Recognition for university’s role inspiring next generation

Business leaders gathered in the city to celebrate the key role the University of Sheffield and other educational institutions play in boosting advanced engineering and manufacturing innovation.

Inspiring the Next Generation allowed visitors to browse showcases by students from further and higher educational establishments in the city. Exhibitions from the University of Sheffield demonstrated how engineering students have worked with companies such as Airbus, Rolls Royce and Tata Steel to help them gain a valuable insight into the industry, whilst also offering added benefits to companies via the students’ final year projects and research. Guests also enjoyed a live action demonstration by the university’s fencing team, which featured three types of weapons provided by Leon Paul, suppliers to the British Olympic team, ahead of the World Championships in Sheffield in July.

Charlotte Swain, Industry Liaison Manager for the Sheffield Engineering Gateway at the university, said: “The festival is a great opportunity for Sheffield organisations to showcase their contribution to the UK economy. The university is proud to be working with these companies to ensure the future success of manufacturing and research in our region.”