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Project Partners

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering relies on extensive support from industrial and government partners. These partners contribute highly to the PhD years of selected students.

The project partner works in collaboration with the student and supervisor, meeting regularly for project updates and to oversee the student’s studies. This collaboration gives the sponsors access to world leading expertise within the CDT-UP centre, access to research laboratories in the individual research groups and exposure to current and emerging areas in Cranfield and Cambridge research and IP licensing and joint venture opportunities.

Students typically work on industrial focused projects during their MRes projects and PhD. We ask sponsors to submit research topics of interest and challenges to their sector to the CDT-UP, which we then pair-up with CDT-UP student’s desired skill set and background.

The CDT-UP asks for a financial contribution from the sponsor of around £15,000-30,000. The funds are used to cover project consumables, access to fee charging facilities, and a student maintenance top-up. The exact figure and use of funds is agreed between the sponsor and supervisor, with a collaboration agreement drawn-up to finalise this.

Our Industrial Partners include Diamond Light Source, Engineers Company, Engineers Trust, Gooch & Housego, Hexagon Metrology, Laser Fusion Technologies Ltd, MSOLV, NIAB, NPL, Rolls-Royce, thin metal films ltd, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


Industry partners gain access to world-leading research facilities and the opportunity to work with a wide range of high-quality research students.

Professor Bill O'Neill, CDT-UP Course Director