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Engineering Innovation Centre – Student Experience

During your engineering studies at our Preston Campus, you’ll benefit from our new Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) – an advanced, state-of-the-art £35 million facility located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK.

The EIC provides an integrated space for teaching, research and direct links with industry allowing students to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners.


You’ll have direct access to state-of-the-art equipment and cutting-edge technologies. Specialist laboratories in the EIC include:

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Live projects

The EIC brings together regional expertise from education and industry. As a UCLan engineering student you’ll be provided with a range of exciting, hands-on experiences including live real-world projects and extra-curricular activities, as well as both global and research opportunities with commercial partners.

An example project is our ongoing work with ‘Juno’, the world’s first graphene-skinned plane unveiled at Farnborough Air Show 2018. Engineering students have been directly involved in the project, helping to design and build the aircraft. The EIC is a central location for the continuation of this world-leading research in partnership with The University of Manchester’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre North West (AMRC NW).

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Industry links

Education and work at the EIC are informed by an Industry Steering Group. The group is now well established, with representatives from global PLCs providing a powerful insight into the skills needed by the future workforce to help them innovate.

The group includes companies such as Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, BAE Systems and specialist architecture practice Frank Whittle Partnership. The steering group also includes sector groups such as North West Aerospace Alliance and The Manufacturing Institute that represent large numbers of supply chain companies.

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Real-world innovation

Work at the EIC will lead to new methods, ideas and technological breakthroughs which have the potential to transform lives and drive the future prosperity of our region. Researchers, students and companies across Lancashire will have direct access to cutting-edge equipment, technologies and research.

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