We are excited to announce that Dr Perry Hailey joins Canterbury Christ Church University to lead on the engagement of industry and schools with the Kent and Medway Engineering, Design, Growth and Enterprise EDGE Hub, a major initiative designed to support the regional economy by addressing higher level skills shortages in STEM subjects. The University is working alongside businesses and industry to develop the EDGE Hub, ensuring it produces high-skilled, work-ready graduates to support the Kent and Medway economy, while strongly promoting inclusivity, diversity and innovation.
Perry will be key in engaging with businesses located in Kent, providing a valuable point of contact, both inwards to the University, and external to businesses who operate in Engineering related fields.
A stated aim of KM EDGE is to ensure that the curriculum is industry relevant and will produce students who are ‘industry ready’. A vital aspect of that is to ensure that the voices of industry are heard and that the disciplines of automation, robotics, AI, advanced manufacturing as well as the basic engineering skills are developed and taught at CCCU. I am passionate that industry has its say in the curriculum, the new STEM building at CCCU and the design of the engineering labs. Additionally, a project based approach based around the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) will help develop work placed skills that will ensure students can contribute to employers from the start of employment.
Perry joins Christ Church with extensive experience in various sectors. He has worked in the Pharmaceutical industry (Eli Lilly, Pfizer, GSK) for 20 years in roles ranging from drug development, process technologies, automation and robotics and large scale manufacturing systems, including process analytical and real-time release technologies supporting regulatory filings. Operational roles at Gatwick included responsibilities for passenger processing systems, commercial, airfield and engineering systems, most notably the introduction of award winning novel technologies, including facial recognition biometrics and processes to support processing passenger through security screening. Latter roles in IT included roles in Finance and recently within IT at CCCU. Perry is 6 sigma Black Belt and Lean trained.
Perry studied chemistry at King’s College, London and went to obtain a PhD in analytical chemistry. He has 14 referred publications in the area of process control, manufacturing engineering, analytical chemistry and Chemometrics.