60 second science: Rolls-Royce


The prize winners shake hands

Professor Richard J Parker: We’ve built a network today of 28 university technology centres worldwide. It’s important to engage universities because they bring a freshness to our research.

Dr Mike Howse: We have a process of trying to work out what products we will need and what technology we will need in order to satisfy the customer. The university technology centres are absolutely key in getting on the shelf he technology we need for those future challenges.

Professor Philip C Ruffles: We did an audit and something like 70 per cent of the information that had been transferred to Rolls-Royce had been used either in products or in design processes. The value that was contributed was far greater than the cost that we had invested in the centres.

Professor Richard J Parker: Rolls-Royce has a very strong brand an in chosing a UTC we look at world-class universities and even within those universities look for world-class researchers and professors who have high esteem in the academic world.

About the film

Filmed on location at Rolls-Royce Technology Centre, Derby; Osney Thermo-Fluids Laboratory, University of Oxford.

Director: Martyn Bull
Producer: Thomas Delfs
Camera: Steve Allen
Editor: Jacinta Madison
Music: Ram Khatabakhsh
Cast: Professor Richard Parker, Dr Mike Howse and Professor Philip Ruffles

Production company: Orca Media
Client: Institute of Physics