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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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It is currently estimated that failures in large engineering structures have a global cost of $US 2.2 trillion. This amounts to three per cent of the world’s GDP. 

The centre – located at Granta Park in Cambridge - will use the fundamentals of science to ensure industry can address this problem, and operate products and services safely. 

It will act as a dedicated, national hub that conducts interdisciplinary research. This will focus on the long-term challenges associated with the structural integrity of products, plant and infrastructure across the energy, transport, advanced manufacturing and infrastructure sectors. 

The centre will also develop innovative, fit-for-purpose technologies and design rules, and will demonstrate solutions for long-term asset management. This will cover structural health, condition monitoring and health management through user-led applications. 

The jointly co-ordinated research will develop a scientific and technological foundation for the discipline of structural integrity. It will provide a basis from which to build partnerships between industry, universities and a renowned research and technology organisation. 

Driven by the industry, the centre will adopt a unique, integrated approach to research and postgraduate training. 

Main contact

Name Professor Geoff Rodgers
Title Vice Principal (Research), Brunel University
Tel +44 (0)1895 265609

Page last updated 26 February 2015