South Australia and London collaborate on industry futures

By / 27th of April, 2015

THE University of South Australia (UniSA) and University College London (UCL) have signed a partnership today cementing collaborative research and teaching in future industries such as sustainable energy, minerals processing and advanced manufacturing.

The Future Industries Institute aims to generate $50 million a year in research and industry collaboration. UniSA is investing $14 million a year in to the institute to leverage funding and commercial projects.

UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, Professor Tanya Monro, says the new Insitute and partnership with UCL is a great opportunity.

“The creation of the FII builds on our strengths to allow us to invest in bringing together outstanding researchers to create the critical mass required to deliver meaningful, valuable research to industry and to align our endeavours to State and National priorities,” Professor Monro says.  

“In the past that was all about mining and traditional manufacturing but the future holds new frontiers – more efficient and sophisticated minerals processing, developments in biomaterials and new sensing technologies, and exploring new approaches to support sustainable future energy production and the protection and care of the environment."

The two universities will collaborate on an industry focused PhD program, jointly-developed engineering courses and student and staff exchange programs.

UCL currently has an Energy and Resources school in Adelaide, however they will be ending their standalone presence in the state in 2017.

Prof Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL’s Faculty of Engineering, says the partnership confirms UCL’s commitment to South Australia and to the advancement of engineering excellence globally. 

“Although UCL will conclude stand-alone operation in Adelaide at the end of 2017, this engineering partnership with UniSA signals a vibrant new approach to our work in South Australia, designed to deliver tangible outcomes for industry through innovation in science and engineering,” Prof Finkelstein says. 

“In this context we are very pleased to welcome Professor Magnus Nyden, former Director of the Ian Wark Research Institute, to the role of Head of the Department of UCL Australia.” 

The Institute’s research priorities are closely aligned with State economic priorities and National research priorities focusing on:

  • Resources, energy and renewable assets
  • The environment, soil and water
  • Health research and devices
  • The commercialisation of research and growth through innovation.

The institute is aiming to have 200 staff within 18 months, with further growth expected in the future.