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Department of Materials

Male student in lab coat working in the screen printing lab

Socially responsible graduates

Successive generations of materials students are far more demanding and appreciative of a teaching approach that emphasises care and consideration of the environment when applying research methods.

The Department of Materials aims to have at least 35% of its taught modules containing significant examples of a socially responsible approach.

One example of this approach is contained in the final year business plan module. This course takes ideas generated by our students for renewable and sustainable power generation, and aspects of materials research are applied in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way. Examples from the past have included energy-generating floors and windows, and coatings to extend the life of marine installations.

Student volunteering

The Department is also proactive in encouraging students to volunteer for projects with the University and has its own partnership with the University of Amrita in Kerala, India. In July and August every year, groups of our students visit India to take part in the Live-in-Labs programme.

Amrita has an ongoing set of projects aimed at improving the lives of people living in remote villages:

  • Smiling children in Kerala, India
  • A hand under a water tap in India
  • A woman talking to children in a house in Kerala, India
  • People in Kerala, India holding up bottles of water
  • People in Kerala, India stood in the mud and holding umbrellas
  • People writing on a wall in Kerala, India
  • People sharing food in Kerala, India
  • Solar power structure in Kerala, India
  • Close up of Indian coins
  • A woman teaching adults and children in Kerala, India
  • Men and children stood in the rain in Kerala, India
  • Men and children smiling in Kerala, India