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
    12 June 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    STFC Daresbury Laboratory - Warrington
    This presentation will give an overview of a full scale experimental and CFD analytical validation programme on aerosol gas houses that was conducted in 2017 by Unilever and MMI Thornton Tomasetti.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    12 June 2019 18:00 to 20:30
    The Weavers' Triangle Visitor Centre - Burnley
    Meeting at 6pm at the visitor centre for networking with refreshments and 6:30pm start for the 45-minute historical Burnley canalside walk followed by 15-minute Engine House tour and finally walk back to the visitor centre. Walking alongside the canal is required and entrance to the engine house is by a flight of stone steps.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    13 June 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    The Vagabond - Whitehaven
    Interested in getting involved with the Young Members IMechE in West Cumbria? Come along and join us for our monthly meeting and learn about the exciting plans the committee are making for the year ahead. We are looking for new members to help drive this Young Members Panel forward.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    25 June 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester
    Refreshments available from 6pm Lecture will start at 6.30pm IMechE members and non-members welcome. Please pre-book using IMechE system or following eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/compressed-air-energy-storage-tickets-48125074393
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    27 June 2019 09:30 to 29 June 2019 17:00
    University of Central Lancashire (Greenbank Building) - Preston
    Lancashire Science Festival is back with a bang for 2019. You can look forward to another action-packed fun fest showcasing the wonders of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and more. Prepare to be amazed! On Thursday 27 June and Friday 28 June they will be welcoming thousands of children from primary schools across the region on the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston Campus. Then on Saturday 29 June, they’ll be hosting Family Day openning doors to the general public.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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