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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 608843.

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University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is located in the city of Birmingham, England. It received its royal charter in 1900. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities and a founding member of Universitas 21. The student population includes around 16,500 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students, making it the largest university in the West Midlands region and the 11th largest in the UK. The School of Mechanical Engineering (Mech Eng), of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences will be involved in this project. 70% of research activities of the School were rated as world-leading and internationally excellent in UK RAE 2008. Birmingham is unique in UK Mechanical Engineering Schools in having the facilities and expertise to use micro and nano technologies to make micro replication tools, actuators, sensors and other mechanical devices. These ‘meso-scale’ devices have a very wide range of applications in industry, healthcare and research.

Bio-medical engineering is becoming an increasingly important application areas for the School research, as a result of an ageing population and the expectation of improving healthcare. The Advanced Manufacturing and Micro Engineering Centres at the School will contribute to this project. The two Centres are recognised internationally for their research and technology development and have track records in publishing their findings in high impact international journals. At the same time the Centres were very successful in establishing long term partnerships with companies, in particular GE Druck sensors, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Doncasters and GKN Aerospace, Precision Micro, Tecan, Semefab, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres, Intelligent Energy, Technical Fibre, Johnson Matthey and Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, and in setting up technology transfer schemes for industry.