Technical industries – science, engineering and technology – are worth around £220bn to the UK economy. These sectors need to grow but physics graduates are not choosing careers in technical industry because they don’t know what it has to offer.
To counter this trend, the Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE) has put £2m into the White Rose Industrial Physics Academy (WRIPA).
The academy’s role is to facilitate collaboration between students and industry. By giving students hands-on experience on research and development projects with industry. WRIPA will improve the quality of physics education and make students aware of career opportunities.
WRIPA is a collaboration between the universities of York, Sheffield, Hull, Nottingham and Leeds.