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MGI to sponsor development programme at the University of Cambridge

March 16, 2023

MGI Engineering is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring a development programme in partnership with the Møller Centre at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge. 

The leadership and development programme will be offered to the talented students in engineering and physical sciences department. The programme is an extra curriculum course designed to get engineering students tackling real problems and learn the skills they will need in the workplace. The programme will also include direct involvement of MGI including summer internships, support by the team and will utilise world-class CPD technology.

MGI CEO and Founder, Mike Gascoyne was a former student of Churchill College, where he studied for his first degree and for a PhD in Fluid Dynamics in 1982 before heading to the pinnacle of motorsport, Formula 1, spending over 25 years in several lead technical roles. Today, through MGI, the company focuses on developing carbon free electrical flight by applying lightweight F1 solutions, systems and processes to these emerging industries.

Mike is motivated to help the new generation of engineers leave university with more practical skills. He wanted to ensure that universities, through the curriculum, allow future engineers to design tangible solutions. The sponsorship came about through Mike’s involvement with Churchill College, in September 2022, he gave a talk on the future of carbon-free aviation.

The Møller Centre was originally opened by Her Majesty Queen, Ingrid of Denmark, in 1992. The facilities act as a ‘Centre for Excellence’ and its expansion and improvement in 2015 has ensured it remains a hub of pioneering excellence.

Dr. Rachel Thorley, Fellow in Engineering at Churchill College said: “We’re really excited about the launch of Churchill College’s new leadership programme. Especially the opportunity for students to harness their curiosity and creativity and make their mark on real-world projects during their studies. Thanks to Mike and his team, for your support in starting this venture!”

MGI Engineering CEO Mike Gascoyne said: “I greatly enjoyed my time at Churchill College and have been able to utilise my experience throughout my career. I was able to further develop skills that have allowed me to succeed but I want to continue to push the new talent coming through to their maximum potential. I am thrilled to be able to sponsor this programme in collaboration with the Møller Centre. I’m passionate about supporting the next generation of engineering and give them opportunities to develop and come up with their own solutions to make a difference in the world.”