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Education

I was one of the last generations of UK engineers that had a quality  training, which included a balanced program of academic and
concurrent vocational training. The vocational training element was provided by industry, the cost of which was funded jointly by the Government and the company via the EITB. The academic element was provided by the excellent Grammar Schools, Polytechnics and Universities that we used to have in the UK. All this was scrapped in the 1980's by the Thatcher government. Likewise, the socialist scrapped our excellent Grammar Schools and we now have a system of higher education, with dumbed down courses, third rate 'new universities' and the quality of education now depends on your finances and not merit, just like the USA. I believe that a lot of this was in response to the "brain drain". Our Engineers were first class, but were then stolen by the USA and Europe, who offered decent salaries rather than the pittance paid by UK companies.  
Early

My secondary education was completed at Lymm Grammar School. With five GCE 'O' Levels, I was desperate to do some real Electronics, shed my school uniform and was fortunate to  obtain an EITB apprenticeship with Mullard Hazel Grove - a semiconductor manufacturer, part of the Dutch Philips group. 

Undergraduate, Training

With training, I studied concurrently for an OND and then I went on to Manchester Polytechnic to do a three year Higher National Diploma (HND) course in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Finally, I did the Engineering Council part 2 examinations (CEI part 2), in Electronic Engineering. This enabled me to become registered with the UK Engineering Council, and a  Chartered Engineer in 1983.  At 22 years old, fully trained and educated, I launched myself into a career as an Electronic Design Engineer. 

Postgraduate

Later I took advantage of the UK government Alvey Initiative and studied for a one year taught M.Sc degree in Information Systems Engineering at London South Bank University

This included Discrete Maths, Advanced Architectures, Software Engineering and programming and Data Communications. I submitted a dissertation on the design of fast response modems at GEC Signals.

I returned from the USA (brain drain) in 1990, and signed up for another M.Sc, this time in Signal Processing and Machine Intelligence at Surrey University

This included Image processing, Signal Analysis, Speech processing, Digital filtering, Statistics and Random processes, AI, Computer Vision, Pattern recognition, Coding, Signal detection.  I completed the course, but not my dissertation - I had run out of money and had been offered a contract in Italy. 





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Philip Robinson,
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Philip Robinson,
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