A Higher Degree of Protection

15 March 2024

VIP guests, customers and Leonardo colleagues gathered at the Leonardo Training Academy in Lincoln yesterday, to celebrate the launch of a new partnership between Leonardo and the University of Lincoln.

The new Military Electronic Mission Protection (MEMP) course sees Leonardo and University of Lincoln come together to provide selected international students the accredited skills in mission data analytics to protect aircraft and their crews from ground-based and airborne threats.

The programme offers a deeper understanding of educational theory in electronic protection systems, with students able to undertake the course while working on real-life projects.

Left to right: Jason Cowell, VP, Integrated Mission Solutions, Leonardo; Jamie Garbutt, Head of Leonardo’s Lincoln Academy; Professor Neal Juster, University of Lincoln Vice Chancellor.

MEMP marks the first time that Leonardo has partnered with a Higher Education Provider to accredit a training course, with students receiving UK qualifications at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Science (MSc) levels.

MEMP is a modularised, tiered academic course structure that comprises over 50 individual training packages. The qualifications will be achieved through a mix of Leonardo examinations on delivered training packages and assignments which will be assessed by the University of Lincoln.

The University of Lincoln accreditation of MEMP also confirms the Leonardo Training Academy as approved Delivery Partner of the University, paving the way for possible future collaboration. The academy is already working with University of Lincoln School of Education department to offer the Postgraduate Certificate in Education to its training personnel.

The first international students are expected to enrol on MEMP later in 2024 and graduate from the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma courses in 2025. An additional year will be required to move into the MSc element.

Head of Leonardo’s Lincoln Academy, Jamie Garbutt, highlighted the importance of the partnership, saying: “I am proud to welcome everyone to the Leonardo Training Academy in Lincoln and the launch of the new accredited Military Electronic Mission Protection course.

“Leonardo has a long heritage of working alongside our armed forces to transform military capability and investing in the future of related skills, so we are excited to now be able to offer accredited training through our new partnership with University of Lincoln.

“The students who graduate from our MEMP course will have gained UK Postgraduate Awards to enhance their in-country capability, but also support future allied operations.”

After presenting Leonardo with the course accreditation award, the University of Lincoln Vice Chancellor, Professor Neal Juster, said: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Leonardo and to offer UK and international students opportunities to develop the knowledge required to better protect the missions they support from around the world. Our university was one of the first to receive the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award, demonstrating our commitment to the Armed Forces both here and abroad. 

“It is particularly exciting that this innovative training course has been developed here in Lincoln and positions the University and our partner Leonardo at the forefront of delivering these much sought-after skills.

“We look forward to working further with Leonardo. This is a unique partnership and one which values and recognises a growing variety of training skills for customer trainers.”