To establish Nottingham as a world leading University for aerospace R&D


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To establish Nottingham as a world leading University for aerospace R&D

  • To establish Nottingham as a world leading University for aerospace R&D

  • To realise this vision by implementing major infrastructure development and investing in the research base

  • To establish new research and technology transfer activities with a strong fit to sector priorities

  • To strengthen strategic relationships with funding bodies and key industrial partners



Nottingham’s current aerospace research portfolio is £35-40 million – including £20 million in EPSRC funding and involving >50 academic experts

  • Nottingham’s current aerospace research portfolio is £35-40 million – including £20 million in EPSRC funding and involving >50 academic experts

  • Key programmes include:

    • 2 Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres (UTCs): Gas Turbine Transmissions & Manufacturing (1997-)
    • GE Aviation/ EPSRC “SMARTPACT” strategic partnership in Advanced Electrical Power & Actuation Systems (2005-11)
    • EPSRC funded Nottingham Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (NIMRC, 2001–11, £16m)
    • EU/ Industry Clean Sky JTI – Systems for Green Operations – UoN is only University with associate member status – (2008-15, €10.3m)
    • 5 EPSRC Platform Grants related to Aerospace Technologies - highest number at any UK university


Supporting aerospace innovation regionally & nationally - providing a pipeline from our fundamental (TRL 1-3) to applied (TRL 4-6) research

  • Supporting aerospace innovation regionally & nationally - providing a pipeline from our fundamental (TRL 1-3) to applied (TRL 4-6) research

  • To support three key elements:

    • Enhance basic research infrastructure (Aerospace Research Centre), manufacturing equipment & measurement techniques for materials/ structures (CAMERA)
    • New infrastructure for applied research & development via the Aerospace Technology Centre
    • Increased business engagement & knowledge transfer activities, supported by dedicated Project & Business Manager
  • Total investment will be £9.3million, with £3.6million from European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)



700 m2 of new office and laboratory space at University Park, underpinning research on More Electric Aircraft and Clean Sky JTI

  • 700 m2 of new office and laboratory space at University Park, underpinning research on More Electric Aircraft and Clean Sky JTI

  • Opening 14 Dec 2010



A dedicated research & knowledge transfer centre

  • A dedicated research & knowledge transfer centre

  • Multi-disciplinary, integrated projects building on our leading basic research, evolving towards large-scale demonstrators

  • 1850 m2 of new office and laboratory space at University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) - opening early 2012



Collaborative research & development

  • Collaborative research & development

  • Business engagement events

  • CPD and skills training

  • Graduate placements



Collaborative research funded via UK government, research councils, EU, industry

  • Collaborative research funded via UK government, research councils, EU, industry

  • Key topics include:

  • Advanced materials

  • Advanced manufacturing

  • Applied optics & nondestructive evaluation (NDE)

  • Electromagnetics

  • Polymer composites

  • Power electronics, machines & control

  • Satellite navigation technologies

  • Structural integrity & dynamics

  • Thermodynamics & fluid mechanics



Attend/ present at:

  • Attend/ present at:

    • Technical seminars
    • Showcasing events
  • Coordinate with others’ events

    • Midlands Aerospace Alliance
    • Aerospace & Defence KTN
    • Transport iNet









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