Prof Clifford Friend
From: National Manufacturing Debate 2013, Cranfield University.
21st May 2013
21 May 2013 Manufacturing channel
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Welcome to Cranfield University - Professor Clifford Friend, Acting Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University
The National Manufacturing Debate is an annual event hosted by Cranfield University. The event brings together manufacturing professionals from a range of sectors to discuss and debate current challenges in the industry, and encourage networking and collaboration across the sector to enable continued and long-term growth. Now into its fourth successful year, this FREE event will take place over two days, 20 and 21 May 2013.
The UK will drop from its current ranking as 15th most competitive manufacturing nation to 19th over in five years' time, and will be increasingly challenged to maintain a competitive edge by emerging nations such as Brazil and India, according to the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index report from Deloitte. This timely event will therefore examine whether the UK really needs a manufacturing strategy, what such a strategy should include and who should deliver it.
A graduate of the University of Surrey, Clifford has held academic posts with Cranfield University since 1984, latterly as Deputy Vice-Chancellor. A materials engineer by formal training, he has held visiting posts in Göteborg, Sweden and in Barcelona. He is a repeat member of the EPSRC Peer Review College with technical interests which include biomedical materials and devices, biomimetics and 'smart' materials and structures.
He was recipient of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining's Holliday Prize and his expertise is frequently called upon to assist commercial clients, professional institutions around the world and UK government agencies, ranging from DTI and EPSRC to MOD.
He has held Public Awareness of Science grants from the Royal Society, Millennium Fund and EPSRC, and has acted as an expert for the media, appearing regularly on radio and television.
He has also written for broadsheet newspapers and magazines, including New Scientist and the Financial Times.