The AMRC and Faculty of Engineering – Making a Global Difference
It's an extremely exciting time for engineering at Sheffield. There's been an enormous increase in demand from students wanting to study, a big leap in research income and an inspiring number of talented new staff. This means we're one step closer to being among the best universities in the world for engineering - which is excellent news for current students and our engineering alumni.
In April 2013, the University of Sheffield overtook the University of Cambridge for engineering research income. The data (compiled by HESA) shows that for 2011/12, our engineering research income surpassed that of Cambridge by almost 10%.
Commenting on the findings, Professor Mike Hounslow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering said, “Research income is an important measure of excellence as it shows the level of confidence that out outstanding partners have in us, and also enables us to ensure our cutting edge facilities are second to none.”
“Alongside our decision to invest in an £81M state-of-the-art new engineering building at the heart of the campus, the demonstrates that the University of Sheffield is a truly exceptional prospect for engineering students of the future.”
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “Engineering is a real strength not only of the University of Sheffield but also of the city itself. Sheffield has a proud tradition of innovation in manufacturing, and the University’s research income underscores the confidence that industry and funders have in our exceptional capabilities in this area. It is also a source of real pride to us that the engineering research we carry out at the University in areas such as green energy, advanced manufacture and medical technologies bring enormous benefits to the local and national economy, as well as to individuals who are directly helped by the engineering solutions developed by us. ”
The excellent news is spreading throughout the institution! The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has also just secured funding for a new £43 million state-of-the-art research factory, to meet the future needs of aerospace and other high-value manufacturing industries.
The creation of the new facility is supported by a £10 million grant from the Research Partnership Investment Fund, managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Leading manufacturers including Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Spirit AeroSystems are also committed to supporting the project.
Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield AMRC, said: "This will be the most advanced factory in the world. It will give us a home for the research and demonstration work associated with building the next generation of aircraft and energy technologies.
"The aim is to be able to manufacture any component as a one-off, and instantaneously switch between components. This will be a totally reconfigurable factory, one of the goals of the advanced manufacturing research strategy."
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said: “We are delighted that HEFCE is supporting the AMRC Factory 2050, and deeply proud of the vision and talent of our engineers who have a global reputation for advanced manufacturing research which works directly with industry in ways which transform business, create jobs and strengthen our economy. This new facility brings together government, business and the University to drive the innovation that is so important to the UK’s future economy and assures our place at the forefront of global high value manufacturing.”
The AMRC Factory 2050 will combine technologies including advanced robotics, flexible automation, unmanned workspace, off-line programming in virtual environments linked to plug-and-play robotics, 3D printing from flexible automated systems, man-machine interfaces, and new programming and training tools. Around 50 researchers and engineers will work in the new facility.