Chris Aylett Introduction


Chris Aylett

The first Autosport Show that I attended as CEO of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) was in January 1998 and I never would have thought that by meeting Roger Dowden and the Engineering Team from Swansea Institute, that 20 years later over 2500 students would have been enrolled on the Motorsport Engineering Degree Programmes which I encouraged Swansea Institute to start.

The first Autosport Show that I attended as CEO of the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) was in January 1998 and I never would have thought that by meeting Roger Dowden and the Engineering Team from Swansea Institute, that 20 years later over 2500 students would have been enrolled on the Motorsport Engineering Degree Programmes which I encouraged Swansea Institute to start.

I was delighted to attend the first Graduation Day in July 2001 and the MIA has fully supported the programme since then, and also employed several graduates and offered many of the students work experience at some of our business events.  Despite the various name changes, the university has developed and now offers qualifications from HND to Masters, which is a real credit to the perseverance and enthusiasm of the staff and the students.  Not all university programmes work so hard at delivering relevant programmes which help the graduates gain employment in the motorsport industry, with good relevant experience from the race teams which are run during their courses.

I am sure that the impending move to the Swansea waterfront, with the improved facilities, will allow this institution of excellent motorsport education to continue for many years to come, and the MIA will support them all the way.  Congratulations to everyone involved and good luck for the future.

Guest Lecture from Profesor of Practice Iley