The first International Innovation Management MSc students graduated this month, and some of the MADE Cymru team went along to congratulate them.

What is innovation management?

Innovation acts as the driving force for research and development, design, manufacturing, marketing and business development. The MSc programme and the short course were developed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how the management of innovation can make a difference to people, organisations and customers.

We caught up with two of the graduates to ask them how they felt about the Course and how it has helped them at work.

Nick Parton, Senior Propulsion Engineer, BAE Systems:

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying the MADE Cymru International Innovation Management MSc. The experience and connections with the lecturers were a huge benefit as we were able to talk about real life issues every week.

With a passion for innovation, it was a breath of fresh air to see so many companies question their strategies and really drive continuous improvement.

I am currently working at BAE Systems where new innovation projects are starting to feed through the business. I hope to use the tools I’ve learnt over the last 24 months and be an active member of the next R&D project.

I am still looking at continuing my academic studies and hope to find a suitable project to possibly gain a PhD in the future.

A special thanks to all lecturers, fellow students and all the background staff for making the course so enjoyable.”

Rikki Thomas, Senior Manufacturing Engineer/Maintenance Manager, CyDen Ltd:

My name is Rikki Thomas the Senior Manufacturing Engineer/Maintenance Manager at CyDen Ltd Swansea, and we are the market leaders in IPL home hair removal devices. Since leaving Ford Motor Co. nearly three years ago, my role has seen me grow the company’s production capacity exponentially to meet demand.

The International Innovation Management MSc course was insightful, innovative, and boasting a plethora of guest speakers from throughout the globe, each sharing invaluable experiences and knowledge, which I would highly recommend for anyone interested.

The diverse structure and course detail will most definitely aid in my progression in the area of engineering.

With innovation at the heart of the company, therein lies the attraction and satisfaction of my current role. Future aspirations would be to complete the Black Belt Six Sigma qualification and gain a Chartership, with the aim of attaining Engineering Manager at some point in the near future.

Alan Mumby, Innovation Management Lecturer, MADE Cymru:

I travelled down to Swansea to witness the first graduating students receive their MSc in International Innovation Management.

A great day for the students, they should be proud of their achievements, which came about through their hard work and dedication. To the management and staff of UWTSD, I’d say you can also be justifiably proud of your achievements, this programme in itself is innovative – and is a major departure from traditional methods of teaching, well done to everyone. Me? Nicely pleased…

Study Innovation Management with MADE Cymru

There is still time to sign up for the Business Improvement with Innovation Management short course. This is fully funded by European Social Fund via Welsh Government and accredited by University of Wales Trinity Saint David. It has been designed to be work friendly with classes taking place online and taught by industry experts. The funding for all our courses ends in 2023 so please don’t miss out on this opportunity.

Find out about all the MADE Cymru short courses here (we are currently enrolling for October)