Cambridge University Engineering Department and Engineers' Association


Into the third dimension

Bubbling over with ideas

A dotty idea

The concrete & the play...

Ice work (if you can get it)

Rumble in the urban jungle

Flights of fancy spread their wings




summer '97


In brief...

The Department was delighted to receive a grade of 5*A in the government's recent Research Assessment Exercise, indicating that our research is of the highest quality, based on assessing the work of over 95% of staff. The whole exercise is likely to be repeated in four years time. We have set up a working group to review our research strategy, to ensure a continuation of international excellence in all areas, and are also preparing for the government's Teaching Quality Assessment in early 1998, which is a major activity.

Working groups have also heen set up to review our long-term growth plans and short-term needs for space, and our graduate studies programme.

We hope progressively to refurbish and modernise accommodation on our Trumpington Street site, where we envisage undergraduate teaching remaining for the foreseeable future. Major new research initiatives requiring new buildings are likely to be at the West Camhridge site, where an extension to our existing Whittle laboratory was recently opened by Sir John Cadogan.

Graduate studies are expected to be a future growth area for the Department. We aim to continue to attract graduates of the highest quality, and to offer a PhD programme which is well-balanced and effective in providing the students with the background and training to enable them to become leaders in research.

This year's CUEA conference, to be held on Friday 19 September, is on the theme of 'Display Technology'. The field of electronic displays is set to undergo revolutionary changes, and the Department is in the forefront of research in this area. The day offers a variety of excellent speakers, with opportunity for questions and discussion. Further information can be obtained from the Director of Research, Dr Malcolm Macleod (e-mail: mdm@eng.cam.ac.uk).