Engineering and Technology

Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise (EDGE) Hub

EDGE Hub is an ambitious and far reaching initiative, designed to unlock regional economic growth and employment in engineering, science and technology sectors.

With industry partners we have developed a new and exciting model to deliver STEM education, enterprise and research to help expand the region's inward investment potential.

The current challenges faced by companies in Kent and Medway require innovative solutions for them to thrive and compete with developments such as the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine for Growth.


"This new facility will be worth up to an estimated £11m a year to the Kent and Medway economy and will add an additional 1,250 graduates with higher level engineering and technology skills into the labour market by 2024."

Professor Rama ThirunamachandranProfessor Rama Thirunamachandran Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University

EDGE Hub is a distinct partnership-based and industry-facing business proposition. Specifically, in Kent and Medway, it will offer the region:

  • Technical and professional education opportunities in engineering, product design and technology, including degree apprenticeships, undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • A new engineering and technology innovation service that will work with small businesses, larger companies, inventors and entrepreneurs to take innovations from prototype to the market.
  • Business-focused PhD, masters, undergraduate and commercial research projects to support local companies.
    • Short courses and continuing professional development opportunities that are business-focused to meet the needs of small and larger companies.
  • Creative and innovative graduates that employers require for a more diverse workforce, while promoting participation and social mobility in higher education.

"What is needed, the missing piece of the jigsaw if you like, is the facilitation of networking so that SMEs can access useful 'nuggets' of knowledge across a diverse range of disciplines. This would be very helpful from an innovation point of view"

SME, Discovery Park

"In the current economic climate, business support for local and regional companies is of even greater importance and EDGE Hub initiatives, delivered through an industry-facing partnership, will help us enormously to develop our businesses, knowledge and skills. It will also provide a critical platform for research and development, and innovation, in taking the ideas of local companies to market."

Paul Winter UK Managing Director, Wire Belt Company Ltd


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