Home to 29 universities, the Powerhouse region has seen significant investment into research and education activities across the scientific sector. Industry and university communities are collaborating to develop new materials technologies and advanced manufacturing methods which will provide huge benefits to the UK economy.

This investment is supporting business and job creation in the region, whilst widening participation in learning and research across a broad range of vocational and academic subjects, propelling a newly skilled workforce into the digital and new manufacturing era.

At the heart of the innovations in new materials science is the Henry Royce Institute – the UK’s national centre for research and innovation of advanced materials. The Royce Institute operates a collaborative ‘hub-and-spoke’ model, with its £105m hub based at the University of Manchester. It is supported by several founding universities and research partners (or ‘spokes’), which include the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and Liverpool. All four Russell Group Universities in the Powerhouse region have made significant investments in their property estate to provide the scientific laboratories required to house the advanced scientific research equipment.

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