81% of our research is rated as 'world-leading' or 'internationally-excellent'.
Our multi-disciplinary school offers a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, covering topics from many facets of mechanical engineering. Research within the school is far-ranging and encompasses the fields of:
- engineering mathematics
- power and transmission systems
- railway research
- smart materials
- fluid dynamics
- multiphase flows
We are part of the Faculty of Science Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE). There are currently about 140 academic, research and support staff and about 850 students. We deliver degree programmes in Newcastle and also in Singapore.
Much of our research is focused in the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research, the University Railway Research Centre NewRail, and the Design Unit Gear Technology Centre, who provide services relating to gears and transmissions to industry worldwide.
The School can trace its origins back to 1871 when Engineering was first taught at the then Armstrong College. In this early period pioneers such as Stephenson, Armstrong and Parsons had put Tyneside at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Now the School relies on all the subsequent developments in electronics, IT, new materials and business processes to further its core activities in Mechanical and Systems Engineering.
School Executive Committee
- Dr John Appleby (Head of School)
- Prof Kenneth Dalgarno (UoA Coordinator and Deputy Head of School)
- Prof Peter Cumpson (Director of Research)
- Prof Nilanjan Chakraborty (Director of Postgraduates)
- Dr David Swailes (Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching)
- Prof Mark Robinson (Director of NewRail)
- Prof Tony Roskilly (Director of Swan Centre)
- Dr Brian Shaw (Director of Design Unit)
- Mrs Susan Lawson (School Manager)
- Secretary to the Committee: Mrs Chris Earle-Storey (PA to Head of School)