The key differentiator of SIRF™ and NSIRC™ compared with conventional universities is that the work will be industry-need driven, as opposed to the curiosity-led research carried out in most conventional universities for academic recognition.
The key outputs arising are industry-ready engineers and scientists in structural integrity disciplines such as fail-safe design, flaw evaluation, corrosion prevention and structural health monitoring to name but a few.
Opportunities for Industrial Partnership
A number of industrial organisations have already shown keen interest in playing a significant part in providing industry funding and expertise and structuring the Centre’s development from its outset. At the time of writing, these include Lloyd’s Register, Network Rail and BP. We are now encouraging further Industrial Member organisations to join this collaboration of lead industrial project partners, which will allow them to direct the Foundation and the development of the Centre and determine the technical focus and challenges it will address in the long term through its research programmes. Please do not hesitate to contact one of the undersigned if you would like to further discuss how you could exploit the public investment into structural integrity technology for the benefit of your technology development needs.
The aim of the Centre will be to train, qualify and award higher degrees specifically related to structural integrity and, at the same time, to innovate by developing technologies and approaches to enhance the safety of new and existing engineering structures. The facility will provide UK industry with world-class engineers who can lead the development of new, safe, world-beating products and components in all sectors.
We expect the Centre to offer capacity for 200 postgraduate students and its inauguration will ultimately create around 50 new jobs.
Andrew Lansley MP noted the importance of this strategic initiative for UK engineering:
We will be posting news about the progress of SIRF™ and NSIRC™ on our website and in our Industrial Member communications. If you would like to hear more about being involved as a launch partner, please contact us at http://www.twi.co.uk on +44 (0)1223 899000 or send an e-mail to one of the addresses below.
Prof Aamir Khalid, Director, Technology, aamir.khalid@
Dr Bob John, Director General Emeritus, via christine.wylde@
Dr Christoph Wiesner, Chief Executive christoph.wiesner@