The University of Birmingham, through the Schools of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering and Civil Engineering, is to play a key role in the training of engineers working on the HS2 rail link, following the announcement that the National College for High Speed Rail will have its headquarters in the city.

Birmingham fought off competition from Derby and Manchester to be chosen alongside Doncaster as the home of the College, which will make use of the internationally leading expertise at the University’s Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) – the largest railway research group in Europe and a unique resource for helping to train the next generation of engineers.The Government announcement follows the news that Birmingham will also be the location of the new headquarters for HS2 construction.

High Speed Rail: Exciting synergies

Professor Jon Binner, Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University, said: ‘We will support the new College strongly and are sure that it will be a tremendous success. We are all looking forward very much to seeing it operational.’

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, said: ‘It is an honour for the city of Birmingham to have not only the headquarters for HS2 construction but now also the National College for High Speed Rail. Clearly, having the two in the same city offers exciting synergies and the BCRRE will be a tremendous asset to the new College.’

The headquarters of the College will be located at Birmingham Science Park in Aston.