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Engineering Research Futures (ERF) is our award-winning network for researchers.

Working in collaboration with the Researcher Academy and the Careers and Employability Service, the ERF aims to: 

  • Support collegiality and the sense of community through the sharing of best practice and challenges
  • Communicate researcher-related information as well as issues that are important to the research community
  • Represent the needs and requirements of our researchers in relevant groups and committees in the faculty and across the university
  • Develop our researchers by providing them with a variety of opportunities that enable them to take responsibility for their career paths

The ERF network welcomes research-only level 4 and above research staff across the faculty. Join the Teams site to discuss with other researchers and receive researcher-related news and events.


Fellowships and professional memberships  

Professional memberships and chartership are important in supporting the development of engineers both in academia and industry. The Engineering Council is the UK regulatory body for the engineering profession and provides information and standards for chartership. Email us to find out more and we can put you in touch.  

Fellowships are one pathway to an academic or research career which we are keen to help you achieve.  


Faculty researcher concordat action plan

Our faculty researcher concordat action plan was officially launched on 27 June 2023.  This is an important milestone for our researcher community, which sets out new expectations and responsibilities for researchers, their managers, and the university to ensure that researchers are given every opportunity to thrive and realise their potential. The Researcher Development Concordat is an agreement between stakeholders to improve the employment and support for researchers and researcher careers in higher education in the UK. The Vitae offers more information regarding the researcher journey including Researchers career stories


Tri-Campus Awards 

We were delighted to win the 'Team Award for Commitment to Enhancing the Research Culture and Environment' at the University of Nottingham Tri-Campus Awards 2023. This is a testament to our work championing for an improved research culture. 


ERF committee members

The ERF committee includes representatives - where appropriate - from each of the research groups in the Faculty of Engineering. Their role is to contribute ideas of how to create an excellent environment for our researchers, share best practice and challenges from their groups, and communicate relevant information or events to their groups. Outcomes of committee meetings are shared with the ERF steering group. Ifty Ahmed - Researcher Academy Faculty Lead - and Mirabelle D'Cruz - Head of Faculty Research and Knowledge Exchange - chair the steering group so any requirements can be taken forward within the relevant faculty or university groups.

The committee consists of the following members:  

Research group or role Commitee members
Chair David Gerada
Engineering Research & Knowledge Exchange team  Paloma Paleo Cageao, Sarah Taylor, and Matthew Laird
Website Co-ordinator Fengyu Zhang
Advanced Manufacturing Technology David Sanderson and Omkar Mypati
Advanced Materials Oluwafunmilola Ola, Matthew Wadge and Marcus Adams
Architecture, Culture and Tectonics  Felipe Lanuza 
Buildings, Energy & Environment Cagri Kutlu
Composites Andy Parsons
Fluids & Thermal Engineering  Zeyuan Xu 
Food, Water, Waste Valentina Cuzzucoli Crucitti
George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research Ben Lang
Human Factors  Michael Craven
Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Mohamed Adam
Mechanical and Aerospace Systems  Evgenia Korsukova and Neville Rebelo 
Nottingham Geospatial Institute Andrew Bradley
Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre Lu Zhou
Optics and Photonics Ulises Hernandez Ledezma and Carolina Guerra
Power Electronics, Machines and Control  Arun Khilnani