We're number one in the UK for engineering research income and investment

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New statistics released today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) show that we have overtaken Imperial College London to become the number one university in the UK for income and investment in engineering research.

Professor Dave Petley, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, expresses his thanks for this monumental achievement and explains how this income will drive our ambitions to be global leaders in research:

"Today we are celebrating the news that the University of Sheffield is now the number one university in the UK for income and investment in engineering research.

"This is a monumental achievement for our University and means we have overtaken Imperial College London to move into the top position. I would like to thank all colleagues for their hard work, innovation and creativity in making this possible.

"Engineering research at our University is delivered primarily through both the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Faculty of Engineering. Their fundamental and translational research addresses real world problems and leads to innovations that benefit a wide-range of people, improving quality of life, creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

"In 2017–18 our externally funded research expenditure was £124 million. This income will drive our ambitions to be global leaders in research for the benefit of the whole institution.

"We have seen impressive outcomes from recent investment in engineering research, including three new multi-million pound research centres, which aim to boost the Sheffield City Region’s reputation as a hub for advanced engineering and industrial technologies. And in the past two years, partnerships between the AMRC and Boeing, and between the AMRC and McLaren Automotive, have led to new facilities in the Sheffield City Region.

"Investment in engineering research also benefits students. We have the largest group of UK undergraduate engineers in the Russell Group, almost all of whom go onto graduate-level work or graduate-level further study.

"Being number one in the UK for engineering research income and investment is an achievement we can all be proud of. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do next."

Professor Dave Petley
Vice-President for Research and Innovation

Dave Petley

Being number one in the UK for engineering research income and investment is an achievement we can all be proud of. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do next.

professor dave petley