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1. INTRODUCTION TO WARWICK MANUFACTURING GROUP 1.1 Introduction to the University of Warwick 1.2 University Processes for Students on Collaborative Courses 1.3 Enrolment 1.4 Warwick Manufacturing Group 1.5 Using University of Warwick Facilities 1.6 WMG Staff Associated with the Programme 1-1 1. INTRODUCTION TO WARWICK MANUFACTURING GROUP Welcome! Welcome to the University of Warwick! Although you are studying a course taught at another institution, it is a course leading to a qualification of the University of Warwick, so on behalf of the University, I would like to welcome you. You may not come into contact with Warwick or its staff at all during your course, or you may visit our campus in Coventry. Most of your modules will be taught by Warwick staff, some may not. Most of your day-to-day contact will be with your home institution, and they will be able to provide you with the information you need to make the most of your course. However, whatever the arrangements for your course, the University of Warwick pays close attention to the quality of the teaching and learning on it – and you will hopefully end up with a University of Warwick award at the end of it, because we are happy that the standards on your course match up to ours. I hope you enjoy your course, and learn a lot from it! Dr Russell Moseley Chair, Collaborative, Flexible and Distributed Learning Sub-Committee University of Warwick 1.1 Introduction to the University of Warwick The University of Warwick, which is situated on the southern outskirts of Coventry, was established in 1965 and, in the succeeding 40 years, has become one of the most successful universities in the country, highly rated for both research and teaching quality. The University has links with many local, national and international industries which have helped to earn it a reputation as an entrepreneurial institution. It has 26 academic departments in four faculties; Arts, Medicine, Science, and Social Studies, and in 2006-07 had a total student population of around 15,969 full-time equivalent students, of which some 25% are international students and 45% are postgraduates. The campus offers many amenities including Warwick Arts Centre, the largest arts centre outside London, a well-stocked bookshop and a recently refurbished sports centre. Further information about the University can be found on its website at www.warwick.ac.uk The key role of University staff is to ensure that the academic standards of your course are, and continue to be, of the highest possible level, and that they justify the conferral of a University award. 1-2 1.2 University Processes for Students on Collaborative Courses At the University of Warwick, responsibility for dealing with the student administration for collaborative undergraduate courses rests with the appropriate academic department – in this case Warwick Manufacturing Group. The University Graduate School oversees all matters relating to postgraduate courses. Responsibility for monitoring the quality and standards of all University of Warwick courses, including collaborative courses, lies with the University’s Teaching Quality team. You should not normally need to contact any of these offices yourself but should you encounter a problem, please contact the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s Academic Director of Studies (Dr Amanda Dowd), in the first instance via your local institution. 1.3 Enrolment In order for you to be enrolled as a student with the University, the Academic Office needs you to complete an enrolment form with all the relevant academic and personal details relating to your course of study or (preferably) enrol on-line. You should submit this form – with your application documentation or enrol on-line, before commencing any modules. Only as a fully enrolled student will you have access to the University’s on-line facilities (see section 1.5). The data you provide enables the University to keep track of you throughout your academic career and to ensure that you are correctly issued with a certificate upon successful completion of your course. For these reasons it is helpful if you inform your local centre of any changes in your name or address so that these details can be passed on to the Academic Office at the University via the University Course Coordinator. You may also send such information directly to the University Course Coordinator if you are concerned that the University’s records may not have been updated. As the enrolment form makes clear, data about you will be held on computer on the University’s central student record system in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. 1.4 Warwick Manufacturing Group Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) is based within the University’s School of Engineering. Part-time courses that run in the UK are held on the University campus at Arden House, the Executive Post Experience Centre, which provides excellent lecturing and residential facilities. Participants on our overseas programmes are welcome to attend courses at Warwick as an accredited part of their study. 1-3 Partnership is at the heart of WMG’s extensive research programmes. These are all delivered in collaborative centres, which are mostly private sector funded and involve industrial secondees working closely with academic staff to ensure effective transfer of learning and expertise and rapid take-up of results. WMG’s collaborative centres and programmes cover both technological and operational research. Technological research is focused on underpinning industry’s requirements for more environmentally friendly products and processes. It promotes manufacturing competitiveness through the exploitation and integration of IT and communications technologies. Major projects include research aimed at design, development and manufacturing routes for structurally advanced lightweight vehicles, work related to low or zero emission vehicles, and work on transport Telematics. This focused, industrially led, programme is underpinned by a generic programme of research in applications engineering of materials and processes. Generic research in design, simulation, and integration feeds into both the clean manufacturing programme as well as WMG’s second major suite of research programmes; those related to the development of agile manufacturing and the implementation of best practice. Within this area, the major thrusts include rapid product introduction, the extended enterprise, and understanding and improvement of business processes. These build on operational research on best practice in areas such as logistics, manufacturing strategy, supply chain management, benchmarking and business process improvement. WMG is also a Knowledge Transfer Partnership Centre and its programme is one of the largest in the UK. About 30 DTI Knowledge Transfer Partnership schemes are being undertaken with companies in the British Midlands, in which associates work full-time in industry under the joint supervision of a member of the firm and a member of the academic staff, and may register for a higher degree. The Group has a staff of more than 450 at Warwick University and has pioneered new courses and partnerships with leading names in industry. The cross fertilisation of ideas between the University and industry and from company to company is creating profitable well-managed businesses at the leading edge of technology. More information about WMG can be found on their website at http://www.wmg.warwick.ac.uk. 1-4 1.5 Using University of Warwick Facilities You are eligible to receive a University card which entitles the holder to access the University’s Library, IT facilities and Sports Centre for the duration of your course of study, excluding any periods of temporary withdrawal. Cards can only be issued after your enrolment details are entered on the University’s student record system, but for our Collaborative programmes, they are only issued on specific request – usually should you be planning a visit to the Warwick campus. Once you are fully enrolled as a University of Warwick student, you are classified as a Distributed Learning student, and you are entitled to use such University facilities are available to you. In order to gain access to these facilities, you first need to register with the University’s IT Services department and be issued a user ID and password. You can register via the University’s website at https://www.warwick.ac.uk/cgi-bin/secure/register.pl when you provide the following information: your University of Warwick student number (a 7-digit number which will be on your Warwick offer documentation, and can be obtained from your local Administration Unit) your date of birth the choice of services you require (if you want access to the University’s on-line resources, you need to register with ATHENS) a password which you can remember Once you have been allocated your username and password, you may access the Library facilities. A guide for distributed learning students to access the facilities available is listed below for reference:- Step 1: Enter your university number and date of birth, then click the “submit” button. 1-5 (a) University number: a 7-digit number which can be (c) Click “submit” for next. obtained from the IGDS/IMDS Administration Unit. (b) Your date of birth. 1-6 Step 2: Select the additional services and choose the password. If you want access to the University’s on-line library resources, you need to register with ATHENS. (a) Additional services: if you want access to the e-resources of the Library, register with ATHENS. (b) A password which you can easily remember. (c) Submit. 1-7 Step 3: The system will generate another login name and password for ATHENS which are not same as for the University services. As the ATHENS password cannot be recovered, please write it down or print this page for reference. Then enter the password again. (a) Please read this paragraph carefully and write down the login name and password of ATHENS. (b) Enter and re-enter the password. (c) Submit for next. 1-8 Step 4: The system will notify you the University’s IT services has been created. For any additional services you require, enter the password again for activating additional services. 1-9 Step 5: The system will notify you again of the available services of your account. Some of these will be ready after 24 hours. Then you can activate the Warwick Library’s facilities. 1-10 Step 6: A Library Guide is available on the University web-site at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/usingthelibrary/guidespublications/distance_learners .doc. To access most of the e-journal services and other databases from off-campus, you will need a login name and password that be created from the previous steps (ATHENS) or your Barcode and PIN. The following shows you how to setup the PIN: (a) Go to the website http://webcat.warwick.ac.uk/patroninfo and enter the information: - Barcode: enter the letter ‘p’ or ‘P’ followed by your university number, e.g. P1234567. - PIN: leave the PIN field blank, click the “submit” button to create a new PIN. (b) After creating the PIN, the screen will show you some personal information, e.g. your address etc. All the steps have been finished and you can access most of Warwick’s 1-11 facilities, e.g. email, library, e-resources, etc. 1.6 WMG Staff Associated with the Programme Director of the Programme: Professor Lord Bhattacharyya Academic Director of Graduate Studies (Manufacturing): Dr Amanda L Dowd International Manufacturing Centre The University of Warwick Coventry CV4 7AL, UK Tel.: +44 24 7652 3910 Fax.: +44 24 7652 4027 Email: A.L.Dowd@warwick.ac.uk Assistant Course Co-ordinator: Mr. Stephen Raynor Email: S.Raynor@warwick.ac.uk WMG Overseas Programmes Secretary: Ms Alice Parkes Email: A.Parkes@warwick.ac.uk 1-12