The Department benefits from the concentration of aerospace industry in the south-west of England and a key feature of the Department's research is its close links with the industry including AirbusRolls-Royce, Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland), BAE Systems and others further afield.
The Department has also seen burgeoning links with the renewable energy industry. Some of these research links have led to the establishment of formal technology partnerships; the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Composites and a composites technology partnership with Vestas Wind Systems.
The result of this close relationship with industry, associated with substantial research funding from other UK and EU sources, is that the Department's research is industrially relevant and at the leading edge of the aerospace sector as reflected by the high proportion of research found to be internationally excellent and world-leading in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework.
The Department's research is industrially relevant and at the leading edge of the aerospace sector.
Bristol is at the heart of research into composites. The University owns the National Composites Centre which helps transition new technologies from academia to industry.