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Welcome to the Department of Engineering

The Department of Engineering submitted 46 members of staff, comprising 45.6 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff, to the REF Engineering UoA. The submission included seven Early Career Researchers.

 

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25th in the Times Higher Education International Universities Rankings 2021
6th The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
5th The Guardian University Guide 2022
95% of students in graduate-level employment within 15 months of graduation (The Guardian University Guide 2021 – third in the UK).

Highlighting importance of soil health

Soil is a vital, and often overlooked, natural resource, helping to reduce flooding and mitigate climate change.

We’re driving government policies on soil health, resurrecting wastelands using novel technologies and educating people about the importance of soil health on our lives.
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Soil health

About Us

Context

The strength in the department arises from the “General Engineering” ethos, where we pursue research and generate impact that spans traditional engineering disciplines and beyond into policy and industry.

Departmental strategy, goals and future plans

The Department is now in the early stages of a ten-year period of strategic growth, which is seeking to increase our academic staff numbers to 80 FTE by 2024, including taking positive action to make a step-change in our gender balance. The key strategic aims over this REF period have been: globally, to increase our impact on society; and locally, to improve the research culture within the Department.

Staff body

Within the sector, we are a small department, with an academic staff headcount of 30 per cent of the average for Russell Group Engineering Departments for the majority of the REF assessment period. The Department has 47 academic staff (45.25 FTE), including 17 Professors, 13 Associate Professors and 17 Assistant Professors. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the department and activity, the academic staff have a broad range of expertise covering the traditional Engineering disciplines as well as Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and they come from diverse backgrounds, e.g. with just over 40 per cent of Category A staff identifying as  Black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups . 

Research environment

The Department has invested in excess of £11 million which has supported our well-resourced laboratories and provided a vibrant working environment, where all staff have engaged with our research culture of “quality rather than quantity” in publishing. Research in the Department is focused around three Grand Challenges and these facilitate an environment that encourages interdisciplinary research conversations to take place. These involve academic staff from different engineering and many other disciplines on common research themes, often including academic colleagues, policymakers and industrialists who are visiting us from across the globe.

Impact and engagement activities of department

To help guide development of our future research and impact strategies the Department formed a Strategic Advisory Board which acts as a critical friend to help guide us going forward. The Chair is Professor Brent Cheshire CBE, the founder of Ørsted’s UK operations and their Country Chairman and Managing Director up until his retirement in 2017.

Engineering REF Impact Case Studies

Engineering submitted four impact case studies demonstrating a wide range of impact.

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Radio Propagation for 5G Wireless Networks

Our research has contributed to the internationally agreed Recommendations for 5G wireless communications and signal strength.
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Rail support systems: Structural Integrity of Concrete Sleepers and Crossing Bearers

Our research has changed technical specifications on the UK rail network, leading to Network Rail changing the standard for sleepers and bearers.
Rail support systems: Structural Integrity of Concrete Sleepers and Crossing Bearers

Soil Health

Our research led to novel sustainable land remediation technologies, which were successfully used to remediate and regenerate brownfield land.
Soil Health

Assessing Real On-Road Vehicle Aeroacoustics and Aerodynamics

Our research has resulted in the manufacture of vehicles with better aerodynamic performance and greater energy/fuel efficiency.
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Research Themes

The Department’s research covers a wide range of topics, which are divided into three Challenge Areas: Future Energy Systems, Advanced Materials Electronics and Communications, and Sustainable Infrastructure.

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Our Research Challenges are important because they encourage interdisciplinary research within the Department and national and international cooperation. The scope of the Department's research is expanded even further through participation in cross-faculty Research Institutes.

  • Centre for Communications Systems

    Our research themes extend to all areas of wireless systems. These cover many topics: communication systems, energy-efficient buildings, on-body networks, radio imaging for medical and security applications, radar systems for monitoring the environment, and digital signal processing systems.
  • Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics

    The focus of the Centre is electronic devices enabled by molecular or nanoscale materials. This brings together advanced metrology and processing, materials synthesis and characterisation, spectroscopy and modelling to better understand a wide range of devices.
    Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics

Centre for Communications Systems

Our research themes extend to all areas of wireless systems. These cover many topics: communication systems, energy-efficient buildings, on-body networks, radio imaging for medical and security applications, radar systems for monitoring the environment, and digital signal processing systems.

Centre for Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics

The focus of the Centre is electronic devices enabled by molecular or nanoscale materials. This brings together advanced metrology and processing, materials synthesis and characterisation, spectroscopy and modelling to better understand a wide range of devices.
Molecular and Nanoscale Electronics