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Industrial collaboration

The School of Engineering has a long history of working together with local, national and international industry, business and government and non-government organisations, and we are committed to continually developing new partnerships.

We have delivered over 200 collaborative research projects across all our priority research areas with partners including Airbus, Arup, China Communication Construction, Cogent Power, GE Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Huawei, IQE, Mercedes-Benz, NASA, National Grid, Olympus, Renishaw, Tata Steel and Toshiba.

We collaborate with researchers across the globe, developing strong links with European institutions and organisations and have over 40 externally funded collaborative projects during the Research Excellence Framework period (2014-2020) with partners from Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Our strong partnerships with industry have enabled us to secure joint research projects attracting over £14m in industry funding during the same period from companies including Airbus, Renishaw, and Huawei.

Key collaborations

As a key member of the Compound Semiconductor Cluster initiative, the School of Engineering has attracted over £76m in grants, equipment and infrastructure. The School also co-leads the Centre for Development and Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing.

We are working with Tata Steel on advances in the manufacturing of magnetic materials and better heat waste recovery, and with the National Grid on improving the generation and supply of renewable energy and reducing damage from lightning strikes on composite materials. We have undertaken research with Rolls Royce to define best practice for measuring aircraft engine particulates which have been adopted by the United Nations as a global standard.

Work with us

We have acquired funding to support PhD studentships with support from our partners Airbus, Ampleon, Alstom, Arup, Aston Marton, Atkins, BRE, Charles Owen, Costain, Infineon, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, Merck Group, National Grid, Renishaw, Rolls Royce, RWE Energy, SKF, Tata Steel, Toshiba and others.

We work closely with industry and business on a range of service and consultancy projects, with partners including Sony, Costain and Tesla as well as the NHS Cedar Healthcare Technology Centre, supporting research and evaluation of e-medical devices and diagnostic devices.

Our Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with industry have allowed us to exchange expertise, create innovation, and improve efficiency as well as developing graduate employees.

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