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PhD Student Becomes TWI Project Leader

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Tue, 04 February, 2020

Ewan Hoyle, a former PhD student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David under the Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS), has become a Project Leader at TWI’s Technology Centre in Wales.  

Ewan joined TWI Wales to study for his PhD, after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Physics (BSc) from the University of Bristol. This opportunity was a result of the partnership between TWI Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David under the KESS operation, which is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF) through the Welsh Government.

Ewan studied advanced ultrasonic imaging techniques for non-destructive testing (NDT), specialising in advanced virtual source aperture imaging, a new, rapid NDT testing technique.

Continuously supported by his academic and industrial supervisors, Ewan enjoyed the opportunity to publish his work at numerous international conferences, as well as in internationally recognised journals.

“I am very grateful the university and to TWI for providing me with this opportunity to study. It has given me an insight into the industry and has set me up perfectly to thrive in my new role. I’m very excited to start commercialising the techniques I have developed during my studies to help advance the NDT industry as a whole.”

Ewan Hoyle, Project Leader

Ewan now works as a Project Leader and is awaiting his final viva examination to pass his PhD.

KESS 2 involves all universities in Wales, and is led by Bangor University. Following the highly successful KESS project between 2009 and 2014, KESS 2 is now in the second round of funding and will provide 645 scholarships over the course of six years. Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a major pan-Wales operation supported by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Welsh Government. KESS 2 links companies and organisations with academic expertise in the Higher Education sector in Wales to undertake collaborative research projects, working towards a PhD or Research Masters qualification. Research elements are integrated with a higher-level skills training programme, leading to a Postgraduate Skills Development Award.

Ewan Hoyle demonstrating ultrasonic imaging techniques.
Ewan Hoyle demonstrating ultrasonic imaging techniques.

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