University of Nottingham strengthens European ties ahead of Brexit

The East Midlands institution has signed a memorandum of understanding with a German university, and announced it will join European partners in working on next generation aircraft propulsion

The University of Nottingham has announced a new partnership with a German university.

A delegation from Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, visited the East Midlands on January 28, when the universities signed a memorandum of understanding.

The pair have already collaborated on research in areas including plant sciences, precision imaging and learning science, while student exchanges have taken place within Erasmus+. The agreement signed this week moves the partnership into dual Master’s programmes in economics, business and geography.

We are ensuring the UK is remaining a key player in European aerospace innovation
 – Professor Dame Jessica Corner

“We strongly believe that with joint efforts we can overcome the challenges of the coming Brexit,” said the University of Tübingen’s vice-chancellor, professor Dr Bernd Engler.

“The signing of the memorandum of understanding between our two universities will bring us a decisive step forward and will build a solid basis for strengthening our cooperation.”

In addition, Nottingham University has announced that it is to join European research institutions and aerospace manufacturers in Clean Sky 2, a £12.7m EU project exploring hybrid electric propulsion for sustainable aircraft.


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Nottingham has also provisionally been awarded a share of more than £20 million from the European Regional Development Fund to continue supporting innovation by Midlands aerospace businesses.

“Our Institute for Aerospace Technology has outstanding facilities, people and relationships with industry,” said Professor Dame Jessica Corner.

“We sit at the hub of a huge regional cluster of aerospace and supply chain industries that make a huge contribution to the local, regional and UK economy.

“Our aerospace and electrical engineers and experts in advanced manufacturing are to be congratulated for continuing to alert us to opportunities across Europe. We are ensuring the UK is remaining a key player in European aerospace innovation, while exciting new initiatives – such as a research base in Italy – confirm we are committed to renewing and building research and industry partnerships across Europe.”

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