A key aspect of the Engineering Innovation Centre’s (EIC) importance is to involve employers across Lancashire and the wider North West. They have helped to inform the design of the new building and will continue to play a significant role in the operation of the new facility once open.
Having industry links will help ensure the courses and research taking place is aligned with the current and future demands of business, as well as creating opportunities for joint innovation projects.
An EIC Industry Steering Group has been in place since 2015 to help support and facilitate the forum which includes representatives from global PLCs such as Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems and specialist architecture practice Frank Whittle Partnership. The steering group also includes sector support groups such as the North West Aerospace Alliance and The Manufacturing Institute that represent large numbers of supply chain companies and provide a powerful insight into the skills they need to help them innovate.
Michael Ahern, UCLan’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “It’s great to see the EIC taking shape and seeing plans come to fruition. What we’re also enthused about is the excitement and willingness of industry partners to get involved from a variety of sectors including automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, and energy. This has been one of the defining features of the EIC since the initial discussions began and we look forward to working with our partners to create the engineers of the future.”