Sheffield University tops table for engineering income and investment

The university generated £124m in engineering research income and investment last year, more than Imperial

The University of Sheffield generated £124m in engineering research income and investment last year, the most of any university in the UK.

The newly released data also indicate the University of Sheffield has overtaken Imperial College London.

The figures are based on new data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) which show how much money was generated by institutions’ engineering research.

Its research output is managed by the university’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and faculty of engineering, and covers aerospace, automotive, energy, artificial intelligence, digitisation and robotics.

In 2018, the university opened three research centres in the city’s global innovation corridor in partnership with the private sector.

Sheffield counts among its funders Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the European Commission and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The AMRC has partnered with Boeing to open the aerospace company’s first manufacturing plant in Europe. It has also worked with McLaren Automotive to create a new £50m carbon fibre chassis plant in Sheffield which create 200 new jobs and add an estimated £100m to the local economy in the next ten years.

Prof Koen Lamberts, 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.”

Brian Holliday, managing director for Siemens Digital Factory, said: “The University of Sheffield’s investment in advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 has huge potential for both the UK and the Sheffield City Region. Investments such as this, complimented by the capabilities of the AMRC, make it easier for a company like Siemens to co-invest in these facilities and to jointly address advanced manufacturing challenges.”


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