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Engineering Innovation Centre

The Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) located on our Preston campus brings together world-leading research, leading business minds and inspiring teaching in a spirit of collaboration and discovery.

The EIC offers a wide-ranging portfolio of industry engagement opportunities. When you work with us, you have access to specialist staff, state-of-the-art engineering facilities, industry leading technologies and the expertise of our researchers inside a first-class facility. The benefits of working with us include access to specialist laboratories and equipment for new product development, prototyping, testing and manufacturing as well as strategic innovation and a host of business support programmes aimed at helping your business grow. You also have opportunities to work on live projects alongside our outstanding student engineering talent, who can bring new ideas, insights and creativity.

The EIC strengthens Lancashire’s position as a national centre of excellence for aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing and contributes towards maintaining the UK’s reputation as a global leader in these areas.

We have a wide range of services available to businesses and industry to help support growth and innovation. These include:

  • Specialist funded business support programmes
  • Collaborative research and consultancy
  • Skills development
  • Access to talent
  • Live student projects and internships
  • Peer-to-peer networking

The centre host a range of facilities include high quality business meeting spaces, innovation zones and industry project rooms alongside our specialist areas.

We secured £10.5 million worth of funding via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnerships’ Growth Deal with the Government. We have also received £5.8 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £5 million from HEFCE’s STEM Capital Fund.



Producing the next generation of engineers

Our engineering courses are shaped by industry demand and in collaboration with industry experts and organisations from across the region. This equips our students with practical skills to enhance their employability, helping to support the economy now and in the future.

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The UCLan Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

Research Centre in Engineering

We aim to respond directly to significant priorities in contemporary society and to elements of the UK Industrial Strategy. In doing so, we address industrial problems by combining practical experience with education so that we can develop regional skills and abilities.

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