We have a strong focus on strategic partnerships with key industrial organisations with research interests that overlap our major research areas. Notable among these is a partnership with Ørsted (previously named DONG Energy), who have provided funding of £1M to endow a Chair in Renewable Energy.
Research in the areas of energy delivery and computational geomechanics have enabled a partnership with Ikon Science, who have part-funded a lectureship. Our staff are actively working with these organisations to develop new solutions to pressing societal and technological problems. We maintain Department relationships with other blue chip engineering companies (e.g. BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, BP) and SMEs.
The Department also benefits from an active Industrial Partnership Committee which currently has representation from approximately 20 local/national and international companies. The Committee forms a direct link between the Department and employers. Its objectives include ensuring that students are given the best possible opportunities in terms of industrial placements and graduate employment.
Field trips to factories and Engineering sites are organised throughout the year for students to engage with workplaces, learn more about career paths and understand how their studies are applied in the field.
'The University-Industry relationship is an added advantage for Durham University Students that gives them a chance to partner with a company to work on active projects. For my R&D project I had an opportunity to work with Cummins Engines, Darlington which was a great experience that led me working for Cummins after graduation.
I now work as a Product Design Engineer for Cummins Generator Technologies
looking after alternators ranging from 200-4250 kVA of Low, Medium & High Voltages.'
Balakumar Sriramulu, Graduate at Cummins