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Research centres and partnerships

Our research benefits from and contributes substantially to technology transfer between academia and industry. Tapping into our knowledge can help companies develop innovative products and services to gain a competitive advantage.

We host five University Technology Centres in collaboration with leading organisations – Microsoft, Airbus, RNLI, Lloyd's Register and Rolls-Royce. These enable intensive research and development and foster technology innovation between the University and industry.

Lloyd's Register University Technology Centre (LR UTC) in hydrodynamics, hydroelasticity and mechanics of composites

The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust (LRET) is an independent charity operating throughout the world. Established in 2004 by the Lloyd's Register Group to fund advances in education, training and research, the Centre aims to explore and understand the behaviour of engineering artefacts in a maritime environment, with a view to improving the integration of design, production and operation of the artefacts from safety, economic environmental and societal viewpoints.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution Advanced Technology Partnership on maritime engineering and safety (RNLI ATP)

Set up in 2001, the Partnership aims to develop research and education in subjects of common interest, and to raise the profile of engineering sciences as an essential function in the design, build and operation of high-performance marine craft such as those used by the RNLI.

Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) for Computational Engineering

The Centre applies modern computational tools, methods and environments to problems in aerospace engineering and related fields for the benefit of Rolls-Royce. It has particular expertise in the fields of design search, robustness, optimisation, cost-modelling and the use of advanced geometry manipulation schemes.

Airbus Noise Technology Centre (ANTC)

ANTC was opened in 2008 as a result of a long-standing collaboration between Airbus and the University. The Centre's goal is to try to meet the industry's target of cutting perceived aircraft noise in half by 2020 and to eliminate all noise nuisance outside airport boundaries, as set out by the Advisory Council for Aeronautical Research in Europe. This requires advanced research and development across a range of new technologies, and at double the rate of progress than previously. 

Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing

Established in 2005 as the only one of its kind in the UK, the Institute works to push state-of-the-art technologies to tackle real-world scientific and engineering problems in the aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, marine and telecommunications sectors.

Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing

The Microsoft Institute for High Performance Computing pushes state-of-the-art technologies to tackle real-world scientific and engineering problems.

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