Training & Skills Hub in Quantum Systems Engineering: The Quantum Enterprise Hub

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Physics


Our ambition is to build upon the already successful Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training (QE-CDT) at the
University of Bristol and partner with Cranfield University's Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship to create a world-leading
Hub to train entrepreneurially-minded quantum systems engineers ready for a career in the emerging Quantum Technology
(QT) industry.
The 'Quantum Enterprise Hub' has 3 key components: Quantum Systems Engineering; Enterprise, Entrepreneurship and
Innovation; and Connectivity. The Hub will have unrivalled international excellence in Quantum Engineering, surrounded by
world-class expertise in all areas of Systems Engineering and the scientific and technological application areas of QT at the
University of Bristol. We will work in partnership with Cranfield University, whose internationally recognised MBA and
Ventures Programme will provide the industrially relevant management, entrepreneurship, innovation, and design
components of the Hub. Connectivity will be delivered through our network of partners, including the UK National Network
of Quantum Technology Hubs, the award winning SETSquared Partnerships and EngineShed, and other academic and
industrial partners, working on joint projects and secondments, networking events, Venture Days, investor showcase
events, seminars, coaching and mentoring, and other events that will enable students to establish their own broad network
of contacts.
We have designed the Quantum Enterprise Hub in collaboration with a number of academic and industry experts, and
included as partners those who will add substantially to the training experience of our students and fellows. Through this
process, a consistent picture of the skills that industry requires for future quantum systems engineers has emerged:
innovators who can tackle the hardest intellectual challenges and recognise the end goal of their research, with an ability to
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move from fundamental physics towards the challenges of engineering and developing practical systems, who understand
the capabilities of other people (and why they are useful). Industry needs people with good decision-making,
communication and management skills, with the ability to work across discipline boundaries (to a deadline and a budget)
and build interdisciplinary teams, with the ability to translate a problem from one domain to another. Relevant work
experience, knowledge of entrepreneurship, industrial R&D operations, and business practices are essential.
We believe that the Quantum Enterprise Hub is something new and exciting with the potential to attract and train the best
and brightest students and fellows to ensure that the resulting capacity is world-class and novel, thus providing real and
lasting benefits to the UK economy.

Planned Impact

The Quantum Enterprise Hub is designed to accelerate the development of a new Quantum Technologies industry
anchored in the UK. It advances four critical areas of impact: People, Economy, Knowledge, and Society. First and
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foremost, this Hub will provide training and professional development to deliver cohorts of entrepreneurially minded
quantum systems engineers. Training the next generation of engineers to work in the UK's new knowledge economy is a
critical task and this Hub will create a pipeline of highly skilled people for industry and academia. These engineers will
produce new quantum businesses in the form of spin-out and start-up ventures, licensing and partnership opportunities
with existing companies, interaction with the necessary standards bodies and government, and ultimately engagement with
the general public. The shared experiences between our collaborators, industry, and the Hub cohorts will underpin the cocreation
and development of new devices, products, procedures, and services. All of these activities will lead to new
business opportunities and ultimately wealth creation for the UK, part of which will be redirected with inward investment
back into the UK research community to create a self-sustaining ecosystem of development.
In addition to new enterprises, it is expected that the highly trained students and fellows from the Hub will produce scientific
advances, new techniques, and technologies that contribute both to the quantum revolution and to the wider scientific and
technology communities. All new breakthroughs and technologies will be encouraged to be licensable, free of charge, to
any other academic effort after being suitably protected for IP. Finally, it is expected that in the next 5-20 years quantum
technologies will be involved in a plethora of applications such as secure mobile communications; defence, intelligence and
security, design and modelling of pharmaceuticals, and personal health-monitoring which will ultimately contribute to our
lives, society, and economy, enhancing our quality of life.
The Hub will maximise its impact through the following approaches:
* Systems Engineering, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Training, and Incubation support;
* Industrial and Academic Secondments;
* Blended Online and Short Courses;
* Industrial Engagement and Training;
* Co-location with Academic and Industrial Partners;
* an Annual Conference and Investor Showcase;
* and Outreach activities aimed at industry and the general public.


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