Welcome to the North Western Region

Welcome to the North Western Region, which has a total of 6818 registered IMechE members (2360 Affiliates; 1243 Associate Members; 2649 Members and 566 Fellows), covering South Cumbria, West Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester areas.

Each Area is well served by a main Area Committee and a separate Young Members Panel who work tirelessly both together and independently with their local communities to engage their members through holding informative talks and visits, as well as striving to inspire the next generation of Engineers through involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Educational activities in schools and colleges.

The Region is also home to several thriving IMechE Divisions and Groups; Automotive, Aerospace, Power, Manufacturing, Process and Railway Divisions, which along with the Area Committees and Young Member Panels, co-ordinate their activities across the Region through the IMechE North West Regional Committee. Despite the NW Region being a geographically large and diverse area, the Regional Committee endeavours to be accessible to all those that it represents by rotating its Quarterly Committee Meetings around the Region, going to each Area in turn throughout the year.

The Regional Committee also brings the entire Region together by hosting a Prestigious Annual Dinner once a year, where members along with representatives from the Region’s key Engineering Industries and Further Education providers, come together to celebrate the Engineering achievements of the North West Region.

The Region has a vast diversity of Engineering/Industry, with large National and International companies working in the Nuclear, Ship Building and Aeronautical sectors, as well as thriving Small Medium Enterprise companies with specialties in Automobile, Railways and Aeronautics located across the Region.

The Region has some of the top Engineering Universities in the country, including Universities in Lancaster, Manchester, Bolton and Preston, and is home to the IMechE’s University Design Challenge competition, which has its roots here in Greater Manchester and the North West Region, and is now a International IMechE Competition being adopted by other Regions across this country as well as in China and Pakistan overseas.

The Joint Institution Group in the North West has been led by the IMechE for several years with one of its main schemes being Engineering Your Future school career awareness days. It now runs 7 events across the North West, more than any other Region in the country, and these have become embedded in most STEM school and college calendars throughout the Region. The Region enjoys unrivalled links with other PEI’s in the region, both through JIG(NW) and through the respective local area networks

All Areas in the Region also run their own extensive education outreach programme with an extensive set of education resources available to all members.

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    24 January 2017 18:00 to 20:30
    Management School - Lecture Theatre No. 8 - Lancaster,
    Industry: Nuclear power
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    24 January 2017 18:00 to 22:30
    Management School - Lecture Theatre No. 8 - Lancaster,
    Industry: Nuclear power
  • Event Type: Workshop
    07 February 2017 09:00 to 16:00
    Daresbury Laboratory
    Free workshop from 9-4pm will cover: a) Fluid flow and hydrodynamic behavior in stirred vessels, b) Dispersing gas and solids in liquids, c) Behavior of high viscosity fluids, d) Fluid-structure interactions in mixing vessels, etc and e) Optimization of process equipment.
    Industry: Process
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    07 February 2017 18:30 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University T0.03 - Manchester
    Drs Tom Allen and Heather Driscoll will give an overview of their industry led research projects, including work with the International Society for Skiing Safety and World Rugby.
    Industry: Biomedical engineering
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    08 February 2017 19:30 to 21:00
    The Forum - Barrow-in-Furness
    In this talk I will discuss the concept of absolute zero, why it is important and how to approach it. I will include why it is useful to explore such extremely cold temperatures, some of the phenomena discovered on the way, and how scientists go about achieving such low temperatures. I will illustrate the subject with a brief description of the technology used, some of it developed and improved at Lancaster.”
    Industry: Cross-sector
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