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The UK Aerospace Research Consortium (UK-ARC) has been created to help organisations identify and engage with the UK’s best aerospace research capability within its leading universities. We connect with the Aerospace Technology Institute, industry and internationally.

By contacting UK-ARC with details of your research needs, whether it’s just to access test and development facilities or acquire specific technical expertise we can quickly put you in touch with the right world leading teams with whom you can discuss your needs.

Accessing research technology excellence

The UK has a growing network of world class UK universities all leading in different areas of aerospace technology research and development and working closely with industry lifting research technology readiness levels (TRLs) towards exploitation.

UK-ARC universities host world-class facilities and capabilities across the TRL range and educate the next generation of aerospace engineers and aviation experts. Collectively, these universities are a formative influence upon the development of aerospace in the UK, supporting its £34Bn earnings value to the economy and its direct and indirect employment of almost 300 people.

UK-ARC works to align research agendas with industry and to support the development of collaborative research projects. It also facilitates international research exchanges and collaborations.

Latest news

Strathclyde Key University partner launches £30M state-of-the-art Aerospace Innovation Centre at Prestwick

A key partner of Strathclyde has launched a state-of-the-art purpose-built global centre for the design and digital manufacturing of next generation aerostructures. The 90,000-square-foot innovation centre on the Spirit campus in Prestwick is capable of manufacturing components of up to 20 metres in length and features 55,000 square feet of manufacturing space and a materials […]

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have tested an electrified racing aeroplane that could establish the viability of faster and more efficient electric flight

Successful ground testing for all-electric race plane Researchers at the University of Nottingham have tested an electrified racing aeroplane that could establish the viability of faster and more efficient electric flight. The research project, which began in 2018, aims to demonstrate the concept of electric-powered plane racing; pushing the limits of electric propulsion to increase […]

Queen’s University Belfast celebrates relaunch of the Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre

The Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre was attended by the President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Chief Executives of the HVMC and NCC. A great attendance from aerospace companies including Spirit and supply chain companies such as Denroy Plastics and Nacelles Systems Consultancy among others helped celebrate the relaunch of Northern Ireland […]

Future flight challenge – strands 1 and 2

Innovate UK, through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, invites applications for strands 1 and 2 of the future flight challenge. This supports projects that will develop and demonstrate integrated aviation systems and new vehicle technologies that enable the introduction of new classes of electric or autonomous air vehicles. These could include drones or unmanned aircraft […]

FlyZero: Enabling zero carbon flight – airport infrastructure and sustainable product lifecycle

Event – Online 24 Aug 2021 09:30:AM The Organiser ATI & ADS Scotland More Info

Flyzero six months on – Webinar

Chris Gear – FlyZero Project Director Over the past six months the FlyZero team, made up of experts from across UK aerospace and beyond, have been thoroughly investigating the technologies which have the potential to propel the next generation of aircraft into our skies. After assessing a range of options, we’re focusing our energy on […]

Future Flight Challenge Ambition

3rd August 11.00 – 12.30 You’re invited to attend the Future Flight Challenge Ambition event where the team at Innovate UK will set out the ambition for Phase III of the competition. The Future Flight Challenge (FFC) is a £125m government investment delivered by UKRI to advance the next generation of aviation solutions. Phase III of […]

WEBINAR – An introduction to the Future Flight Challenge for academics

2pm on Tuesday 27th July                                      In this one hour session, supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council, the Future Flight team will take you through: What the Future Flight […]

University Lectureship in Propulsion and Power

Applications are now invited from suitably qualified candidates for a University Lectureship in Propulsion and Power. The successful candidate will be based at the Whittle Laboratory in West Cambridge. The closing date for applications is Sunday 1 August 2021 Application details


Numerical and experimental studies at the University of Bristol, in collaboration with Airbus, have considered the effect of floating folding wingtips on aircraft rolling behaviour.

Meeting the challenges of the aerospace sector

The development of more electric aircraft (MEA) components and systems is a major area of research to help achieve carbon, nitrogen oxide and noise reduction targets.

Advanced composite aerostructures for de-icing

Queen’s University Belfast is currently working on MACANTA, an EPSRC project that has resulted in fully-tailorable energy-efficient heating, which can be used as a de-icing device.

UK-ARC is able to help you engage with the UK’s leading aerospace research universities

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