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Rolls-Royce expands growing network of University Technology Centres

06 May 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has announced the opening of a new University Technology Centre (UTC) dedicated to nuclear technology at The University of Manchester.

Colin Smith from Rolls-Royce and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell at UTC launch
Colin Smith from Rolls-Royce and Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell at UTC launch

UTCs are long-term, funded collaborations that ensure continuity of work, offering high-quality technology for the company and real-world challenges for academic partners, and led by a world-class academic, supported by a strong team of staff and students.  Professor Tim Abram, Professor in Nuclear Fuel technology, will head up Manchester’s UTC.

A second UTC will be located at Imperial College London.  Both are home to world-class academics and research teams with particular capabilities in nuclear science and engineering and will work in close collaboration with Rolls-Royce.

In addition to the new UTC, The University of Manchester is a founding member of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (NAMRC), for which Rolls-Royce is the lead industrial partner, and is a proven leader in research in nuclear science.

Professor Colin Bailey, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at The University of Manchester said: "The University of Manchester has a long history of academic collaboration with Rolls-Royce and this superb new facility further strengthens that relationship.  The Rolls-Royce Nuclear University Technology Centre is a superb example of a high-technology partnership between industry and academia.

"The Centre will underpin the science and engineering requirements of Rolls-Royce and help to develop the next generation of nuclear scientists and engineers needed by industry.  The UTC will allow further exchange of skills between The University and Rolls-Royce and provide new opportunities for training and development."

Colin Smith, Rolls-Royce Director - Engineering and Technology, attended the opening ceremonies at Manchester and Imperial, and said: “We take great pride in selecting universities that are world leaders in their field. The Universities of Manchester and Imperial are proven centres of excellence for Nuclear Science.

“Rolls-Royce is well placed to deliver world-class engineering and manufacturing capability to support the delivery of global nuclear power programmes and we are delighted that these new UTC collaborations will help us remain at the cutting edge of technology.”

The UTC will focus on material properties, modelling of processes in the nuclear plant, as well as safety and reliability with applications in both civil nuclear power and submarines.

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