About Engineering Research Network Wales

The Sêr Cymru National Research Network (NRN) in Advanced Engineering and Materials (AEM) is a transformative alliance that will enhance fundamental and applied research in Wales, seeking to address the challenges articulated in ‘Science for Wales’ and resulting in:

  • Increased critical mass of world class researchers through strategic collaboration
  • Greater grant capture from competitive sources
  • Improved engagement with research users
  • More effective knowledge transfer and outreach activities

The Network has £7M of funding from the Welsh Government and HEFCW as part of the Ser Cymru (Stars Wales) Initiative.

Between 2013 and 2018 the team, led by Swansea University, in collaboration with core partners Bangor University, Cardiff University and TWI Ltd will create new opportunities for advances in engineering and materials by:

  • Awarding 40 PhD studentships and establishing a Graduate School
  • Awarding 16 Post Doctoral Research Assistantships or Fellowships
  • Running a programme of seminars, training, conferences and STEM outreach activities
  • Working with industry on road mapping, collaborative research and knowledge transfer

The expected outcomes from this work are expected to be:

  • Enhanced collaboration amongst partners in fundamental research, leading to joint outputs
  • Improved engagement with research users, leading to new collaborations with industry, NHS and other agencies
  • Increased research income from RCUK, EU and industry
  • Raised profile of engineering research in Wales through a programme of outreach activities, conferences and workshops
  • Increased research capacity in key themes through the appointment of NRN Fellows and PhD students