Engineering and Physical Sciences

EPS aims to strengthen existing relationships with key Chinese partners and to foster targeted new ones to enhance their reach and relevance. The College will continue to invest in key Chinese relationships to strengthen their number and significance, with the goal of increasing joint research and publications, exchanges, and educational ties, as appropriate.

It will identify and develop new partnerships where there is clear mutual benefit, building where appropriate on Birmingham’s ‘Second City’ status and ties to similar metropolitan areas. It will continue to use its international networks to increase not only the reach and influence of the University in the region but also that of the City of Birmingham. The College will:

  • Encourage academic colleagues to pursue research and education collaborations with China and to recognise their contributions.
  • Enhance and promote existing collaborations in research and education that have the best potential for public engagement and develop new collaborations.
  • Retain and recruit outstanding faculty who have established effective Chinese networks.
  • Enhance academic mobility by encouraging bids for external funding and providing internal funding for travel for academic collaborations, research leave, secondment, exchange, fellowships, etc.
  • Identify and use key Chinese alumni to identify and leverage new collaborative relationships, particularly with public and private sector sponsors. 

Selected projects:

Joint Research Institute in Intelligent Computation and Its Applications between University of Science and Technology of China and University of Birmingham.

The Birmingham International Railway Academy has established extensive research and education collaborations  with Chinese partners:

  • Anhui Provincial Government/Hefei Metro
  • Zhejiang University/Lloyds Register Rail
  • Guangzhou Municipal Government/Guangzhou Metro
  • Beijing Municipal Government/Beijing Metro/Beijing Jiaotong University

Catalysis and Sensing for our Environment (CASE) Lab Initiative that is a three-way research cooperation incorporating East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST), China, the University of Bath and the University of Birmingham.

Key technologies for thermal energy storage for renewables funded by China State Grid Smart Grid Research Institute Europe.

Novel optical techniques for wastewater quality monitoring in conjunction with China National Electric Apparatus Research Institute Co., Ltd