Research institutions


The region's universities offer their world-renowned excellence in engineering technologies to the world's aerospace industry.

They host national and global centres of research excellence which play leading roles in the continuing success of the Midlands aerospace cluster in such areas as:

  • clean gas turbine technologies
  • more-electric control systems
  • specialist fuel cells
  • high temperature and lightweight materials
  • innovative tooling and manufacturing techniques

Research centres working on space technologies, helicopter and UAV controls, systems engineering, and photonics attract the interest of aerospace companies across the world.

The MAA has produced an in-depth guide to the technology capabilities of Midlands universities.

Midlands Aerospace University Capabilities