Brunel University has been awarded £15m of funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) as part of a new £60m initiative to establish a National Research Centre for Structural Integrity.

Technology engineering research and consultancy TWI are the lead co-partner for the centre which will be based in Cambridge.

Other partners come from the aerospace, energy, marine and rail sectors as well as University College London (UCL) and Cambridge and Manchester universities.

The purpose-built national centre will house more than 100 postgraduate-taught and research students and more than 50 staff, providing facilities for engineering and materials research in the UK.

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