Collaborative research between Rolls-Royce and Birmingham
The University of Birmingham has a long-standing relationship with the global power systems company Rolls-Royce. Their collaborative research across science and engineering is helping the company to develop new technologies and skill its workforce, providing a welcome boost to the economy of the West Midlands.
In 2012 it was announced that the partners would build a new £60 million centre for research into advanced manufacturing. The new High Temperature Research Centre will deliver world-class fundamental and applied research programmes focused initially around the key areas of investment casting, design for manufacture and systems simulation. It will also concentrate on educational and professional training providing industry insight to postgraduates.
The Centre will help develop future generations of aeroplane engines, making greener, more efficient air travel possible. This public and private capital investment will secure high-skilled jobs in the region and also enable the University to work with other manufacturing businesses.
This new facility is being funded by a £40 million investment from Rolls-Royce matched by a £20 million investment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England through the Research Partnership Investment Fund.