Sheffield University tops table for engineering income and investment

The university generated £124m in engineering research income and investment last year, including aerospace, AI, and robotics

The University of Sheffield generated £124m in engineering research income and investment last year, the most of any university in the UK.

The figures are based on new data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) which show how much money was generated by institutions’ engineering research.


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Its research output is managed by the university’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and faculty of engineering, and covers aerospace, automotive, energy, artificial intelligence, digitisation and robotics.

The AMRC has partnered with Boeing to open the aerospace company’s first manufacturing plant in Europe. It has also worked with McLaren Automotive to create a new £50m carbon fibre chassis plant in Sheffield which create 200 new jobs and add an estimated £100m to the local economy in the next ten years.

Having a university in the north of England leading in engineering research income and investment is a tremendous boost for the Northern Powerhouse.
– Prof Koen Lamberts, University of Sheffield

Prof Koen Lamberts, vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “This is a monumental achievement for Sheffield. Having a university in the north of England leading in engineering research income and investment is a tremendous boost for the Northern Powerhouse as we seek to boost the aerospace, nuclear and manufacturing sectors and rebalance the UK economy.”

In 2018, the university opened three research centres in the city’s global innovation corridor in partnership with the private sector.

Sheffield counts among its funders Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the European Commission and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

More information on the AMRC can be found at amrc.co.uk/

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