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Nottingham to Establish Institute for Aerospace Technology

07 August 2010

New funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will help to establish the Institute for Aerospace Technology at the University of Nottingham.

The grant will help to fund construction of a new research facility at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) — the Aerospace Technology Centre, a dedicated facility housing around 100 staff.

The £3.6m investment, administered by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), is intended to strengthen strategic links with partners in industry, and help to bring new inventions to the marketplace more quickly.

The University already has a portfolio of aerospace research, including polymer composites, which also includes two Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres (UTCs), in gas turbine transmissions and manufacturing, and a strategic partnership with GE on advanced electrical power & actuation systems, co-funded by EPSRC.

Professor Andy Long, Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Engineering, said: “This is wonderful news. The new Institute for Aerospace Technology will allow us to develop and deploy new technologies and processes that are crucial to supporting the aerospace sector’s ability to meet stringent environmental targets set by the Advisory Council on Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) and other additional challenges such as decreased waste. Research undertaken will also ensure a good supply of highly skilled people with expertise in areas of immediate interest to the sector.”

Diana Gilhespy, Executive Director of Regeneration at emda, said: “The aerospace sector is of vital economic importance to the region. The new Institute for Aerospace Technology will provide an invaluable resource for businesses in this sector, helping them to develop innovative new ideas, using the expertise of the University. I am delighted that through the ERDF we are able to support the creation of this centre of excellence.”






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