Professor Allan RennieProfessor
Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Lancaster Product Development Unit, Structures, Materials and Manufacturing, Work and Health Forum
We are a broad-based engineering centre, with a record of innovative teaching, world-class research and integration with industry. The department has a wide range of research interests with an average annual research income in excess of £2.25m, nearly two-thirds of which is in collaboration with industry.
As the business partnerships team for the Department, the Engineering Engagement Team (formerly known as the Lancaster Product Development Unit) is constantly engaged with industry and facilitates the effective use of knowledge exchange; allowing expertise to flow between the university and industry, helping to inspire technological innovation and functional product development.
The team - established in May 2002 - has a proven track record in delivering business support projects to further the regional economic growth of the Northwest. Historically, this has been around the sectors of manufacturing, automotive and general engineering, however, the range of companies and their diversity continues to grow.
We have successfully secured and delivered several multi-million pound projects. Between 2009-2013 we provided bespoke design and additive manufacturing technology expertise for 156 companies, creating over 45 new jobs and safeguarding over 100 new jobs.Projects
Members of the Engineering Department have experience in a wide range of research, with particular strengths in Micro-Nano Systems, E-MIT, Energy, and Structures and Manufacturing.
The Engineering Engagement Team also conducts its own research and the research diversity of the Unit continues to grow, vibrantly and successfully.Research
Our collaborators range from Northwest small and medium enterprises and global organisations such as:
We have a team of specialist engineers that can offer expertise in the following areas:
Core funding comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with some additional funding coming from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Historic funding has been secured from the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), the EU Interreg IIIC imitative, the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF).
"Thank you for all your help with this project, in the past applying for funding has been quite a hassle but you (and your team) have made this so straightforward... we really appreciate this!"
Martyn Bland, Technical Manager, Playdale Playgrounds Ltd
"We have recently worked with the Engineering Engagement Team they gave us great help using 3D printing on a project in London. Great team, great collaboration."
Daedalian Glass Ltd
"Great meeting today with Jenny and Craig from the Engineering Engagement Team to discuss funding available for development. Pleasantly surprised!"
Water Sculptures Ltd