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About us

We are a leading engineering school, conducting internationally renowned research alongside teaching that places students at the centre of the learning experience.

We foster a friendly, supportive staff and student environment, and we encourage ideas and innovation. As an employer, we are committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities in the workplace. We currently hold an Athena Swan Bronze Award for our commitment to supporting women in engineering.

Our high standards and international reputation mean that we support around:

  • 1,550 undergraduate students
  • 200 postgraduate taught students
  • 207 postgraduate research students
  • 115 academic staff members
  • 213 research, technical and professional service staff members.

Our School is organised into three departments with associated research groups. This structure ensures that we maintain strength in our disciplinary expertise.

  • Architectural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical and Medical Engineering

Our undergraduate degree programmes and postgraduate degree programmes are closely aligned with the three departments, reflecting the expertise of our academic staff.


We pride ourselves on our vibrant research culture and have a very outward-looking approach to undertaking research, with many of our staff leading large-scale, internationally recognised research projects with world-leading organisations.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), we were ranked top in the UK for the impact of our research across all of our disciplines, ranked 1st in the UK for Civil Engineering and 7th in General Engineering, which incorporated our Mechanical and Electrical and Electronic Engineering Departments.

Working closely with industry, our undergraduate programmes are highly valued by employers. We are one of the very few engineering schools invited to be part of both the Power Academy and the Electronic Skills Foundation, which provide industrial experience, professional development courses and scholarships for our students.

We aim to provide a supportive, friendly and stimulating environment which allows students to fulfil their potential, while producing world-class research that benefits the local, national and international community.

Professor Jianzhong Wu Head of School, Engineering.