Welcome to the Western Region

During the COVID-19 Lockdown period many of the usual events have been either postponed or cancelled.  We hope to establish a series of virtual events within the Region and signpost those organised by HQ IMechE.  Indeed the move to virtual events by many regions potentially opens up opportunities to participate in more events.

Western Region proudly share many of their events with other Professional Engineering Institutions including Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Institute of Physics (IoP), Nuclear Institute (NI), West of England Metals and Materials Association (WEMMA) and many more

The Region covers the six Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon & Cornwall
  3. Devon & Somerset
  4. Gloucester
  5. Swindon
  6. Channel Islands
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 (Bath & 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
Matt Chapman - Western Secretary

 

Join the Committee

Committees are Regional and Area level are always looking for volunteers to deliver the exciting programme and services that our members deserve.  The commitment can be as little or as much as your circumstances allow over time so please get involved.  The Regional Committee meets once a quarter and Areas tend to meet once a month.

Committee membership is a great way to improve your networking, demonstrate a commitment to the profession and contribute to your Continuous Professional Development now required to sustain professional registration.

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    29 September 2020 17:30 to 19:00
    VIRTUAL LECTURE
    This event is a webinar and registration is essential - joining instructions will be sent to you. This is the AGM from last season followed by the Railway Division Chair's address to the south west centre - The Long History and Exciting Future of Railway Systems Thinking . The Railway Division chair and presenter is Professor Felix Schmid.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    06 October 2020 18:00 to 20:00
    Zoom Online Meeting Platform
    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
    12 October 2020 12:30 to 13:00
    Webinar
    At this challenging time, 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 or Incorporated Member, we are now offering free online events and support. Let us help you complete your application in 5 x half hour workshops
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    13 October 2020 15:00 to 16:00
    Webex meeting - N/A
    Zoom talk about the history of the famous ship SS Great Briatain, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunell. The ship was wrecked in the Falkland Islands and brought back to Bristol in the early 70s and is now restored and open to visitors. An excellent attraction for all the family and will keep the engineers occupied.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 October 2020 17:30 to 19:00
    VIRTUAL LECTURE
    This event is a webinar and registration is essential - joining instructions will be sent to you.. Nasser Majothi of WSP Rail UK explains the myths and legends of the ‘system’.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    14 October 2020 18:30 to 20:00
    Webinar
    The decarbonisation of heat is hard and the UK has a strong gas usage heritage with over 86% of all homes, some 23m, being connected to the gas grid. We also have around 2m homes not on the gas grid using even higher carbon emitting heating products such as oil and Lpg. It is looking like the choice of options for the majority of homes is narrowing down to either electricity or a carbon free gas such as hydrogen.
    Industry: Renewable energy
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    19 October 2020 14:00 to 15:00
    Webex meeting - N/A
    This course will provide top tips and best practices for how to fill out your MPDS quarterly reports.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    20 October 2020 12:00 to 13:00
    Webinar
    Find out how the Institution supports members with carrying out and recording their Continuing Professional Development. Hear from engineers in the MOD and the Chair of the Western region about the opportunities and tools that they have found useful in addressing their CPD.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    02 November 2020 19:00 to 20:00
    Webinar
    At this challenging time, we are keen to support our members in any way we can. Whether you're working towards professional registration, undertaking Initial Professional Development (IPD) or keen to demonstrate your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) we can help.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    04 November 2020 18:00 to 20:00
    Zoom Online Meeting Platform
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    10 November 2020 19:00 to 21:00
    VIRTUAL LECTURE
    This is a virtual meeting, registration is essential - joining instructions will be sent to you (please click event title for further details). Malcolm Simpson of Transport for London will present his view of the history of the London Underground system
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    03 December 2020 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: Technical lecture
    15 December 2020 17:30 to 19:00
    VIRTUAL LECTURE
    This event is a webinar and registration is essential - joining instructions will be sent to you. Graham Nicholas will update us on the progress of this innovative project to construct a brand new LNER design P2 locomotive. The team that successfully built the A2 go one step further.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    18 December 2020 10:00 to 15:00
    Virtual
    At this challenging time, 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 now offering free online events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    07 January 2021 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
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