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The UK Aerospace Research Consortium (UK-ARC) has been created to help organisations easily identify the UK’s best aerospace research capability within its leading universities.

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 in detail.

What we have to offer

The UK has a network of world class universities all specialising in leading aerospace technology research and development and are capable of providing advancement at all Technology Readiness Levels (TRL levels) from initial concepts to fully operational and full scale system prototypes.

The UK Aerospace Research (UK-ARC) consortium partners include University of Bristol; University of Cambridge; Cranfield University; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine; University of Manchester; University of Nottingham; Queen’s University Belfast; University of Sheffield; University of Southampton; University of Strathclyde and Swansea University.

2nd in the World

Behind the USA, the UK’s aerospace sector is the 2nd largest in the world.  Valued at £31bn and consisting of over 3,000 specialist companies ranging from small component manufacturers to large prime contractors.

39% Growth in 5 years

The UK aerospace sector has grown by 39% in five years: nearly 7% mean annual growth.  Supported by UK specialist universities, it employs almost 300,000 people directly and indirectly.

Latest news

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

The University of Nottingham has been awarded £7.6 million

The University of Nottingham has been awarded £7.6 million towards the development of the £16.8 million test and validation facility for aerospace electric and hybrid propulsion systems. The new award will see the commissioning of 10 new fully instrumented test cells able to validate a range of MW-class motor and generator drivetrains to cover aircraft […]


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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