Celebrating over 25 years of partnership with Rolls-Royce

The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) at Loughborough University represents a pioneering partnership between academia and industry, and was established to develop new and enhanced technologies for gas turbine engines.

student working in a UTC workshop

Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce, Dr Stewart Miller, was part of the founding team who supported the launch of the UTC in 1991.

Stewart Miller and his peers were really quite visionary. They saw the benefits that a close working relationship could have for both Rolls-Royce and the University and supported a set-up that has transformed the way we research, design, test and ultimately deliver cutting-edge new technology.

Mark Jefferies Chief of University Research Liaison at Rolls-Royce

Since the launch, the UTC at Loughborough has experienced outstanding growth and now boasts a wealth of cutting edge laboratories and test facilities, with an annual research income in excess of £2.5 million.

Led by Professor Jon Carrotte, the UTC’s team of researchers have over 90 years of combined experience. The team have supervised over 50 PhD candidates through to completion, published 200 journal papers, over 260 conference papers and received the award of numerous worldwide patents.

As we celebrate over 25 years of partnership and innovation, we’re looking forward to moving into a new era with the establishment of the new multi-million pound National Centre in Combustion and Aerothermal Technology at Loughborough, set to open in 2019.”

Professor Jon Carrotte Rolls-Royce/Royal Academy of Engineering Professor of Aerothermal Technology and Director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Combustion System Aerothermal Processes