Sheffield Uni top for engineering research income & investment

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The University of Sheffield has become the top UK university for income and investment in engineering research, overtaking Imperial College London.

Data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveals that, in 2017-18, the University of Sheffield 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.

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.

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.

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.”