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’. However, we are so much more than an Engineering Building, working across different Faculties and industries to encompass all disciplines. 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. 

Towns 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 four main categories;
1. Clean Growth 2. New Mobility 3. Digital Connectedness 4. Social & Environmental Wellbeing

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; reducing air pollution; solving the challenge of increasing obesity and inactivity in the young; advancing public transport links; solving congestion; increasing access for all; reducing commuter times; improving connectivity and mobility for vulnerable and isolated citizens.

Digital Connectedness

Data; Visualisation; Delivery; GP information systems; veterinary-farming interactions; AI.

Social & Environmental Wellbeing

Generating wealth and prosperity; sustainable use of resources; protecting and regenerating biodiversity; ecosystem services.