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New aerospace centre for Nottingham

29 Oct 2012
An aerial view of the new Aerospace Technology Centre Photo: University of Nottingham

An aerial view of the new Aerospace Technology Centre Photo: University of Nottingham

A new centre of excellence for the aerospace sector has opened up at the University of Nottingham.

The £5.1m Aerospace Technology Centre was opened last week by the chief executive of global power systems company, Rolls-Royce, John Rishton, himself an alumnus of the university.

The centre will be at the heart of the University’s Institute for Aerospace Technology, which brings together a number of internationally leading research groups involved in the sector together with leading aerospace businesses and also small to medium sized businesses, which play a key role in the aerospace supply chain.

The new 2000m2 centre will eventually house over 200 staff, including secondees from industry. Its aim will be to better transfer new knowledge from academia to industry.

Professor David Greenaway, vice-chancellor of The University of Nottingham said: “The Aerospace Technology Centre provides the University, and our key industrial partners, with a unique facility. Within it we will be able to develop, integrate and demonstrate new technologies at a scale and complexity not currently possible within any other research institute in the UK.”

The funding for the new centre includes £3.1m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £2m from the university. In total, £8.8m is being invested in the establishment of the University's Institute for Aerospace Technology.

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An aerial view of the new Aerospace Technology Centre Photo: University of Nottingham

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