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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
    01 June 2023 18:00 to 20:00
    Murgatroyd Brine Pump - Middlewich
    Note. This is a joint event North West Region Lancashire Area in association with with the I.Chem.E Please register directly with the IChemE via the link shown below.. Visit: 1st June 2023 @18:00 – 20:00 Murgatroyd Brine Pump, Brooks Lane, Middlewich, CW10 0JG
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    07 June 2023 12:00 to 13:00
    Online Webinar
    In 2022, the IMechE’s 175th anniversary year, the Institution launched its report ‘A Manifesto for the Future of International Collaborative Engineering’ authored by Dr Tim Fox. The report looks at the challenges and opportunities for international engineering collaboration, especially in the light of the covid-19 pandemic, climate change and emerging geopolitical trends. The key benefit is access to technology, approaches, systems that are particularly high in one country but not in another.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • SLYMP Committee AGM    Fully Booked
    Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    07 June 2023 18:30 to 20:00
    Engineering Innovation Centre - Preston
    AGM of the South Lancashire Young Members Panel Comittee positions will be voted on during this meeting. Anyone is welcomed to consider a possition they would like to hold. More information about the positions will be given during the meeting prior to the voting taking place. Time: 18:30 - 20:00 Please use details in the description to join online via Teams.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    14 June 2023 18:30 to 20:00
    Lancaster University - Lancaster
    REDEFINING RECOVERY: THE RISE OF REHABILITATION ROBOTICS. Join us for a talk on the revolutionary world of healthcare technology with a presentation on rehabilitation robotics.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    17 June 2023 11:00 to 16:00
    Kirkby Stephen East Station - Kirkby Stephen
    The IMechE’s Young Members Panel (YMP) for South Lancashire (SL) region is organizing an exclusive tour of the historic building and facilities. The tour on the day will present an opportunity to look at both the recently restored and ongoing restoration of railway carriages and landmarks. 2025 marks the bicentenary of the Stockton & Darlington Rly, with the newest lottery award going to restore the surviving S&DR signal box (built 1861) to operating condition.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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