University of Sheffield number one in UK for engineering research income and investment

University of Sheffield number one in UK for engineering research income and investment

The Insigneo Institute is very proud to be a part of the University of Sheffield which has been named as the top university in the UK for income and investment in engineering research, according to new data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Congratulations to all of our members and colleagues across the Faculty of Engineering!

In 2017-18, the University attracted £124 million for engineering research from a range of organisations across the world, throughout the UK and from the Sheffield City Region. This includes funders such as Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the European Commission and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as well as investment from industrial partners.

The figures further cement the University of Sheffield’s position as a global leader for engineering research and teaching.

Engineering research is delivered by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and its Faculty of Engineering. This fundamental and translational research addresses real world problems and leads to innovations that benefit a wide-range of people, improving quality of life, creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

University of Sheffield engineering research covers a breadth of sectors, including manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and energy. Investment is helping researchers at the University to develop and harness emerging technologies in artificial intelligence (AI), digitisation and robotics.

Recent investment in engineering research at the University of Sheffield has led to the unveiling of three new multi-million pound research centres, which aim to boost the Sheffield City Region’s reputation as a hub for advanced engineering and industrial technologies.

In the last two years, partnerships between the AMRC and Boeing as well as the AMRC and McLaren Automotive have led to new facilities in the Sheffield City Region.

Boeing has opened its first European manufacturing facility in Sheffield alongside the University’s Factory 2050, which is part of the University’s AMRC. McLaren Automotive opened its £50 million McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) next to the AMRC, which will build carbon fibre chassis for McLaren’s new models from 2020 – creating around 200 jobs and providing an estimated £100 million of GVA (gross value added) benefit to the local economy by 2028.

Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “This is a monumental achievement for Sheffield. Having a university in the North of England leading in engineering research income and investment is a tremendous boost for the Northern Powerhouse as we seek to boost the aerospace, nuclear and manufacturing sectors and rebalance the UK economy.

“I would like to thank all our staff at our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Faculty of Engineering for the hard work, innovation and creativity that has made this possible.”

The University of Sheffield’s world class engineering research covers all engineering disciplines. Its researchers work with industry to address industry problems, using the University’s state-of-the-art facilities that are appropriate for industrial-scale research.

The University of Sheffield AMRC and Faculty of Engineering work with partners of all sizes, from global companies to SMEs.

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