University of Southampton

Southampton rail research brings together research groups from the Department of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering, the Transportation Research Group and the Institute for Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR).

We lead the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) Centre of Excellence Infrastructure and host the National Infrastructure Laboratory, part of the UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC). And the multi-institution Track to the Future rail research programme. We promote and undertake research and consultancy in the areas of railway systems.

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University of Huddersfield – The Institute of Railway Research (IRR)

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) is a world leader in the field of railway engineering and risk. Part of the University of Huddersfield’s School of Computing and Engineering, it specialises in research, development, and technology innovation.

Home to Centre of Excellence in Rolling stock, and with cutting-edge laboratory facilities on site, IRR carries out impactful research across various engineering disciplines. To date, its work has helped the rail industry to cut operating costs and boost safety and reliability.

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National Composites Centre Operations Ltd

The NCC (National Composites Centre) is leading the way in composite research and development. Innovators use this unique facility to create stronger, lighter, smarter, longer lasting, and more sustainable composites.

NCC works closely with thse customers, giving them access to ‘beyond’ state-of-the-art technology and the world’s best composites engineering facilities.

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Loughborough University – Control Systems Research Group

Focusing upon the application of control and systems science, the Control Systems Research Group at Loughborough University, employs a range of established theoretical techniques to provide solutions to industrial problems across rail.

The group uses modern control techniques and modelling expertise to improve efficiency and accuracy of systems. Working closely with industry partners, the team ensures research remains relevant and applicable to real-world problems including, for example, the decarbonisation of road and rail transport.

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University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)

At the AMRC we’re shaping the future. Our researchers are leading the way on net zero, data analytics, AI, sustainable fuels and digitally connected factories and supply chains.

We’re also helping to secure UK manufacturing, training hundreds of apprentices and reskilling the current workforce to create the pool of talent the sector needs to thrive and grow.

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