The University of Birmingham has signed a Deep Academic Alliance agreement with the Transport Systems Catapult, marking the start of a three-year strategic collaboration aimed at developing and implementing intelligent transport solutions in the UK.
Launched in 2017, the Deep Academic Alliance programme creates strategic partnerships between the Catapult and universities that are playing a leading role in the fast-growing Intelligent Mobility sector – projected to be worth £1.4 trillion a year by 2030.
The programme is designed to help universities more closely align their transport-related research with commercial opportunities and the needs of industry and government.
The agreement was formally signed on Tuesday at the Rail Industry Association’s annual Innovation Conference in Telford by Prof Clive Roberts and Paul Campion.
Clive Roberts, Professor of Rail Systems and Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham said:
“We look forward to working more closely with the Transport Systems Catapult and to addressing together one of the key ‘Grand Challenges’ in the UK government’s Industrial Strategy, looking at the future of mobility and how to make travel safer, better connected and more efficient, as well as delivering on the UK’s ambition to be a world leader in smart transportation.”
Transport Systems Catapult CEO Paul Campion said:
“The University of Birmingham is a recognised global authority for transport innovation, and their expertise in areas as diverse as digital infrastructure, material light-weighting, component end-of-life design and alternative propulsion systems makes them an ideal addition to our growing number of Deep Academic Alliance partners.”
The agreement with the University of Birmingham follows on from the Deep Academic Alliances that the Transport Systems Catapult formed last year with University of Leeds, University of Nottingham and Cranfield University.
About the University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions. Its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries.
The University collaborates with organisations of all sizes, from global corporates to local SMEs to work on transformative projects, providing tailored solutions for businesses based wholly on their needs, from degree apprenticeship and executive education through to strategic partnerships and collaborative product development and research.
The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham is the largest university-based centre for railway research and education in Europe, developing world-leading new technologies alongside renowned higher education programmes. BCRRE is also part of the UK Rail Research Innovation Network (UKRRIN) and leads the Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems. In 2018, Rail Alliance was welcomed into BCRRE. www.birmingham.ac.uk/railway, @bcrre.