28 Feb 2017
UTC celebrates 25 years of Partnership and Research Excellence with Rolls-Royce
Established in 1991, the University Technology Centre at Loughborough University was the third UTC to be established by Rolls-Royce. Since being formed the group has grown by a factor of 5 and is now a mature research group of around 50 staff. Three of the current staff have been with the group since its establishment including the present UTC Director, Professor Jon Carrotte.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the successful research partnership a celebratory dinner was held for the research group, attended by senior staff from Rolls-Royce, the University and the Aerospace Technology Institute. After dinner speeches were given by Rolls-Royce's Director of Engineering and Technology, Chris Barkey, Loughborough Vice-Chancellor Professor Bob Allison, and Professor Jon Carrotte.
Rolls-Royce colleagues Mark Jefferies, Chief of University Research Liaison and Kate Barnard, Engineering Programme Manager, presented Professor Jon Carrotte with a glass abstract of the University shield named "The Flow of Innovation". The shield which sits on a wooden plinth which was constructed from an old physics bench reads: "Presented to Loughborough University Technology Centre, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of collaboration with Rolls-Royce".
The UTC research group are immensely proud of its strong strategic partnership with Rolls-Royce and its many research successes. As the group celebrate this major milestone, its looks forward to moving into a new era with the establishment of the National Centre of Excellence in Gas Turbine Combustion System Aerodynamics, set to open in early 2019.