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Feeding the engineers of the future

On Friday 11th November we had the pleasure of sponsoring an event for 120 Year 4 MEng and MSc Engineering students from Newcastle University who are undertaking a course on Design of Mechanical Power Transmissions, led by Professor Brian Shaw and Design Unit colleagues. After a tour of the Design Unit research facilities at the new Advanced Engineering Research Hub, the British Gear Association organised a (soft) drinks and pizza reception, providing an opportunity for students to network with University and British Gear Association staff.

The students visited several departments and talked to engineers about live projects and research at the University.

The tour gave insight into manufacturing methods, gear metrology, materials Characterisation and testing, Instrumentation and Control, and Component and Prototype testing. Good discussions were had about how gear research and developments by Universities and BGA Industry members will improve efficiency of transmissions, contributing towards Net Zero ambitions across many sectors.

Students also learnt about the upcoming joint BGA / IMechE annual student prize. The prize was established in 2000 and is considered one of the most prestigious Student prizes in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

The goal of the prize is to encourage and support the growth of the next generation of UK engineers.

The prize is awarded for the best Final Year Project on any topic broadly related to the field of mechanical power transmissions.

Benefits of entry:

· £400 prize

· Test your ideas

· Free entry to Gears 2022

· Chance to present your paper to industry experts

· Connect with top employers

· Prestige

· Boost your CV

Submission guidelines:

In order to register, application forms for individual or team projects completing in summer 2023 must be sent to the British Gear Association by 30th August 2023.

· A copy of the completed project report (in Word or pdf format) will be required by 29th September 2023

· Applications forms and submissions to be sent to

· If you have any further question please do not hesitate to contact the BGA.

NB. Please note that projects for HND/HNC, BEng/BSc, MEng or MSc will be accepted and the judges will apply suitable weightings to take account of the different qualification levels.

We are pleased to report that we started receiving applications shortly after the morning tour – we are excited to present these to our judging panel in the coming months.

Overall, the day was a success. We forget this cohort of learners have had less exposure to employment opportunities during the pandemic and we are honoured to have been able to support this collaboration jointly with the University of Newcastle. We wish them all the very best of luck for their final year.

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