Our industrial partners
Our work with some of the world's leading engineering companies is shaping the future of aerospace engineering globally.
These strong links have been established over many years and are built upon a mutually-beneficial relationship.
Major industry choose to work with us because we produce world-leading research and outstanding graduates who make valuable contributions to their companies throughout their careers.
Industrial input is fundamental to the development, design and integrity of our courses. Our students benefit from our strong relationships with these prestigious companies in a variety of ways.
- Faculty Aerospace Network
The Faculty Aerospace Network (FAN) is a vibrant community of academic staff, students, graduates and industrial partners who come together to share knowledge and information about aerospace engineering research and innovation.
There are a number of FAN community events and seminars throughout the year for undergraduate students to get involved in. You'll have the unique opportunity to network with our industrial partners and find out about the world-leading research which is taking place at Sheffield with companies such as Rolls-Royce and Boeing.
- Industrial Training Programme
Part of our four year MEng, the increasingly popular Industrial Training Programme gives students the opportunity to work on real-life engineering problems set by an industry partner, such as Airbus or Boeing.
You’ll work in groups to apply your engineering knowledge to analyse and solve a relevant open-ended industrial problem. As well as attending academic lectures and small group seminars with industry experts and engineers, you’ll visit industry sites and technology centres as part of the 12 week challenge.
- Our graduates in industry
Our graduates are now working in some of the world's most prestigious engineering companies. We are proud that so many have gone onto success in a variety of industries and we strive to maintain close links with them throughout their careers.
I’m passionate about encouraging and upskilling the next generation of engineers. My work with the Industrial Advisory Board enables me to do that.
MEng Aerospace Engineering | Lead Engineer, Rolls-Royce
As part of our commitment to providing students with a comprehensive programme of careers support, many of them come back regularly to inform and inspire our current students. They share their expertise, provide information about career opportunities, and advise about the application and interview process.
- Aerospace Industrial Advisory Board
Engineers from some of the UK's leading engineering companies, including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Caterpillar and BAE Systems sit on our Industrial Advisory Board.
They inform what we teach and how we run our degrees, share with us the latest industrial developments and give us details of graduate recruitment. They also assess part of the third year MEng Group Design Project. Many members of the board are graduates of our courses, so they are uniquely placed to offer us the benefit of their experience as both a student and a professional engineer.
- Research-led teaching
Our research informs our teaching. From the moment you join us, you'll be working alongside brilliant researchers. They will share with you the latest developments and techniques that are still new to industry.
- Industrial placements
Each year, our students are recruited by many of our industrial partners to work on summer internships and year-long placements as part of our Year in Industry degree.
- Innovative practical learning
Engineers from major industry help to design and run a series of innovative modules designed to equip you with the team-working, communication and project management skills to solve genuine engineering problems. You'll work in interdisciplinary teams with students from other engineering courses for a week on the Global Engineering Challenge in year one and Engineering: You're Hired! in year two. These modules are all about obtaining the skills, and evidence of those skills, that will make you a highly employable engineer.
A global reputation
Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.