Rolls-Royce expands growing network of University Technology Centres

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, announced the opening of two new University Technology Centres (UTCs) dedicated to nuclear technology, with ceremonies in Manchester and London.

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. Each is led by a world-class academic and supported by a strong team of staff and students.

The UTCs dedicated to nuclear technology will be located at Imperial College London and the University of Manchester. 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.

Colin Smith, Rolls-Royce Director - Engineering and Technology, attended both opening ceremonies 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 centres 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.

This is the most recent development in the growing, global network of Rolls-Royce UTCs. Universities provide access to specialist skills and equipment, research capability, and compliment our commitment to the training and development of the next generation of skilled people.  

The opening of the UTC at Imperial College London builds on the already strong collaboration with Rolls-Royce. Professor Stephen Richardson, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering and Deputy Rector, Imperial College, said: “Imperial has a long tradition of nuclear engineering research and teaching in close partnership with Rolls-Royce. The establishment of the UTC in nuclear technology is a natural extension of this important partnership and will further strengthen our links with Rolls-Royce.   Students, the next generation of nuclear engineers, will benefit from valuable access to industry training and expertise, which is so vital in getting them ready for the needs of business when they graduate.”

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.”

  1. Rolls-Royce, a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  2. Since 1990, Rolls-Royce has established a global network of 28 University Technology Centres. Initially established mostly in the UK, UTCs have in more recent years been founded in the US, Norway, Sweden, Italy, and Germany. Each addresses a key technology. Collectively they tackle a wide range of engineering disciplines - from combustion and aerodynamics to noise and manufacturing technology. In addition to the UTCs, further research collaborations have been established in Singapore, Spain, Germany, US and UK.
  3. Rolls-Royce is leading the development of the UK’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Centre that will bring together an industrial consortium of around 30 companies from the UK nuclear supply chain. University partners will lead key research themes.
  4. Rolls-Royce employs over 38,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment, and to further developing employee skills.
  5. Annual underlying revenues were £10.1 billion in 2009, of which about half came from services revenues. The firm and announced order book stood at £58.3 billion at 31 December 2009, providing visibility of future levels of activity.
  6. Rolls-Royce delivers wide-ranging capabilities across the nuclear cycle from concept to through-life and life-extension. With nuclear expertise including component manufacturing, licensing, project management, supply chain management as well as world-class engineering, the company has been a key player in the nuclear industry for over 50 years. Rolls-Royce is also the number one supplier for digital instrumentation and controls for nuclear power plants.
  7. Rolls-Royce currently has the largest nuclear skills base of any UK company, with approximately 2,000 employees in the UK, US, France, and Canada.

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