COATED M2A work with a wide range of companies and research projects. As all projects are industrially focused, the sponsoring company get tangible outputs from each research engineer.

Overall, the aim of the operation is to deliver impact from the research we do. The nature of the projects means our research is directly applicable to industry, society and the clear benefits for the employability of our research engineers. The operation maintains a focus on the justification for the research and understanding the overall target impact of the project through the production of impact posters at the end of the first year, the inclusion of impact updates in annual reports and a final impact report at the end of the project. Additionally the researchers are focussed on the potential impact they can make on the research environment with a keen eye kept on responsible research and innovation supported by training modules in the first year of the project.

Typical impact arising from our projects includes;

  • Production of new products
  • Clear process improvements
  • Development of individuals to excel in their career
  • Incremental product developments
  • Incremental process improvements
  • Contribution to scientific knowledge base – publications and conferences.

Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) provides industry led postgraduate research training based at Swansea University's new Bay Campus. M2A is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.