IMPACT -Innovative Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies (Bay Campus)
IMPACT at Swansea University’s Bay Campus forms part of the College of Engineering as a semi-autonomous Research Institute, with strategic research objectives determined by a scientific steering board and advice from external industrial, governmental and academic stakeholders. It will provide future proof highly specialised laboratories for fundamental research and office space providing a, dynamic environment for collaboration of industry and academia, with the aim to attract significant research funding.
This state of the art, semi-autonomous Research Institute will operate in the “Grand Challenge” priority area of Advanced Engineering and Materials to add to world leading capacities and capabilities within the College of Engineering.
IMPACT will enable a step change in research and innovation in the College’s already outstanding Materials, Processing and Numerical Technologies research groups. The five IMPACT core research Themes are guided by UK/EC Research Councils, technology roadmaps and academics’ in-depth knowledge of the sectors. Cross-disciplinary working and fertilisation of ideas will be promoted and supported:
The IMPACT research programme will be delivered through an internationally competitive team of 65+ in-house academic researchers and 155+ additional researchers working in high-quality research facilities. The distinct ethos of IMPACT will ensure that its research brings together the world leading expertise from across the College of Engineering, to create multi-disciplinary teams that are able to attract world leading talent or experts, and significant additional funding to carry out fundamental frontiers research.
It is supplemented by more novel areas such as photovoltaic research with co-location of Wales’ Solar Photovoltaic Academic Research Consortium (SPARC II).