What is the IGDS ?
The Integrated Graduate Development
Scheme (IGDS) is funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EPSRC) as a vehicle to provide modular part-time education/training
for graduates employed in industry. The delegates (students) gain industrially
orientated and market-driven postgraduate training whilst remaining
in full-time employment. Currently there are about fifty IGDS programmes
available which are supported by over four hundred companies covering
all sectors of industry from power generation, petrochemical, aerospace,
computers to microelectronics.
Each IGDS programme is set up and run
by a partnership of one or more universities working in close harmony
with the participating companies. In the case of this programme 'Advanced
Silicon Processing and Manufacturing Technologies' the partnership consists
of ten collaborating universities and the member companies of the UK
National Microelectronics Institute (NMI), who include multinational
silicon manufacturing companies, equipment vendors and materials suppliers.
Companies find the IGDS programme very
attractive as the programmes are market driven, cost effective and involve
minimal absences of the delegates (students) from the factory floor
The integrated nature (academia-industry) facilitates rapid application
of new knowledge and skills thereby promoting technological progress
The delegates benefit as the courses
are tailored to meet their particular needs, especially in extending
their technical and managerial abilities in the context of their companies
business. Delegates continue employment and therefore receive their
full-time salary whilst studying for a postgraduate qualification.
Administration of this Programme
- The role of the IGDS Office
Peace is the IGDS Programme Co-ordinator, she is based in the IGDS Office
located within the co-ordinating Partner Institution, the University
of Surrey, from where the Programme is administered. The Office acts
as the main point of contact for the Delegates, Partner Institutions,
the NMI and its member companies. Here all Delegate application and
registration procedures are co-ordinated, fees collected and all financial
aspects of the Programme are carried out.
Course records are collated onto a
central database, Delegates' records are recorded and archived, and
statistics supplied to the Partner Institutions and companies sponsoring
The IGDS Office supplies
support and liaison for Module production, facilitates the obligatory
residential period for each Module and is also responsible for all marketing
material and literature.
more information about the IGDS, visit the EPSRC website. Clicking on
the Igds logo (right) will take you to the relevant page.