UK university wins royal prize for rail research

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BIRMINGHAM, England — The University of Birmingham has been awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its contribution to making railways around the world safer and more efficient.

This prestigious national honor has been approved by the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth II on the advice of the U.K. government following recommendations by the Awards Council of the Royal Anniversary Trust, which administers the Prizes scheme.

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at The University of Birmingham is the largest university-based center for railway research and education in Europe. Its research partnerships see experts working with over 50 companies in more than 20 countries.

The University of Birmingham also leads the newly created U.K. Railway Research and Innovation Network — a nearly $125 million partnership between the rail supply industry and eight universities to carry out research that aims to establish the UK as a world-leading center of railway excellence.

Birmingham last won the award in 2011 in recognition of its expertise in formulation engineering supporting multinational industrial partners in the development and manufacture of high-quality products with complex microscopic structures, including foods, paints, detergents and pharmaceuticals.

The University has been awarded the prize in the 12th round for outstanding work in rail that meets demanding national standards for excellence, innovation and real public benefit whether in the UK or globally. The University of Birmingham’s world-class work benefits the UK and global rail industries in a number of areas, including:
  • Railway condition monitoring: reducing delays through early detection of failure;
  • Aerodynamic research: delivering efficiencies through changes to standards;
  • Energy and traction systems: delivering energy saving solutions across the industry;
  • Creating opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises in rail; and
  • Exporting education and research services to Singapore.
— A University of Birmingham news release. Nov. 30, 2017.
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