The next generation of leaders in the mining industry will require a broad range of skills that can be best learned in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, industry-focused education environment. MtM aims to produce “T-shaped” (Brown, 2015) graduates who can operate from an integrated systems perspective whilst at the same time having a strong discipline understanding and competence, as well as a sensitivity to engage constructively with different stakeholders (see Figure 3‑1).
Education and training of MtM post-graduate students and post-doctoral fellows occurs through mentorship, supervision of research projects, attendance at external and internal courses, as well as through involvement with the various MtM engagements. Degrees that have been undertaken by MtM post-graduates include MSc (Eng), MPhil specializing in Sustainable Mineral Resource Development (SMRD), MPhil in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE), MCom and PhD. MtM is also involved in undergraduate education, through the supervision of 4th year and honours students. MtM researchers feed their thinking back into the teaching of undergraduate courses in Chemical Engineering, Geology and Law. (in 2016, Professor Dee Bradshaw taught part of the 4th year Mineral Law course convened by Dr Cheri Young).