Oxfordshire Automotive Division Centre

The Oxfordshire Automotive Division has the primary aim of informing and educating young, early-career and established engineers in the Oxfordshire region. Please come along to one of our exciting talks this year.

If you are an automotive engineer, or an engineer with an interest in automotive, or if you are an undergraduate hoping to work in the automotive industry, then this page will be of interest to you.

What is the aim of this Automotive Division?

We aim to deliver a variety of lectures, seminars and careers events which are specifically tailored for automotive engineers in our region. 

Each event is an excellent opportunity to share knowledge on a specific topic and to network with peers, as the attendance at these events tends to range from graduate level engineers through to experienced professionals.

It is important that these events are engaging and pitched at an appropriate level for the audience. If you have any feedback on a recent event or suggestions for future events, please contact the Web Officer using the contact details below.

What are the 'specifics' for a typical event?

In the last few years, we've hosted events such as as Mike Elliott (Head of Aerodynamics at Mercedes F1 Team) on the development of aerodynamics in F1. Ben Evans on the Bloodhound SSC project and many more. What's more, admittance is always free-of-charge for all attendees - members and non-members.

How do I stay informed about these events?

All of our events are officially listed on this page (using the navigation on the left of the page). We also have a mailing list which is used specifically for our events, which means you won't be bombarded with spam!

If you would like to be first to hear about these events, please email our Web Officer using the contact details below. It is also advisable to set your mailbox settings such that mail from oxfordshireADweb@IMechEnetwork.org does not get diverted to junk.

These events are also advertised through our social media pages - well worth following, please use these links:


Lastly, if you wish to hear about other non-automotive IMechE events in the Oxford (or Thameswey) region, then don't forget to sign up for your IMechE membership so you can receive information for a specific region or discipline.

Who are the committee members?

The committee is comprised of engineers from a range of disciplines within the automotive industry with experience in commercial vehicle and road car design, motorsport, Formula 1, low carbon technology, academia and much more. Having a diverse committee is crucial for providing a balanced series of events in 2015, ensuring that we engage with as many engineers as possible.

This is led by Neil Ashton - University of Oxford (Chair) and Jeroen Klein Geltink - Renault F1 Team (Vice-Chair). We are looking for new committee members so please e-mail our Chairman  Neil Ashton if you want to get involved. Volunteering for your Institution means you can really give something back to the profession.


Current and Future Events

Looking for an event nearby? If there are no events indicated contact your local representative to exchange your ideas for forthcoming activity.

Please click the event heading for further information.
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Why Automotive? Why Oxfordshire?

The Oxfordshire region contributes significantly to R&D, design and manufacturing processes for some of the country's largest automotive companies, which has attracted top engineers from around the world and contributed to a thriving Automotive community on our doorstep. This region also boasts some renowned universities and colleges which are training the next generation of highly skilled engineers.

A report from the SMMT shows how the motor car industry has been growing year-on-year since 2009*, making our industry as relevant as ever. 

It was realised that Oxfordshire falls between three main IMechE Automotive Centres - Coventry Automotive Division (AD) to the north, Western AD based in Bristol and the Eastern AD based in Luton - all of which provide excellent events for their members but are just outwith travelling distance from parts of Oxfordshire. We hope to fill the gap between these centres whilst actively working with them to host combined events.

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