Dr Anna Chatzimichali, UWE Bristol, September 2022

The Covid recovery fund gave me the unique capacity to develop industrially relevant research directions and skills in new areas of work for me. The fund enabled expanding my research portfolio through an industrial placement with Gen3D and receiving customised training by an organisation called Academic Smartcuts.

Through my industrial placement with Gen3D, I had the opportunity to work closely with one of the most dynamic companies in the field and explore new research and development projects and initiatives. The company’s proprietary technology on next-generation implicit modelling techniques for complex geometry, allowed me to develop new skills centred around advanced design and additive manufacture. Also, my placement came at a critical and transitional point for the organisation. Witnessing its acquisition, exposed me to a range of business issues, which were opaque to me before. It sharpened my awareness and made me mindful of the role of the broader industrial landscape in relation to more practical aspects of technological evolution.

Additional support and customised training were also another significant part of the fund. Working with Academic Smartcuts, gave me a clearer idea and additional insights into creating effective funding applications. The customised training on designing, structuring, and planning, as well as on avoiding common pitfalls when drafting a research project was invaluable and something I will use throughout my career.

The Covid recovery fund was a pivotal opportunity to witness in practice how a mutually beneficial partnership between industry and academia work. Both the industrial placement and the external training allowed me to build a strong foundation for my future.