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Academic Affiliations

Academic Affiliations

Each NSIRC student is affiliated to a university, which will award the degree and provide the highest quality of academic support. NSIRC partners with world-leading universities in the field of structural integrity to ensure that students have everything they need to meet their academic obligations. Students will have supervision and governance from both an academic supervisor and a TWI industrial supervisor.


TWI Ltd is a global non-profit technology, engineering and R&D consultancy organisation offering expertise across industries from the oil and gas, construction, power, defence and transportation sectors. Its membership consists of over 700 large industrial companies. Corrosion and structural integrity management have been an integral part of TWI’s expertise for more than 60 years.

Brunel University London

Brunel is a campus-based university situated in Uxbridge, West London, and is home to nearly 15,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide. Founded in 1966, its distinctive mission is to combine teaching and research excellence with the practical and entrepreneurial approach pioneered by its namesake, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. NSIRC builds on a long-standing, strategic partnership between Brunel and TWI.

Coventry University

Coventry University’s 28,000+ students enjoy access to placement opportunities to enhance their employment prospects before they graduate. Its students also benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and facilities in all academic disciplines from health, sport science and performing arts to industrial design, engineering and computing.

Cranfield University

Cranfield University is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. With its emphasis on the aerospace, agrifood, defence and security, environmental technology, leadership and management, manufacturing and transport systems sectors, it have changed the way society thinks, works and learns. Cranfield University generate and transform knowledge, translating it to the benefit of society. Our partners, from micro SMEs to the largest blue-chip multinationals, from governments across the world to NGOs and charities, tell us this is what they value about Cranfield.

Kaunas University of Technology

KTU in Lithuania is one the largest technological universities in the Baltics. Known for its linkages with business, leadership in scientific research, flexible interdisciplinary study programmes and unforgettable study experience, KTU is fast forwarding to becoming an internationally renowned institution of higher education.

London South Bank University London

London South Bank University (LSBU) has focused on providing professional opportunity for all who can benefit for well over a century, producing graduates who can meet the challenges of today's workplace. Internationally recognised and world-leading research is a key feature of activity, in a broad array of subjects ranging from nursing through to construction, from psychology to business processes, and from sports science to robotics.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is one of the country’s leading universities with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with business and industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. All of its schools and departments undertake research, alongside over 100 research centres, groups and institute affiliates. Loughborough is ranked 7th place in The UK Complete University Guide 2017.

Pusan National University

Pusan National University (PNU) was established by the national government in 1946 in Pusan, Korea's second largest city. Opening with two faculties, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of Fishery, PNU has grown to be a prestigious university standing abreast with world renowned universities. PNU now comprises 12 colleges, a general graduate school, and six professional graduate schools, and contributes to the development of the nation by producing prominent experts and talented leaders. It is one of ten flagship Korean national universities and a leading university in South Korea.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is a leading innovation-driven entrepreneurial research university in engineering science and technology. The university's mission is to be a leader in the development of human capital and innovative technologies that will contribute to the nation's wealth creation.  

University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen is consistently ranked among the top one percent of the world’s universities. Founded in 1495 and Scotland's third oldest university, it has an outstanding history of pioneering discoveries which have changed thinking and practice in medicine, science, arts and humanities over five centuries. 

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the university has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives. It is constantly developing and evolving through its enhanced research power and reach; the distinctiveness of the exceptional student experience; the breadth and depth of the academic portfolio; and the size and  extent of its global networks.

University of Cambridge

The historic university has over 18,000 students from all walks of life, with nearly 9,000 staff, 31 Colleges and 150 Departments, Faculties, Schools and other institutions.

University of Leeds

The University of Leeds, established in 1904, is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. It is a world-top 100 university and is renowned globally for the quality of its teaching and research. The strength of the academic expertise,  combined with the breadth of disciplines covered, provides a wealth of opportunities and has real impact on the world culturally, economically and societally.  The university strives to achieve academic excellence within an ethical framework informed by its values of integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism.

University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is one of the world’s top universities consistently ranked in global top 200 lists. It has an impressive track record of delivering cutting-edge research in collaboration with industry and the public sector across a range of disciplines from engineering, science, space research and medicine to law, arts, humanities and social science.

University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is distinct not only in its key strengths but in how its many strengths combine; it is research-led and recruits top students and staff from around the world; and it is committed to internationalising all its core activities so that its students can have a valuable and enjoyable experience that prepares them well for the rest of their intellectual, professional and personal lives. The University of Nottingham was ranked 8th Britain in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

University of Southampton

The University of Southampton is changing the world for the better, working with industry, governments and research institutions to make a global impact. It is in the top one percent of universities worldwide. Staff and students tackle real-world issues, making a difference to people’s lives in the local community, across the UK and around the world. From new approaches to sustainable power to pioneering treatments for conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, the university is addressing some of today’s major challenges.

University of Strathclyde

The University was established in 1796 as 'the place of useful learning' and this remains its mission today: to combine academic excellence with social and economic relevance. Its engineering faculty is the largest and best rated in Scotland in terms of research power and the university is rated in the top five in the UK for some of its disciplines.

University of Surrey

Surrey is a world-class, research-led university, committed to research excellence, that celebrates the 125th anniversary of its foundation in 2016. While the University has evolved significantly in that time, its commitment to first-rate academic activity and real-world solutions has remained constant. With its growing expertise in fields such as sustainable energy, telecommunications, space, disease control and health, the University of Surrey is passionate about turning the new knowledge it generates into practical innovations that improve people’s lives. It was named The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 University of The Year.

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam is a modern university with a long and proud history dating from the opening of two 19th century schools which later became the foundations for Sheffield Polytechnic. It is one of the leading new universities in the UK for research, with an international reputation in key research areas such as materials science, art and design, sports science and engineering, biomedicine, and economic and social research. Students of all ages, nationalities and disciplines make the University’s community an enriching and diverse place to live and learn.

The University of Edinburgh

Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities. It is globally recognised for research, development and innovation. The University of Edinburgh has been providing students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. It is currently ranked 17th in the world (QS World University Ranking 2013). The University of Edinburgh has got a long tradition of excellence which consistently serves the needs of industry and commerce across the UK and internationally. It was one of the first universities in the UK to actively develop commercial links with industry, government and the professions. The University of Edinburgh values, and strongly encourages, the commercial development of research from academics.

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is world-renowned for engineering materials research relevant to the nuclear, aerospace and oil and gas sectors and is the largest single-site University in the UK.

Tianjin University

Founded in 1895 as Peiyang University, Tianjin University (TJU) is the first university in China. As the pioneer of modern higher education in China, TJU has been committed to the mission of revitalizing this country through education ever since its foundation.

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