woodley and Leonardo Del Bino have been recognised by NPL by winning the prestigious Rayleigh Award for the best published paper
  • Robert Shearman won the Institute of Physics Early Career Award for outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear physics
  • Grigorio Rigas won the Institution of Engineering and Technology Postgraduate Scholarship for outstanding research on printed nanoelectronics
  • Matat Jablon recruited by Oxford Instruments in Paris following a successful PhD with NPL at Strathclyde University, specializing in advanced electron microscopy techniques

Over the next five years, the PGI aims to extend its international reach and partnerships, expanding the training offering to attract researchers and stakeholders alike and develop a sustainable cohort size with increased industry engagement.

Richard Burguete, PGI Director, NPL said: “It has been tremendously exciting and rewarding developing the PGI, being witness to the meaningful outcomes and impact that our postgraduate researchers have achieved. We are all incredibly proud of how they have developed and gone on to bigger and better things within NPL, in industry or academia, using their time at the PGI as a launch pad for a successful and productive career”

Watch the PGI's 5th anniversary celebratory video here.

Find out more about the PGI here.

26 Oct 2020