Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education

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The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) has been part of the University of Birimingham for over 50 years. The BCRRE is the largest rail-focused academic research centre in the UK and some way beyond.  It has an international reputation for translational research – internationally validated examples of this ‘research into reality’ include: Condition Based Maintenance, Remote Condition Monitoring, Ride Quality Assessment, Energy Efficiency Monitoring & Saving, Capacity Management/Development as well as research support to rail infrastructure and rolling stock projects. 

The BCRRE’s MSc courses in Railway Systems Engineering and Integration (RSEI) and Railway Safety and Control Systems (RSCS) have helped to develop Railway Engineering/Operations staff from over 50 countries for over 25 years. Additionally, for eligible UK-based participants, the MSc RSEI and RSCS courses are available as a fully-funded Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship.  Moreover, for those taking the signalling pathway as part of the MSc RSCS programme, successful completion of this degree will also provide exemption from the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) examinations at Member level.

BCRRE’s strong railway expertise and commitment to enterprise and innovation enables it to advise and work alongside key industry initiatives, such as: Network Rail’s Digital Railway Programme, HS2’s Track Design Strategy and London Underground’s Asset Management Programme.  The BCRRE has also been a member of the European Rail Clusters Initiative (ERCI) since 2010 and this network of 17 railway B2B clusters increases our reach internationally spanning the mainland continent of Europe from Spain in the west to Turkey in the east and from Sweden in the north to the Balkan states in the south.  

BCRRE leads the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN): a collaboration of 20+ universities and 30+ industrial partners, funded with a total of £43.1M in grants from Research England and a commitment of £90M+ of research activity from UK and international industrial partners.  As a consequence, BCRRE is well-placed to assist innovative UK and international SMEs to gain a foothold within railway supply chains at home and abroad.

Finally, the UoB has recently opened its flagship campus in Dubai offering capabilities in railway education (at post graduate level) as well as applied contextual research.


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