Engineering Research Futures (ERF) is our network for researchers in the faculty to support community and enable the sharing of best practice and challenges.
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. Please join the Team site to discuss with other researchers and receive researcher-related news and events.
ERF Committee members
The ERF Committee includes representatives (where appropriate) from each of the research groups in the faculty. Their role is to contribute ideas of how to create an excellent environment for our researchers, share any best practice and challenges from their groups, and to 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 & Knowledge Exchange) chair the steering group so that any requirements can be taken forward within the faculty or relevant University groups.
The committee consists of the following members:
|Teams||Current Role Holders|
|Engineering Research & Knowledge Exchange (ERKE)
||Sarah Taylor, Beth Lunt
|Advanced Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
David Sanderson (Steering Group)
|Advanced Materials Research Group (AMRG)
Oluwafunmilola Ola (Steering Group)
|Buildings, Energy & Environment (BEE)
||Eldar Naghiyev (Steering Group)
|Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM)
||Ian Maskery (NRF)
|Centre for Structural Engineering & Informatics (CSEI)
|Composites Research Group (CRG)
|Fluids & Thermal Engineering (FLUTE)
|Food, Water, Waste (FWW)
|Gas Turbine & Transmissions Research Centre (G2TRC)
|Human Factors Research Group (HFRG)
Madeline Hallewell (Steering Group)
Armando Mendez Villalon
|Low Carbon Energy and Resource Technologies (LCERT)
|Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI)
|Optics and Photonics Group (OPG)
Wenqi Li (Tower based)
Tania Mendonca (SoLS based)
|Power Electronics Machines & Control (PEMC)
David Gerada (Steering Group)
Tianjie Zou (NRF, Beacon PF)
|Resilience Engineering Research Group (RERG)
|Sustainable Process Technologies (SPT)
The E3R Programme
The E3R programme is a series of seminars and events on topics relevant for research and academic staff. It runs throughout the year. Full details can be found in the Engineering Research Handbook. We also link to opportunities provided across the University, including the Leadership and Management Academy and Central Short course programme.
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 provide information and standards for chartership. Please email us to find out more and we can put you in touch.
Fellowships are one pathway to an academic or research career which the faculty is keen to help you achieve. Information on the University fellowships and support can be found on our fellowships webpage.
Researcher Development Concordat
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. Please see the Researcher Development Concordat document for further information. For more information regarding the researcher journey, please visit the Vitae website.
If you have any queries or require more information on any of the above, please email the Engineering Research Futures Team.
University to Industry Event
On 27th May 2021, the Engineering Research Futures team hosted the “From University Research to Industry” event, which saw past Faculty of Engineering colleagues share their experience of moving into a career in industry. After an introduction from Professor Chris Tuck, the following speakers shared their experiences and tips for moving into industry:
Dr. Kevin Brown, who is now the Project Lead – Large Engine Design, Product Development & Technology at Rolls Royce. He was a Research Fellow in the Composite Research Group for 5 years.
Dr. Cinzia Maggiore, who is now Associate Director - Strategic Consulting at Jacobs. She was a Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher at the Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre for 3 years.
Dr. Dan Simmons, who is Managing Director (and Founder) of Quensus, and conducted his PhD within the George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research.
Finally, a representative from the careers service outlined courses/events/resources available to help researchers make the transition from University research to a career in industry. Their talks were recorded and are available in the July 2021 ERF newsletter.
International Women in Engineering Day Event
The International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) is aimed at inspiring and nurturing early career and established female engineers. Engineering Research Futures (ERF) Network brought together female engineers on 23rd June to celebrate the contribution women are making in the field of Engineering at the University.
1st Prize Winner Presentation - Irati Sanchez
An exciting and informative morning of networking and prize giving was held online, including talks delivered by industry speakers and inspirational female engineers across different career stages. Tips on embarking on a successful career were highlighted to encourage young engineers to be at the forefront of their careers. ERF would like to congratulate Women in Engineering Society (WES) membership and paper prize-winners Irati Sanchez, Jane Crowley and Salome Sanchez who were awarded for their research. The ERF received funding support from the EDI Sphere Programme and Propulsion Futures Beacon. Their talks were recorded and are available in the July 2021 ERF newsletter.
The ERF network produces newsletters every quarterly and provides information on research, training, development opportunities, events and seminars and other relevant information. Please see links below for the ERF newsletters. If you would like to feature your research project or have any other information you would like featuring, please send it to the shared inbox EZ-Eng-ERKE@nottingham.ac.uk.