Sheffield engineering students to benefit from £75K Arconic Foundation grant

The University of Sheffield has received a $100,000 (>£75,000) grant from Arconic Foundation, the independent philanthropic arm of global advanced materials company Arconic Inc. as part of its Advanced Manufacturing Education Grant Program.

The program is designed to address the rapid shift taking place in manufacturing, which is quickly moving from traditional methods to cutting-edge technologies like automation, robotics, and additive manufacturing – with the skills pool often unable to keep pace.

Both Materials Science and Aerospace engineering students at Sheffield will benefit from the grant, which will be used to update equipment and software and enhance final year projects by including learning experiences with local employers.

Professor Neil Hyatt, Head of Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Sheffield said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant to improve our graduates’ readiness for the expanding metals and aerospace manufacturing sector.

The funds will allow us to invest in our metals processing facilities and modelling software capabilities, even equipping students in additive manufacturing techniques.”

For Arconic – one of the leading suppliers to the UK aerospace sector with 16 major manufacturing sites in the UK, including six in the Sheffield City Region – the grant from the Arconic Foundation comes at an important time in the development of the UK’s manufacturing skills base.

“The demanding nature of the advanced manufacturing sector requires exceptional talent with skills vital to drive conventional and emerging engineering techniques and technologies, especially in aerospace,"

“Partnering with the university helps to build a world-leading educational platform.”

Harry Klein, UK Country Manager, Arconic

In total there are six educational organisations in four countries benefiting from the $600,000 (approx.. £465,000) total grant: Ivy Tech Community College (Lafayette, Indiana), Muskegon Community College (Muskegon, Michigan) and Pellissippi State Community College (Knoxville, Tennessee) in the United States; Cologne Institue for Economic Research in coordination with Hochschule Fresenius Dusseldorf in Germany; and Obuda University in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.

Over the course of the next two years, the universities and colleges expect to educate 375 students through these grants, providing a significant boost to their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs.

Arconic Foundation supports institutions that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce, through nonprofit STEM programs.

For further information please contact:
Meg Holmes, PR Manager, Engineering at Sheffield, 0114 22209778


Notes to editors

1. About The University of Sheffield

With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.
A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.
Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.
Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.
Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.
Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

2. About Arconic Foundation

Arconic Foundation supports programs that help prepare the 21st century engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce. Arconic Foundation is an independently endowed foundation with assets of approximately $320 million and is the charitable arm of Arconic Inc. – which works in close partnership with customers to solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power.
Through collaboration with our nonprofit partners, our initiatives make quality STEM education opportunities available to students; support engineering and technical skills training through community colleges, technical schools and universities around the world; and help to create access for underrepresented individuals to the STEM fields.
The work of Arconic Foundation is further enhanced by the thousands of Arconic employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in their communities. Established in 2016, Arconic Foundation is active in 26 countries around the globe.