University teams up with brewing giant to develop talent

The University of Nottingham has agreed a new partnership with Molson Coors Brewing Company UK & Ireland which will see staff at both organisations working more closely with each other in the future.


Molson Coors has a long association with The University of Nottingham, and has been involved in various collaborations in the past, including funding a PhD student whose research paper on flavour stability in beer was presented at the EBC (European Brewing Convention) congress 2015 in Porto.

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Under the new agreement, Molson Coors will work with the University to support innovation and developing talented people through their MSc programme to enter the brewing industry.


One of the first initiatives will involve a funding award for full-time MSc Brewing Science students, covering 50 per cent of their course fee, and giving them the opportunity to undertake a three-month project at Molson Coors’ Burton brewery. The award will be given to up to two students every year for the next three years.

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Future collaborative projects are also being explored, including research, student placements and guest lectureships which will help to further strengthen the ties between the University and Molson Coors.

Molson Coors Brewing Company is the third largest brewer in the world, with a strong presence in three of the world’s largest markets; US, Canada, Europe, and Molson Coors International presence in nearly 80 countries.


In the UK & Ireland, Molson Coors has over 2,000 employees and breweries in Burton upon Trent, Tadcaster, Burtonwood, Sharp’s in Cornwall and Franciscan Well in Cork, Ireland. It has a diverse portfolio of owned and partner brands, including Carling, Coors Light, Staropramen, Cobra, Doom Bar, Rekorderlig, Bavaria and many more.


Speaking about the new partnership with The University of Nottingham, Roddy McEwan, Molson Coors’ Global Brewing Process Innovation Director, said: “At The University of Nottingham, the quality and quantity of brewing research is extremely high. I am also impressed by the professionalism of their staff, it’s always a pleasure to work with them.

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Molson Coors, as the third largest brewer in the world, can offer fantastic collaboration opportunities for staff and students to develop careers and meaningful links with the industry. We want to open our doors to The University of Nottingham, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities at our brewery in Burton upon Trent, the largest brewery in the UK.”


Ryan Keyworth, Director of Research and Enterprise, added: “It’s fantastic that Molson Coors and The University of Nottingham have agreed to work together even more closely in the future. When a forward-thinking business like Molson Coors teams up with academic experts and talented students, innovation is likely to happen. This partnership is a ‘win-win’ for both parties — Molson Coors get access to cutting edge research expertise and academic thinking, and our staff and students get the opportunity to apply their ideas to the real world and access state-of-the-art commercial brewing facilities.”