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BIS-sponsored Mentor Challenge fund

The National Composites Centre in collaboration with Composites UK is running a pilot mentoring scheme for SMEs through 2014/15.

The pilot scheme is looking for both mentors and mentees in the following topic areas:

  • Health and Safety – Composites UK is developing a composites sector Health and Safety Management Plan. Take advantage of this opportunity for a H&S mentor to guide you through implementation of the plan in your own company.
  • Environmental – resource efficiency, waste reduction and end-of-life – learn how to save money on your process through efficient use of resources, waste reduction and more efficient recycling methods.
  • Technical – support on process improvement, design, optimisation and simulation.
  • Business Improvement and Innovation – includes signposting to support funding, collaboration opportunities and new product development.

    All Mentors will be supported through the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs’ certificated ‘Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring’ workshop and, along with their experience, knowledge and expertise, will be able to help develop and guide mentees into the world of composites.
    The pilot scheme is due to start from 1 April 2014. If you are interested in taking part in the scheme, either as a mentor or mentee, please contact Stacey Downton. For more details on the scheme visit our website.


    Annual General Meeting announcement

    The Aerospace Division will be holding its 30th Annual General Meeting on the evening of Tuesday 13 May 2014. Elements of the Division’s Annual Report will be presented and the results from the Board Elections will be announced. If you would like to attend these proceedings please register at: for more information, contact  Alternatively, if you would like to make a nomination, please email before Tuesday 8 April 2014.

    The AGM, prize giving and lecture will be held at One Birdcage Walk, London SW1H 9JJ.  This year’s lecture will be presented by the outgoing Chairman, Mr Tim Brandt, 'Engineering the moon – the engineering inspirations of Project Apollo'.

    Whittle Reactionaries Prize

    The deadline is for this prize is drawing close; it is open to members and non-members who have been qualified as engineers for less than ten years and studying / working in the UK. The winner will receive prize money of up to £1500 and a specially commissioned, engraved bronze medal.

    Future events

    The Aerospace Division's Technical Activity Committees have organised a programme of events for this year. Additional to these IMechE also co-sponsors events prepared by the other Aerospace Partners as well as other charitable organisations.  In addition to the division's work, there are a whole host of other activities taking place near you.  Here are just some aerospace activities that are taking place.  To get your event listed, contact

    Student seminars

    The Aerospace Division holds free, half-day events aimed at those beginning their career in aerospace engineering; they may just have started studying at university, may be embarking on an apprenticeship or enrolled in MPDS..

    Aerospace centres

    The Division established its first Regional Committee (the Western Aerospace Centre) in Bristol in October 2000 and was proud to launch its second (IMechE Aerospace North West) in May 2004.  Look out for details of the next Annual Northern Aerospace Forum (ANAF) due to be held this October in Blackburn.

    Schools Aerospace Challenge

    The Schools Aerospace Challenge is an event open to students between the ages of 16 and 18. The name of this year's winning team can be discovered by visiting the website.

    Aerospace Partnership

    The Aerospace Partnership between the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Royal Aeronautical Society was established in 1997. Members of each body are cross-represented on each Board and staff meet biennially to decide which events should be co-sponsored.

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    Putting the space into aerospace

    If you are interested in space - update your profile so that we know and can make sure that more activities are organised on this topic.  If you would like to recommend any ideas, please contact Lisa Meenan.  A list of activities organised by the IET's Satellite Systems and Applications Network can be viewed in the list of future supported events

    If you are interested why not update your profile?  This will help give the Division an idea of the potential audience; if you would like to recommend any ideas, please contact  A list of activities organised by the IET's Satellite Systems and Applications Network can be viewed in the list of future supported events. 

    Technical Activity Committees (TACs)

    The Division has four Technical Activity Committees, each of which organise their own events:


    Advances in aerospace propulsion

    Riti Singh, Professor Emeritus Gas Turbine Engineering, Cranfield University and Past Chairman of the Aerospace Division gave his lecture 'Post Nubes Lux: Aerospace Propulsion'.  It is available to view online along with the results of the questionnaire and the paper from Riti's 2001 lecture.


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