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Royce sets vision to secure UK’s global leadership in advanced materials

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An ambitious vision to further develop and secure a world leading advanced materials sector in the UK has been set out by leaders and champions of the Henry Royce Institute.

Speaking to more than 500 business leaders and researchers at a national summit hosted in Manchester, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, chair of the Henry Royce Institute, made clear that a new era of partnership had begun across the UK’s advanced materials communities to drive new and exciting applications in support of societal good and to boost economic growth.

“We are bringing materials people from industry together with materials people from academia to ensure we translate all these new developments into big companies and also into small companies; into the supply chain and into companies that will create jobs and economic growth.”

Baroness Brown added that her dream was for the Royce to have helped develop and secure a world-leading advanced materials industry based in the UK.

‘My dream is for the Royce to have helped develop and secure a world-leading advanced materials industry based in the UK’.

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair of the Royce

Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester – the home of the Royce’s state-of-the-art hub building – added: “We see this as an exciting opportunity for the whole UK to bring forward amazing new materials which will have fantastic applications.”

Professor Rothwell added that she was very proud that the Royce’s new national centre was being built on Manchester’s campus, close to existing centres-of-excellence in advanced materials research such as the National Graphene Institute.

‘We see this as an exciting opportunity for the whole UK to bring forward amazing new materials which will have fantastic applications.’

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and VC, The University of Manchester

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

Professor Philip Nelson, CEO of the EPSRC funding body, added that to support the government’s commitment to maintaining UK’s position as a leading research nation the Royce was galvanising leading research expertise from across the county to help turn into real industrial productivity.

This vision has captured in a Royce video:

This film was screened at the ‘Shaping the Future of Royce’ conference which attracted representatives from blue chip companies and SMEs who mixed with top researchers and scientists to start drawing up nationally-focused strategies to support UK advanced materials.