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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 The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.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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The institute will be built on the industry-facing Science and Innovation Campus, and sponsored by the College of Engineering. 

The nature of its research will draw on long-term strengths in petroleum and chemical processing, in particular computational science (rock fracture modelling and ‘fracking’) and corrosion. 

The centre will bring this together with more recent capabilities, including: 

  • marine energy
  • nuclear
  • tidal
  • advanced water treatment (‘fracking’ post-treatment and separation)
  • materials
  • crisis management
  • more novel areas such as Photo Voltaic (PV) and NanoTechnology. 

The project will include the design and construction of a new 3500m2 building. This will be designed to develop the quality and scale of the university’s research efforts in this area. 

The focus on safety will look at developing and expanding existing energy processes, and the safe deployment and integration of new ‘green’ energy technologies. 

The combination of research into energy with a focus on safety reflects the university’s research strengths, and the significant position of Wales in the UK energy market. 

The primary sponsor will be British Petroleum (BP). Other main sponsors include TATA Steel Europe and Rolls Royce. The Institute will be a constituent member of the Global Energy Safety Institute (GESI) founded in Houston, Texas in 2011, and a sister institute of the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) at Rice University in Houston. In addition, the institute will be an associate of the National Corrosion Research Centre (NCRC) at Texas A&M. 

Main contact

Name Professor Ian Cluckie
Title Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Tel +44 (0)1792 606642

Page last updated 26 February 2015