Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon & Cornwall
  3. Devon & Somerset
  4. Gloucester
  5. Swindon

In addition there is a Young Member Panel centred around Bristol. There are also three Divisional Centres for those with specialist interests in the Aerospace, Automobile and Railway industries.

  • Western Young Members (Bristol)
  • Aeronautical
  • Automobile
  • Railway
Information about events and contacts for each Area or Panel is provided in their respective pages.

The overall programme for the Region aims to provide a mixture of learned society activities including prestige lectures, talks on popular subjects, visits to industrial organisations, aspects of Continuing Professional Development, student prizes and social functions.

Details of the programme, typically comprising around 90 events organised by the Region, Areas, Young Member Panel and Divisional Centres, are printed on a single card, which is sent to all our members during September each year via an insert in Professional Engineering.

Ian Parsons - Western Chair
Mike Moseley - Treasurer

Western Region Facebook Page

 

 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    26 September 2018 14:00 to 16:00
    UWE Room 2Q43 - Bristol
    Want to enthuse children about engineering? Come and have a go at some fun, engaging design and make projects and listen to a talk on STEM engagement. Create your own balloon buggies and fan boats, and find out how the activities can be used to inspire the next generation. Class packs will be available for attendees to conduct the activities in school.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    04 October 2018 19:00 to 21:00
    University of Bristol - Bristol
    WESTERN AEROSPACE CENTRE PRESTIGE LECTURE 2018 EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION IN AVIATION: THE JET ENGINES OF TOMORROW AND ELECTRIFIED FLIGHT
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Seminar
    09 October 2018 18:00 to 20:00
    Opie Lecture Theatre, Cornwall College - Cornwall
    Hosted by Cornwall College Technology department, the Area Committee brings you a talk on the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership (LowCVP). This is a joint event with the IMechE Process Industries Division Board. Brian Robinson, Programme Manager (Commercial Vehicles) will give a talk on behalf of LowCVP entitled "Reducing emissions from heavy and commercial vehicles; the fuels, technologies and policies to transform the sector".
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    10 October 2018 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    17 October 2018 18:30 to 20:30
    Swindon College - Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET. The first of two lectures (see also 18 Feb 2019) on the impact of the digital technology revolution. How does the railway need to change to embrace digital technology?
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    25 October 2018 18:30 to 21:00
    Arup - Bristol
    The Bristol & Bath Young Members Panel would like to invite entrants to the Bristol heat of the 'Speak Out for Engineering' (SofE) competition.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    13 November 2018 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    14 November 2018 17:00 to 20:30
    University of Bath
    Presentation of the experience gained in the first year of operation on GWR of the new Hitachi IET trains. Careers fayre at 17.00; lecture commences 18.30
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    14 November 2018 19:30 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Full details to follow... Joint with IET
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Seminar
    20 November 2018 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Exeter - Cornwall
    A joint event with the Food and Drink Engineering Committee, Exeter University Renewable Energy Group and the Devon and Cornwall Area Committee. This Talk from Dr Mike Inkson, CEO of Sugar Knowledge International Ltd, will cover Practical Implications of Thermodynamics for Generation and Cogeneration as well as Commercial and Environmental Factors. The evening will also include networking and refreshments.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    10 December 2018 17:00 to 20:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Peter Jennings explains the history of steam railmotors and the restoration of the Great Western Society's example.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    13 December 2018 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    09 January 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Davidson House - Reading
    JOINT EVENT WITH PWI Matthew Savastano explains his role in the project to provide new high speed railway network in western USA
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    15 January 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    06 February 2019 16:00 to 19:00
    Portsmouth University
    Lecture by Neil Drury explaining the engineering challenge to modify legacy rolling stock for a new era. Careers fayre at 16.00, lecture commence 17.30
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    07 February 2019 18:30 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Craig Davies - IMechE Southern Business Development Executive HQ will give an interactive presentation on the current processes for progressing membership, focusing in particular on preparing for the professional interview. A number of experienced engineers will be on hand for break out one to one sessions to discuss the process of progressing membership and offer their advice.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    13 February 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    18 February 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    JOINT EVENT WITH IET. The challenges and benefits for UK of onboard ETCS fitment to railway vehicles.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    14 March 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition event
    18 March 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    One of the highlights of the year; Young Engineers (typically with less than 10 years experience) will present their papers, in competition with each other. The winner will receive a prize of £200 and will go forward for a place in the national final later in the year at Birdcage Walk, London. Other prizes for the runners-up.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    08 April 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Annual General Meeting If you would like to join the committee of the Railway Division South Western Centre, or have any comments, please contact the Hon Secretary : rdswsec@imechenearyou.org. . Followed by a symposium. Magnus Conn will present the case for new vehicles and Phil Grey the case for refurbishment. The audience is then invited to interrogate the speakers and make up their own mind which is the better solution.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    09 April 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    *TBC
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    29 June 2019 10:30 to 17:00
    Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway - Cheltenham
    Summer social event. Train ride Cheltenham - Broadway return stopping at loco and C&W depots.
    Industry: Railway
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