University of Sheffield signs up as Northern Powerhouse Partner

The University of Sheffield has become the latest organisation to sign up as a Northern Powerhouse partner.

The university, which has 29,000 students and 7,000 staff, joins a group of northern organisations that have pledged to work with the government to help the north achieve its full potential and attract new jobs and investment.

The agreement was signed on a visit by Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry to the university’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) yesterday (12 February 2018).

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “If the north of England is to create the strong economy which will be needed to create wealth and opportunities, it needs to work in new ways to be globally competitive.

“As the cradle of the first industrial revolution, the north of England sent new products to the world. Now we need the infrastructure, research, innovation and skills which will enable us to lead in the era of Industry 4.0. This means new approaches to bringing together world-class research and teaching with global

companies and their supply chains, creating new products and reshoring production. This is an area where the University of Sheffield is leading the way, working with Boeing, McLaren, Siemens and Rolls-Royce to make the Northern Powerhouse a reality.”

Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry added: “I was delighted to visit my alma mater, the University of Sheffield, including its state-of-the-art AMRC Training Centre which is helping to train the next generation of engineers and manufacturers in the Northern Powerhouse.

“The University of Sheffield is at the forefront of higher education in the UK and joins a number of British universities commanding high positions in global rankings – they contribute enormously to the international standing of the Northern Powerhouse and its reputation as a world-leader in research and academic excellence.”

The AMRC carries out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials and has more than 100 industrial partners, including global giants such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus.

Source: Stephen Farrell, Insider Media, 13 February 2018