Professor Nick Bennett
Director of RCMI
I started my career as an apprentice in manufacturing industry, including traditional ONC/HNC technical college studies, then moved on to read engineering at Bath University, followed by project management and the design and implementation of large process projects with Roan Consolidated and Binnie & Partners Consulting Engineers in UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Hence, I'm keen on product and process innovation and how to create novel market and technical solutions, often through pulling diverse teams together across international boundaries.
Joining Portsmouth Polytechnic I took on course leadership and a part-time MBA and succeeded in winning LEA and DTI initiative funding for new BEng and MSc manufacturing courses. Other funded projects followed, such as Enterprise in Higher Education, RDA Rapid Product Development Group, Teaching Company Schemes and a substantial EPSRC Collaborative Training Account.
I founded the Regional Centre for Manufacturing Industry in 1998, through which a wide range of UK and international research and innovation work in collaboration with funding agencies and industry has been delivered, including laboratory-based investigations, rapid prototyping & Lean studies, EC Tempus & Thematic Research, EPSRC & TSB process and collaborative research, SMART & Innovation Awards and industry-based MSc & PhD studies. At Portsmouth, we led the major HEFCE South East Knowledge Exchange for Product Development consortium. Recent SME innovation KTP's include Iracroft, 3TRPD, Alitex, Tendercare, Rimor and MagmaGlobal. I am active in external examining, IMechE, ECUK examining, consultancy and regional panels. I still very much enjoy international travel for business and with my family.