Queens unites with leading UK universities to found the National Aerospace Research Consortium


NARC membership


The school has joined hands with 9 other UK universities to establish the National Aerospace Research Consortium (NARC). The consortium was launched on the 18th of July, 2018 at the Farnborough International Airshow. The NARC aims to directly support UK-based industry through the provision of accessible world-class research facilities, future skills development and centralised research coordination, putting it on-par with other international entities (such as NASA, ONERA or NRC) and supporting the UK as a global leader in relevant aerospace research.


Joining the consortium was achieved by work over several months involving discussion by the head of school, Professor Brian Falzon, with Prof Iain Gray from Cranfield University, who is coordinating the set up. This is a tremendous endorsement of the quality of research that we are producing within the School. Speaking on the occasion of the joining, Professor Falzon said: “Being part of NARC will translate to enhanced research opportunities for Queen’s, building on and extending our current research activities in advanced aerostuctures, future materials, propulsion and simulation technologies. By working in partnership with members of NARC, we will create a synergistic critical mass of research activity in these areas, which I am confident will lead to new breakthroughs for the benefit of the global aerospace community.”

The other founding member universities of NARC are: University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; Cranfield University; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; University of Manchester; University of Nottingham; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton and the University of Strathclyde.

The consortium provides an exciting vision - the UK’s leading aerospace universities, backed by industry, offering the global aerospace community a gateway to the very best that the UK has to offer – and one that feels perfectly aligned with the Industrial Strategy. NARC will align itself with the Aerospace Technology Institute’s established four technology pillars (Aircraft of the Future; Future Propulsion; Smart, Connected and Electric Aircraft of the Future; and Aero Structures of the Future), with an additional National Airborne Test stream.


The aim of this consortium is to bring the UK’s leading aerospace universities together to provide the global aerospace community with a centralised point of engagement to the UK’s top research capabilities. The idea is to become a one-stop shop for the global market to access the UK’s leading academic aerospace minds and facilities.


The universities that currently make up NARC have already started work with a collaborative proposal for a network of advanced electric and hybrid-electric propulsion development facilities. The longer term objective is create a future aerospace technology skills base that will enable students to develop world-class expertise within the UK so that they provide industry and academia with the next generation of technical capability.

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