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Senior leader engineers success with honorary degree

Senior leader engineers success with honorary degree

A senior leader has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of Wolverhampton for his contribution to engineering and manufacturing in the region.

Clive Hickman, who has over 36 years’ engineering experience in the automotive industry, has been awarded a Doctor of Engineering in recognition of his business achievements.

Prior to joining the Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd (MTC) based in Coventry, in January 2011, Clive had worked in several roles within the automotive industry.  Born in Coseley, he gained a First Class Honours Degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

He was a senior engineer with Rover Group before becoming a director at the Motor Industry Research Association and later joining Ricardo Consulting Engineers where he held a seat on the board of Ricardo Plc and was Managing Director of Ricardo UK Ltd.

Clive has worked on a wide range of vehicle programmes including the development of a unique Bentley which, along with Dr Phaefgan of Volkswagen, he presented to Her Majesty the Queen in 2002. 

As Head of Engineering for Tata Motors in India, he was responsible for 6,000 engineers and the introduction of the Nano (the ‘people’s car’) in India and the Vista electric vehicle in the UK.  He is currently Chief Executive of the Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd.

Clive said: “It is a huge honour and privilege to be awarded this degree, especially as I studied for my Engineering Degree at the University of Wolverhampton.”

Honorary awards are presented by the University of Wolverhampton to people who have made a significant contribution to their field of expertise. 

The University’s graduation ceremonies take place at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, from Thursday 13th September to Friday 21st September 2018.

For information about courses to study at the University visit the website.


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