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            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 visit
    29 March 2023 18:00 to 19:30
    UCLan Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) - Prestron
    The Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) is a state-of-the-art facility, equipped to the highest quality standard, on the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Preston Campus. It is designed to shape the future of engineering skills development within the North West. Meeting at main reception.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    30 March 2023 13:00 to 18:00
    We are keen to support our members in any way we can. For our members who are actively seeking to become professionally registered as a Chartered, Incorporated or EngTech member or as a Fellow, we are offering free events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    31 March 2023 18:30 to 23:00
    Hilton Manchester Deansgate - Manchester
    Join us for a celebration of Engineering Excellence in the North West. The drinks reception commences at 18.30 followed by a four course dinner including wine or soft drinks, and awards will be presented to the IMechE and IChemE winners. Music and entertainment will be provided by ‘Sweet Rhythm’ Big Band with a late bar open until 1am and preferential Hilton hotel room rates. The event is in aid of educational projects, and we will be raising money for the Christie Charitable Fund.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    04 April 2023 18:00 to 19:00
    The lecture will introduce carbon capture technology and its potential role in industrial decarbonisation. It is the advanced cryogenic process that PMW Technology has developed and its advantages of low energy consumption, low environmental impact, and ease of application. The lecture will review the technology highlighting challenges and how we are addressing them and describe some potential applications.
    Industry: Power Industries
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    11 April 2023 10:30 to 14:00
    Leyland Trucks - Leyland
    Leyland Trucks – factory tour and Company presentation Arrive 10:30 for 11am start 11:00 - 12:00 presentation including Electric Truck 12:00 – 12:30 – lunch 12:30 – 13:45 – Factory Tour No entry onto Site without a ticket
    Industry: Automobile
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