An engineering research partnership has been launched with the aim of enhancing the position of Scotland as a world class centre for engineering research.
The Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPE) is being supported by an investment of over £26.5m from the Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC), and a further £100m will be co-invested over five years by 10 collaborating universities.
The collaboration between the universities under SRPE brings together an academic community of more than 730 staff with research income in excess of £23m. The new investment will strengthen the partnership through the provision of equipment and the appointment of an additional 69 academics supported by 71 PhD students and research assistants.
The SRPE will focus its activities in three regional research partnerships, each being driven by Scottish universities in the area. They are The Edinburgh Research Partnership in Engineering and Mathematics (ERPEM), The Glasgow Research Partnership in Engineering (GRPE) and The Northern Research Partnership in Engineering (NRPE).
Chairman of SRPE’s strategy board and principal of Heriot-Watt University, Prof Anton Muscatelli, said: ‘The Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering will bring together some of the best minds in engineering to ensure that Scotland maintains its position at the forefront of this increasingly competitive field.
‘The total investment of £126.5m by the Scottish Funding Council and 10 universities represents one of the largest research pooling initiatives in Scotland to date.
‘Scotland has a reputation for world-leading research and industrial applications in a wide range of fields of engineering. Historically, Scotland has been at the centre of the development of engineering. As the field moves into new and challenging areas, many of them cutting across the traditional disciplinary boundaries, this partnership will help to ensure that we remain at the forefront of research and innovation.’