Molson Coors and University raise glass to new partnership

 Molson Coors in Burton445
03 May 2017 08:00:00.000
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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Supporting Innovation
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% of their course fee, and giving them the opportunity to undertake a 3-month project at Molson Coors’ Burton brewery. The award will be given to up to two students every year for the next three years.

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.

In 80 countries
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’ European Brewing 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.

Collaboration opportunities
"Molson Coors 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.”

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

About Molson Coors Brewing Company
Molson Coors Brewing Company is the world’s third largest brewer. The Company’s operating segments include Canada, the United States, Europe and Molson Coors International (MCI). The Company has a diverse portfolio of owned and partner brands, including signature brands Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Staropramen and Carling. Molson Coors is listed on the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index, the most recognised global benchmark of sustainability among global corporations. For more information on Molson Coors Brewing Company, visit the company’s web site,

In the UK and Ireland, Molson Coors has over 2,000 employees and breweries in Burton upon Trent, Tadcaster, Burtonwood, Sharp’s brewery in Rock, Cornwall and Franciscan Well in Cork, Ireland. It has a market share of around 20% of the UK beer market and a portfolio that includes Carling, the UK's best-selling lager for more than three decades, Coors Light, the fastest growing beer in the UK top ten, Cobra, Grolsch, Doom Bar, Rekorderlig Bavaria, Blue Moon, Singha and many more.

For further information, contact the Molson Coors Corporate Press Office on 0207 025 6680 or email

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For more details contact Dr David Cook  Associate Professor of Brewing Scienceat the University of Nottingham, on +44(0)115 9516245
Nick King  

Nick King - Marketing and Communications Manager, Energy Research Accelerator (ERA)

Email: Phone: +44 (0)115 74 86727 Location: Coates Building, Faculty of Engineering, University Park Nottingham

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