Bath named Strategic University Partner of Caterpillar

The University has been appointed by global engineering firm, Caterpillar, as one of its Strategic University Partners.

Our Faculty of Engineering and Design has signed a three year agreement with the company which will benefit the University and its students in a number of ways including a scholarships programme and unique opportunities for students.

Targeting under-representation

Working closely with the Faculty and through the scholarships programme, Caterpillar aims to target under-represented groups in engineering and encourage greater involvement, particularly among women.

‘Caterpillar Scholars’ will be given the opportunity to connect with the Caterpillar Enterprise to further their learning and development, as well as receive additional support including provision of projects, visits to the company’s facilities, careers advice and mentoring.

As part of this prestigious partnership, there will also be a research focus in which Caterpillar will work with the University when undertaking future research and development projects.

Long-standing relationship

This new bond consolidates an already long-standing relationship between the University and Caterpillar having previously collaborated with the Faculty of Engineering and Design in providing placements, research initiatives as well as sponsorship of the University’s successful Formula Student Team.

Simon Collins, Talent Manager at Caterpillar sees the Strategic Partnership with Bath as the natural next step in collaboration based on shared objectives. He said: “Caterpillar’s objective is to work closely with the University of Bath to proactively support the development of the Faculty’s STEM undergraduates, building upon the relationship that has been established through, among other things, our sponsorship of the Formula Student team.

“The group of Caterpillar engineering managers who endorsed this decision did so in light of the University's excellent academic performance and commitment to promoting gender diversity.”

Professor Gary Hawley, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Design added:

“As a Faculty we continue to extend our reach and profile with some of the largest and well known engineering companies in the world. The support our students will receive from Caterpillar demonstrates the quality of our research, teaching and training provision especially through our extensive placement opportunities.”

Recognition of commitment

The Faculty’s Department of Mechanical Engineering was recently awarded Athena Swan Bronze in recognition of the Department’s commitment to good working practices and advancing the representation of women in engineering.

89 per cent of the research carried out by the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering was ranked ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) and ‘world-leading’ (4*) by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), an independent assessment of UK university research activity.

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