Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

ENGINEERING INNOVATION CENTRE (EIC)

During your engineering studies at the UCLan 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.

Facilities

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

Flight Simulator Suite

Flight Simulator Suite

Motorsports and Air Vehicle Lab

Motorsports and Air Vehicle Lab

Intelligent Systems Lab

Intelligent Systems Lab

High-Performance Computing Lab

High-Performance Computing Lab

Fire, Oil and Gas Lab

Fire, Oil and Gas Lab

Composites Lab

Composites Lab

Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (3D Printing)

Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (3D Printing)

Additional related engineering facilities include:

C&T BUILDING

Electronic and Control Systems Lab

HARRIS BUILDING

Structural Testing Laboratory

HARRIS BUILDING

Fluid and Thermo Dynamics Laboratory

JB FIRTH BUILDING

Fire Lab

WHARF BUILDING

Engineering workshop 1
Look around Engineering workshop 2

WHARF BUILDING

Motorsports Workshop

LIVE PROJECTS

Student working with tutor

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).

Read more about the Graphene skinned plane project

INDUSTRY LINKS

Staff and students working in lab

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.

REAL-WORLD INNOVATION

Students working on an exoskeleton

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.

Read about our engineering successes so far:

| UCLan announces partnership with the University of Sheffield AMRC/North West

| University’s graphene endeavours rewarded with partnership

| Lift-off for UCLan and Preston City council drone project

| EIC helps turn life-changing ideas into reality

EMPLOYABILITY

Engineering is one of the most varied, creative and exciting careers you can choose. It’s a great time to be studying engineering too. It is widely reported that the global demand for engineers exceeds supply and the need for engineers is increasing in both engineering and non-engineering jobs.

ENGINEERING GENERATES
 

23%

of the UK’s total turnover

- employing 5.6 million*

27% of enterprises

in the UK are

ENGINEERING-RELATED*

46%

of

ENGINEERING
EMPLOYERS

Surveyed report recruitment difficulties*

ANNUAL SHORTFALL

of up to 59,000

engineering graduates and technicians to fill

core engineering roles*

157,000

new

JOBS IN BIG DATA

by 2020*

203,000 people

with LEVEL 3+ ENGINEERING SKILLS


needed every year to meet demand*

You will go on to join our graduates, who have a proven track record of success. Many have gone on to enjoy successful, exciting and lucrative careers working with employers such as Airbus, BAE Systems, Formula One and the Ministry of Defence. Our new EIC facility will further enhance our graduates’ prospects.

 

MEET OUR GRADUATES

*Source: Engineering UK 2018 – The state of engineering

You will go on to join our graduates, who have a proven track record of success.



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

European Union

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

Northern Powerhouse