Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon and Cornwall
  3. Gloucester
  4. Somerset
  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: Technical Lecture
    07 September 2015 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    This year's Railway Division chairman is a familiar face to the South West Centre, having been our chairman for the past three years. Chris Kinchin-Smith's talk will examine why as the railway continues to see challenges with transformation and capacity, it is key to understand the opportunities and challenges presented by growth.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    08 September 2015 09:00 to 16:00
    *TBC
    *** NOT OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC *** The Devon and Cornwall Area Committee is supporting UTC Plymouth 'Build A Race Car' Day
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    09 September 2015 19:30 to 22:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, idea's for bigger projects and just a general opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area! We hope to see you soon!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    10 September 2015 14:00 to 16:00
    National Marine Aquarium - PLYMOUTH
    STEM Ambassador Workshop: learn how to deliver a primary school science lesson to Key Stage 2 & 3 children and receive all the materials you need to do it
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    10 September 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Plymouth - Plymouth
    STEM Ambassador Workshop: learn how to deliver a primary school science lesson to Key Stage 2 & 3 children and receive all the materials you need to do it
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    10 September 2015 18:30 to 19:30
    The Hyde Park - PLYMOUTH
    A great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from a wide range of local businesses, make new friends, and perhaps even to solve that problem you've been working on!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Talk
    16 September 2015 17:30 to 19:30
    Cranfield University
    Nuclear submarines have the qualities of stealth, endurance and flexibility that afford them an unparalleled freedom to operate worldwide and “Life in a Nuclear Submarine” is a not too- serious view of what life is like for the ship’s company in some of the UK’s most powerful weapons.
    Industry: Defence & Government Services
  • Event Type: Annual Dinner
    18 September 2015 18:30 to 23:30
    ss Great Britain - Bristol
    *This event has been cancelled* Join the Bath & Bristol Young Members' Panel, along with other engineers aboard Brunel's legendary ss Great Britain for this black-tie celebratory dinner and networking event!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Social Event
    19 September 2015 10:00 to 17:00
    Commercial Wharf - PLYMOUTH
    Build a boat out of nothing but a few bits of cardboard and some sticky tape, then sail it around a course in Plymouth harbour!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    19 September 2015 10:00 to 17:00
    Commercial Wharf - PLYMOUTH
    Engineers Without Borders will show you how to make a water pump from common building materials and household waste! Why? Because in remote parts of the world, where mains water is not available, this simple device can make the difference between life and death by providing access to safe drinking water.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    19 September 2015 10:00 to 17:00
    Commercial Wharf - PLYMOUTH
    Nature knows best! Staff and STEM Ambassadors from the National Marine Aquarium will demonstrate how some marine organisms have mastered the laws of physics to survive.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Talk
    23 September 2015 18:30 to 20:30
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    Following the very successful event: ‘Engineering for Fun - Inspiring the Next Generation’ in January. The Gloucester Area IMechE committee is running a similar event in September with a model building session, talk and book signing. Open to all, including children. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    23 September 2015 19:30 to 21:00
    The Bull at Hinton - Chippenham
    Monthly Bath Bristol area committee meeting.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Schools/Colleges/University Events
    27 September 2015 07:30 to 17:00
    Castle Combe Circuit - Chippenham
    For more information and opportunities to volunteer, please see the Greenpower website: http://greenpower.co.uk/events/events/castle-combe-heat-2015
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    08 October 2015 18:30 to 19:30
    The Hyde Park - PLYMOUTH
    A great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from a wide range of local businesses, make new friends, and perhaps even to solve that problem you've been working on!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Social Event
    08 October 2015 19:30 to 21:30
    *TBC
    Do you have a brain the size of a planet? Take on teams of other engineers in our challenging quiz to find out if you are the brainiest young engineer in the South West, or at least the smartest friends.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    13 October 2015 00:00 to 00:00
    *TBC
    Alan King from IMechE HQ will provide provide professional development advice for those seeking professional registration with the Engineering Council
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    14 October 2015 00:00 to 00:00
    *TBC
    Alan King from IMechE HQ will provide provide professional development advice for those seeking professional registration with the Engineering Council
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    14 October 2015 19:00 to 22:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, idea's for bigger projects and just a general opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area! Our October meeting will be a special meeting to brainstorm events for 2016. We hope to see you soon!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    19 October 2015 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    The Independently Powered Electric Multiple-Unit (IPEMU) project is a battery-powered train that entered trial passenger service in Essex, in January 2015. James Ambrose managed the project for Network Rail and explains the trials and the lessons learned.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    21 October 2015 19:30 to 21:00
    The Bull at Hinton - Chippenham
    Monthly Bath Bristol area committee meeting.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Talk
    04 November 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    An illustrated talk on the loss of the Titanic. Aimed at professional engineers, although a non-technical audience should have no problems to follow..
    Industry: Offshore Engineering
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    11 November 2015 19:30 to 22:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, idea's for bigger projects and just a general opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area! We hope to see you soon!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    12 November 2015 18:00 to 20:00
    University of Bath - Bath
    A dual presentation from the supplier of the new train and the engineer planning for their use in service. More details to follow
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    12 November 2015 18:30 to 19:30
    The Hyde Park - PLYMOUTH
    A great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from a wide range of local businesses, make new friends, and perhaps even to solve that problem you've been working on!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    18 November 2015 19:30 to 21:00
    The Bull at Hinton - Chippenham
    Monthly Bath Bristol area committee meeting.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Talk
    02 December 2015 19:00 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Discover the engineering challenges of maintaining a steam locomotive to meet the tough requirements of today's main line, and learn about the features of the new P2 which will set it apart from the original locomotives and ensure that it turns heads wherever it goes.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    09 December 2015 19:30 to 22:00
    The Inn on the Green - Bristol
    We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, idea's for bigger projects and just a general opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area! We hope to see you soon!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Committee Meeting
    10 December 2015 18:30 to 19:30
    The Hyde Park - PLYMOUTH
    A great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals from a wide range of local businesses, make new friends, and perhaps even to solve that problem you've been working on!
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    14 December 2015 17:00 to 20:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Lecture about the exciting new trains coming to the Great Western, and an update about the factory in England being constructed to build them. Followed by a hot buffet. More details to follow.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    06 January 2016 17:15 to 20:00
    Davidson House - Reading
    Joint Event between Railway Division South West Centre and Permanent Way Institute. Andy Savage will look at the history of railway built heritage in the UK, the issues that led to the demolition of much of it, and how the RHT has contributed over the last 30 years to the retention and rehabilitation of what has survived.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional Development Event
    27 January 2016 19:00 to 21:00
    Messier-Bugatti-Dowty - Gloucester
    Find the right route for you to profeesional registration with Alan King.
    Industry: Non Industry Specific
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    17 February 2016 19:00 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    This lecture will examine that process and efforts to maintain the relentless pace of launching new models and introducing innovative technologies for Jaguar Land Rover
    Industry: Automotive
  • Event Type: Technical Lecture
    25 February 2016 18:00 to 21:00
    Reading University, Palmer 1.09 Lecture Theatre - Reading
    Talk about the design and planning for the new rolling stock MORE DETAIL TO FOLLOW
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition Event
    14 March 2016 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. And other prizes for the runners-up. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR TAKING PART IN THIS EVENT PLEASE CONTACT MICK JAMES AT THE ADDRESS SHOWN BELOW
    Industry: Railway
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