British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) representatives have signed a co-operation agreement with Lancaster University to collaborate over skills and technology projects.
The agreement will provide additional content to strengthen the BPMA’s existing range of training courses. University and association leaders will also consider the scope for funded collaboration across a range of technologies relevant to pump systems engineering.
Commenting on the MCA, Professor George Aggidis said: “By aligning the respective strengths of engineering academia and commercial enterprise, jointly delivered ‘added value’ services can be determined for the mutual benefit of members, students and stakeholders alike.
“I am thrilled that we have this agreement in place and excited by the potential activities that the collaboration could deliver.”
BPMA Director and CEO Steve Schofield, who helped broker the deal, previously worked with Aggidis when the professor was active in industry.
He remarked: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to extend our working relationship and to have our respective organisations seek collaborative initiatives.”
The University of Lancaster boasts one of the relatively small number general engineering departments in UK higher education, with all courses accredited by one of the leading professional bodies including IMechE, IET and IChemE.
In 2015, its newly opened engineering complex designed by John McAslan + Partnersreceived a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award. The university was also named 2018 University of the Year in the most recent Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Photo: BPMA president Richard Harden signing the mutual cooperation agreement