MSc ITM students visit the Gillette Technical Centre
The Centre, which has initiated some of Gillette’s flagship shaving products such as Venus, Mach 3 and Fusion, employs over 120 people and has specialist laboratories, open-plan offices, conference and library facilities and bespoke product evaluation facilities.
On arriving, the students were welcomed by staff and introduced to the concepts of ‘fusion technology’, ‘male skin understanding’, and the ‘science of shaving’. Students were then given a tour of the facility and shown a number of demonstrations including the instrumental measures used to study the impact of shaving on the skin, footage of their five blade technology cutting hair, the role of concept engineering, and rapid prototyping. A question and answer session with staff also took place over lunch.
Professor Andrew Graves, Director of Studies for the programme, said:
"We were delighted to be able to offer the students this opportunity to visit a world-class R&D facility, based in the UK. The day provided a unique experience for the students and an insight and understanding into the product development process - from concept to launch - used by a major and successful international company.
The Gillette team went to enormous efforts to make us welcome and ensure that we were aware of their R&D processes. Feedback from the students has been extremely positive and this has given them an excellent springboard for writing their dissertations during the summer and an insight into a significant high value manufacturing sector."
It is hoped that, due to the success of the trip, similar visits will be planned for future students on the programme.
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The MSc in Innovation and Technology Management is unique through its combination of management and engineering, integrating the two disciplines to ensure students have the necessary skills to manage across boundaries. A full-time, 12-month intensive Master’s programme, it is a joint degree run by the University of Bath’s School of Management and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. It is designed for graduates with a 2:1 Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in engineering, management or science.
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