Modules have now been delivered at Edinburgh,
Manchester, Swansea and Newcastle. A further seven deliveries are planned
during the calendar year 2001 at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, Surrey
Many Delegates have excellent results
and are now on track for a Postgraduate MSc with Distinction.
Magic & Multi-Metal……….Module 4
Seventeen delegates undertook Module
4 (Interconnect & Metallisation) and attended the Residential Week held
at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, from Sunday 25 February to
Friday 2 March 2001. Delivery of the module was under the direction
of Dr Nick Wright, module convenor, delegates and visiting lecturers
stayed at the Newcastle Posthouse Hotel in the city centre. As usual
the convenor handled all academic matters and advised on the local arrangements.
The logistics, hotel bookings and social activities were all organised
by Mrs Sandy Peace, Programme Co-ordinator, working from the IGDS Office
The digital image
shows Delegates along with Professor Tom Stevenson from the University
of Edinburgh, during a break in the busy schedule. (Delegate
Quote "The best Module so far!")
The Residential Week 'kicked-off' -
well we were in Newcastle!! - on the Sunday evening with a Welcome Reception
and dinner during which Delegates and visitors were entertained and
mystified by the "table top" illusions of conjurer Paul Lytton. The
photograph shows that Jeremy Epton, Craig Monks, Norman Morrison
and Dougie Mair were as bemused as the rest of the audience. Rumour
has it that Paul Sermanni's wife (not shown) is still suspicious of
his activities that evening!
Quote "Good logistics organisation, good facilities, excellent
lecturers and a good mix of Delegates")
Academic Quality Assurance - Programme
The establishment and maintenance of
the highest academic standards of excellence has been, from the inception
of the programme, the prime consideration of the ten university partners.
However, with such a large consortium of autonomous universities who
jointly own the programme, yet individually develop modules and offer
academic awards, there were no existing simple procedures for quality
assessment and control that could be implemented.The
consortium solved this conundrum by establishing a single Validation
Panel* to act on behalf of the individual universities.
The Panel was convened during the Autumn
of 1999 and undertook a detailed scrutiny of the complete Programme
including the academic and technical content, administrative and management
infrastructure and the procedures for quality assurance. The outcome
of Validation was a 'clean bill of health' and congratulations from
the panel upon the high quality of this novel programme. The panel made
a number of recommendations to reinforce the high academic standards
and quality assurance, which have all been implemented and incorporated
in the published Programme Regulations and other academic documents.
Members of the Panel
are eminent academics, independent of the consortium, and practicing
engineers from industry. The photograph was taken during a meeting at
the University of York with the panel members in the front row, from
the left, Professor Marc van Rossum - IMEC, Belgium, Dr Roger Peel -
University of Surrey, Professor Hilary Kahn - University of Manchester,
Professor Kel Fidler (Chair) - University of York, Dr John Ellis - Mitel
Semiconductor, Professor Peter Ivey - University of Sheffield, Mr Tony
Watson (Secretary) University of Surrey, Professor David Kinniment -
University of Newcastle.
*("Validation" is the
quality assurance process by which a university judges a programme of
study to be appropriate to the academic award).
Congratulations to Liz Lewis & Simon Muirhead who have been chosen
by their peers to be Delegate Representatives on the IGDS Academic Board
Measurements & Chinese
Module 6 (Measurement
Techniques and Failure Analysis) under the direction of Professor Tony
Peaker, was delivered at UMIST last summer. This module provided delegates
with in-depth descriptions of the analytical techniques and best practices
used in a manufacturing environment, to enhance manufacturing yield
and wafer throughput. Delegates and lecturers celebrated the successful
conclusion to the Residential Week with a well earned banquet in one
of Manchester's renowned Chinese restaurants.
photograph shows some of the Delegates and lecturers relaxing beside
the well known Vimto carving at UMIST
(Delegate Quote "The Module was
very good, up to date and well detailed")
A highly successful "dotcom"
site was launched during October 2000, namely the website 'http://www.icprocessing.com'
for our IGDS MSc Programme.
The site was designed and
implemented by David Oliver, a young newly graduated media engineer,
working in the IGDS Office. His brief was to design a site suitable
both for marketing and publicity purposes and, also, as a vehicle for
communications between Delegates, lecturers and the IGDS Office. The
photograph shows a view of the Home Page - YES - navigation is intuitive
so it is easy for a visitor to find the page required.
The majority of the buttons on
the Home Page take the visitor to pages containing factual information
about the Programme, for example, to details of the Modules, Partner
Profiles, organisation and management. The "Calendar" includes delivery
dates & venues of the forthcoming modules and details of various management
A click on " University
Network for the Silicon Industry" takes the visitor to pages
containing a description of the umbrella network under which the Programme
operates. Other 'hot buttons' take the visitor directly to the EPSRC,
IGDS and NMI homepages.
"Photograph Gallery" contains interesting digital images of Delegates,
social events and records of activities undertaken by the Delegates
during the residential weeks. A click on "WebBoard" takes the visitor
into the online communications vehicle for the Programme, however this
section is password protected and is not open to the outside world!
Currently, WebBoard is still being implemented, but later this year
it will give all Delegates "online" access to administrative documents
relating to the delivery of forthcoming Modules.
A trip to the sea…………….
Module 8 (Power Devices
& Processes) was delivered during November/December 2000 at the University
of Wales Swansea, under the Guidance of Professor Phil Mawby. The attractive
location of the University, looking across Swansea Bay (now devoid of
heavy industry) and the conveniently located hotel accommodation in
The Mumbles, just along the promenade, provided a good setting for a
challenging week of study, when Delegates were introduced to power device
physics, processing and applications.
photograph shows Delegates outside the Department of Electrical
Engineering during a sunny break. Also in the picture are Professor
Phil Mawby, the Module Convenor, Professor Vitezslav Benda, visiting
Lecturer from the Technical University of Prague and Professor Peter
Hemment the IGDS Programme Director. (Delegate
Quote "Being lectured to by so many experts and having the opportunity
of talking with them was brilliant!!)
The residential week ended
with a memorable banquet in Clyne Hall, University
of Swansea, which is attractively located on the hillside overlooking
the bay. We were honoured to have Professor William Gosling as a guest
speaker, who reminisced about the early development of semiconductor
devices in the 1940's/50's/60's, a period when he held senior management
posts at Plessey, Caswell.
(Delegate Quotes "Everything is
well covered and the documentation is generally excellent"..."There's
a lot of it!!!"..."A well organised moduel and a good introduction
to Power Devices")
A message from Clive
Chief Executive of the National Microelectronics Institute:
"UP AND RUNNING"
The IGDS MSc Programme in Advanced Silicon Processing & Manufacturing
Technologies, is now truly underway. Four modules have been delivered
and the fifth is underway, six further modules are scheduled for delivery
during 2001 and you can find more details in this newsletter and on
This is your initiative.
It has been established to meet UK industry's needs for high quality
and up to date continuing development for our engineering staff. I encourage
you all to make full use of it.
The response of delegates
has been very encouraging. The University Consortium has established
an academic quality control mechanism and has support of industrial
advisors, to ensure the technical content of all the modules.
I would like to thank everyone,
from companies and universities, who has been involved with the development
of the programme. Peter Hemment and Sandy Peace have provided the drive
that is always needed to progress any collaborative programme. All of
the University staff have worked hard to develop and deliver the modules
to schedule. The enthusiastic support of the companies has ensured the
inclusion of the latest technologies to the Programme.
With your continued support
of the Programme, we will be able to develop the skills base in the
UK to maximise our industry's productivity and effectiveness. Dr Clive
Dyson March 2001