Major investment in the UK’s manufacturing research base

Six new £10m research hubs, aimed at strengthening the UK’s manufacturing industries, have been announced this week by Universities and Science Minister, Jo Johnson MP.

Leeds is playing a key role in two of the hubs, set to help transform manufacturing techniques and processes, to help industry create new products and ensure the UK becomes more competitive and productive.

Funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the hubs draw together expertise from universities and industrial partners, and forms a critical part of the government’s Industrial Strategy to further UK economic growth.

Professor Elaine Martin, Head of School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University, believes Leeds is well placed to drive innovation following a University investment of £96m in Engineering & Physical Sciences.

Professor Martin said: “Our involvement in the different hubs reflects the breadth of our capabilities, which allows us to take a true ‘molecules-to-manufacturing’ approach to process engineering and design.

“Our expertise, which reaches across virtually all industrial sectors, will help industry tackle very real scientific and technological challenges, with this investment unlocking the full potential of the UK’s research base.”

See the full story to find out more about the two hubs with which Leeds will be involved.

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