Strengthening our ties with universities across the North West

MGF have supported university students in their studies since 2013, working in collaboration with lecturers and student bodies to develop the skills and knowledge of the future generation of engineers.

Our current cohort features three University of Salford students where our team of design engineers have been supporting their dissertation and advising on routes to take to conclude their findings; five foundation year students at the University of Manchester that have received a scholarship from MGF towards their studies and a PhD student at the University of Liverpool who has been mentored by Steve Hesketh, MGF Engineering Director, as part of his research program.

Oliver, Mia and Ben from the University of Salford have worked with MGF engineers to identify areas of research that can be explored in their dissertations. Oliver is researching the adoption of carbon calculator tools for the assessment of temporary works schemes; Mia is examining the use and benefits of high-performance steels in construction and Ben is investigating the use of composite panels incorporating honeycombed concrete.

Jingren, studying for a PhD in Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool has recently published a joint paper with Steve Hesketh and one of our Design Engineers, on extending the use of the current Structural Steelwork Design Eurocodes for high performance steels applications in temporary works products and is now completing prototype load testing to develop the concept further.

Christie, Keyah, Arash, Rayan and Shadat are studying a variety of engineering courses at the University of Manchester: Civil, Aeronautical, Mechanical and Chemical. Sponsoring a foundation year allows talented students to have the support and confidence they need to succeed, focus on their education and provides the opportunity to try new experiences and grow their ambitions. MGF are delighted to sponsor this team of five and wish them every success as they continue their education through their degree.

The scholarships are mainly used to help attract talent into the industry, providing a vital link with academia that enables better understanding of temporary works for students and in turn leads to vital collaborative research projects being carried out by the Universities. A number of these research programmes have already successfully delivered innovation to the industry.

Steve Hesketh, Engineering Director