Uni of Warwick Wins £14.5m for Steel Research Hub

26 March 2015

The University of Warwick has been awarded £14.5m to establish an Advanced Steel Research Hub.

Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) will work with Tata Steel to bring forward the national project, which could transform UK steel production.

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, chairman of WMG, said: "Global demand for steel continues to be high with record production in 2013.

"This Advanced Steel Research Hub provides an internationally leading close collaboration between researchers and industry. It creates a national focus that will help ensure that the UK steel industry has the knowledge, technology and skills in place to be a highly efficient, competitive, value-added steel manufacturer able to capitalize on that huge international steel market."

Dr Debashish Bhattacharjee, Tata Steel's group director of research and development, added: "The Advanced Steel Research Hub at Warwick will provide a new and unique innovative research centre to enable the further transformation of the UK steel industry into one that creates tailored, functional materials for customers in high-value sectors."

The £14.5m cash pot was awarded to the institution through the fourth round of the government's UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) which is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in collaboration with the other three UK higher education funding bodies.