The importance of recognising and supporting UK engineers is indisputable and, as part of our continuing drive to achieve this, the Royal Academy of Engineering is currently instigating seven new Senior Research Fellowships at UK universities thanks to a grant from the Leverhulme Trust.

The fellowships will allow academics to be freed from their administrative and teaching responsibilities in order to concentrate on full-time research for periods from one academic term up to one year. Mid-career engineering academics are thus enabled to revitalise their research career or make significant headway in ongoing work.

The benefits are clear. UK engineering will benefit from multi-disciplinary research by experienced academic engineers with no loss to the teaching of the next generation of engineers within universities. All of the fields of engineering will be represented; from traditional areas such as civil, electrical, mechanical and process engineering to materials technology, biomedical engineering and informatics.

The Leverhulme Trust, established at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust emphasises the crucial contribution of individuals and encompasses all subject areas.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowships will be awarded to institutions rather than individual applicants and will be undertaken by the Fellows themselves, not by or for the Trust. In the first year, more than £235,000 has been granted for the establishment of the seven new Fellowships.

Professor Rodney Eatock Taylor, Chairman of The Academy’s Research and Secondments Committee, said,

“The Academy is committed to encouraging excellence in all aspects of engineering, and establishing Senior Research Fellowships with The Leverhulme Trust is a significant step in furthering this objective. These new Fellowships will complement the Academy’s existing successful schemes for 5-year Chairs and Fellowships. We hope to attract applications from highly talented and motivated engineering academic staff. The first call will be this summer."

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.
  2. The Royal Academy of Engineering Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow will normally be located at their own institution or higher education research institution, the location being approved by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
  3. The Fellowships are tenable for a period of between one academic term and one academic year. The fellow’s employing institution will be reimbursed for the gross salary costs of a younger academic (up to spinal point 9 on the non-clinical academic and academic-related staff salary scale). The replacement will be expected to undertake all of the Fellow’s teaching and administrative responsibilities for the duration of the Fellowship.
  4. Research expenses (up to a maximum of £2,500) are available annually to cover costs of consumables.

For more information please contact

Claire McLoughlin at the Royal Academy of Engineering