The University’s strategic ambition is ‘to change the world for the better’. We aim to make our excellent academic achievements highly relevant to solving the great challenges posed for research and supporting regional, national and international enterprises. Our Mission in the School of Engineering is to ‘apply sound science to the solution of real world problems’. We see ourselves as ‘problem solvers not solution sellers’ by working alongside end users from the outset. We believe this is evidenced by the significant market pull we already have from industry and stakeholders wanting to engage with us in this ‘sustainable living’ space. 

The local towns and small cities must become more attractive to a highly qualified workforce, either through improving connectivity (e.g. reducing commuter times) or enhancing quality of life for those that live there. Congestion and environmental impacts of current infrastructure associated with transport systems along the corridor also act as an impediment to increased growth.

The themes for the Innovation Hub mainly fall into threes areas of study: Mobility for Healthy living, Sustainable living through integrated Resource management & Engineering Skills. These can be subdivided into five research themes:

Clean Growth

Low carbon heating; Renewable energy; Energy efficiency; Smart energy; Transportation revolution; Inefficient recycling and waste management; Environmental degradation; Excessive energy loss from buildings

New Mobility

Automated Vehicles; Connected Vehicles; Electric Vehicles; Mobility as a service; Air pollution; increasing obesity and inactivity in the young  

Sustainable transport

Quality; Public Transport; Congestion; Access; Long commuter times; Lost connectivity and mobility for vulnerable and isolated citizens; 

Digital Health

Data; Visualisation; Delivery; GP information systems

Aerospace & Defence

Cluster of excellence (Mini Catapult); Bridge the gap between business, scientists and engineers; Bridge the gap between business, academia and Government; Access to skills; Autonomous systems