The University of Sheffield to play key role in strengthening UK aerospace sector

Collaborative research activities of the Rolls-Royce supported University Technology Centre (UTC) for Control, Monitoring and Systems Engineering housed in ACSE has led the University of Sheffield membership of the national aerospace consortium.

NARC DiagramLeading aerospace universities, including The University of Sheffield's, Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, are creating a national consortium to provide the global aerospace community with a centralised point of engagement to the UK’s top university aerospace research capabilities.

Embracing the full aviation spectrum (airlines, aircraft, airspace and airports), the National Aerospace Research Consortium (NARC) will enhance the UK’s already leading position within the sector and provide a clear means of communication with equivalent national organisations and multi-national initiatives.

NARC will align itself with the Aerospace Technology Institute’s established four technology pillars (Aircraft of the Future; Future Propulsion; Smart, Connected and Electric Aircraft of the Future; and Aero Structures of the Future) with an additional National Airborne Test stream.

The Consortium aims to create a UK-wide infrastructure of accessible, integrated and world- class research facilities to support each pillar. The universities that currently make up NARC have already started work on the Future Propulsion pillar with a collaborative proposal for a network of advanced electric and hybrid-electric propulsion development facilities.

The National Aerospace Research Consortium is a welcome initiative that builds on the world-leading aerospace research carried out across UK Universities. The University of Sheffield looks forward to working with our academic and industrial partners and to playing a significant role in shaping and transforming the aerospace research agenda.

Professor Mike Hounslow, Vice President and Head of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sheffield

NARC will also seek to enhance the flow of highly qualified aerospace engineers of the future through closer integration of graduate and postgraduate learning provision.
Through the combination of networked national facilities, integrated learning of the highest quality and a central point of access, NARC is aiming to make a significant contribution to the UK’s presence within the aerospace sector.

The founding member universities of NARC are: University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; Cranfield University; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; University of Manchester; University of Nottingham; Queens University, Belfast; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton and the University of Strathclyde.

Read more from each involved University here