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This is the place that boosts business and shapes society. 

We’ve long been home to the trailblazer and the pioneer. As one of the leading UK universities for turning world-class research into real-world impact, our engineering, architecture and design research is contributing to positive and lasting change around the world.  

We're designing the places of tomorrow, creating cutting-edge tools and technologies, and pioneering the well-being of humankind. 

Explore our research and see how we are shaping the real world.  




From research to reality.

  • Helping power stations transition to non-fossil fuel sources.
  • Wirelessly monitoring newborn babies heart rate's using a cap.
  • Designing robots for in-situ maintenance of Rolls-Royce aero engines.
  • Developing a revolutionary non-destructive imaging technique for industry.

Our research has real-world impact.

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Surepulse: Vital Signs Monitoring for Newborns


Spin-out companies 

Our spin-out companies are breaking new ground. Creating a spin-out (UK) company allows us to commercialise intellectual property created from our research. This is another way of ensuring that our research can solve real world challenges and have a positive impact on society, the environment and economy.

We’ve established 12 spin-out companies from our research including one exit spin-out company – Monica Healthcare Ltd. These companies are leading the charge for a net zero future, evolving our approach to manufacturing, and revolutionising the way we provide medical care.  


Promethean Particles
Scintam Engineering
Reactive Fusion



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Taraz Metrology
Cheesecake Energy



Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

We’ve completed 72 Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) worth over £10 million. Partnering with SMEs and large businesses, both locally and nationally, we’ve worked across sectors including manufacturing, renewable energy, aerospace, and construction.

By collaborating and sharing our expertise we’re helping businesses to innovate – whether it’s increasing productivity through improved operations, developing new products, or accessing new markets. 

Dr Liliana de Lillo and Mark Gardiner walking through the Power Electronics and Machines Centre

Sprint Electric

Producing a highly advanced power converter to drive an electric motor that could revolutionise the manufacturing and renewable energy industries.

Cars passing under a bridge in Nottingham with a tram crossing the bridge

XAIS Asset Management

Creating a software solution that could forecast condition and maintenance requirements of infrastructure assets to improve highway maintenance.

A laptop showing AI generated forecasting results


Developing an AI powered cost prediction tool to offer more precise, risk-modelled cost forecasts for construction and refurbishment projects.

Exterior view of the Power Electronics, Machines Centre

Kingsmill Industries Ltd

Developing a UK-made electric vehicle charger with supporting cloud-based portal, enabling Kingsmill’s customers to benefit from variable-tariff regimes.




Award-winning people and research


Royal Academy of Engineering Colin Campbell Mitchell Awards


Collaborate to Innovate awards from The Engineer


United Kingdom Honours


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University research impact

Our research transforms lives and shapes the future.

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