Welcome to the Western Region

The Region covers the five Areas listed below:

  1. Bath & Bristol
  2. Devon & Cornwall
  3. Devon & Somerset
  4. Gloucester
  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: Committee meeting or AGM
    13 March 2019 19:00 to 19:20
    EDF Energy
    AGM - All welcome. The committee seeks new members and new ideas for events.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    13 March 2019 19:30 to 21:00
    EDF Energy
    Over the past year or more building work has been going ahead on Gloucestershire’s new “Energy from Waste” (GEfW) next to Junction 12 of the M5. The construction of this facility is part of a joint venture between Urbaser and Balfour Beatty (UBB Gloucestershire). The talk will address the facility as a whole and there will be a chance for questions afterwards.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Competition event
    18 March 2019 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. Other prizes for the runners-up.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Seminar
    19 March 2019 19:00 to 20:00
    Room E1.02 - Exeter
    The aim of the Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP) is to deliver a safe, environmentally responsible and cost effective solution for the dismantling of 27 of the UK’s defueled nuclear powered submarines. This presentation will describe the strategic approach to the SDP, the programme structure, scope and infrastructure upgrades required to support the radioactive waste removal process and a forward looking view of the challenges that lie ahead.Further information can be viewed in the attachment.
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Seminar
    20 March 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    Plymouth University - Plymouth
    The aim of the Submarine Dismantling Project (SDP) is to deliver a safe, environmentally responsible and cost effective solution for the dismantling of 27 of the UK’s defueled nuclear powered submarines after they have left service with the Royal Navy. Mike Donnington will be our guest speaker, Mike is currently head of the SDP activities for Babcock International Group and will talk us through Learning from Experience (LfE) in delivering such a complex nuclear project.
    Industry: Defence
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    21 March 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    UTC Plymouth - Plymouth
    Talk "From Steam to Scrapheap, My Career and the IMechE" and the Devon and Cornwall Area AGM. Featuring a talk from Richard Gibbon about his career, this event will include refreshments, an account of the year and committee role elections. Join us to find out more about the committee and get involved. Please book to help us to plan the correct amount of refreshments.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    26 March 2019 18:00 to 26 February 2019 20:00
    Shire Hall - Gloucester
    Bloodhound SSC is a World Land Speed Record car being designed and built in Bristol. The talk will include videos and lots of technical details, the record attempt and how you can get involved with this amazing project.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    08 April 2019 17:00 to 19:00
    Rooms 5/6, Western House - Swindon
    Annual General Meeting If you would like to join the committee of the Railway Division South Western Centre, or have any comments, please contact the Hon Secretary : rdswsec@imechenearyou.org. . Followed by a symposium. Magnus Conn will present the case for new vehicles and Phil Grey the case for refurbishment. The audience is then invited to interrogate the speakers and make up their own mind which is the better solution.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    09 April 2019 18:00 to 20:00
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    16 April 2019 19:00 to 21:00
    The White Hart - Swindon
    WHAT - IMechE Swindon Area AGM WHEN - Tuesday 16th April 2019 commencing at 7:00 pm. WHERE - The White Hart, High Street, Wroughton SN4 9JX
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    25 April 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    Leonardo Works - Yeovil
    The talk will cover the specifications for the main types of Aviation fuel and how the supply chains ensure that vary large quantities of fuel are unfailingly available to meet demand. The arrangements to supply the large quantities of fuel to aircraft at airports around the world will also be described.
    Industry: Aerospace Industries
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    26 April 2019 09:00 to 27 April 2019 16:00
    The Winter Gardens - Weston-Super-Mare
    The Big Bang Science and Engineering Festival for 2019 will be based at the Winter Gardens on the Weston Super Mare seafront on 26th and 27th April 2019. The aim of the festival is to partially compensate for the lack of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) being taught in primary schools and the narrow coverage of these subjects in secondary schools.
    Industry: Other Industries / Sectors
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    30 April 2019 18:30 to 20:00
    Lecture Room A - TAunton
    The speaker will talk about the recent successes with the University of Nottingham's electric motorcycle, this year beating the previous electric course record for the TT Zero. Narrowly missing out on the win to Mugen Honda. The Pikes Peak (winning their class) and Moto-E (beating many petrol bikes). From a technical perspective the speaker will run through the development of the electric bikes. Highlighting the major challenges which needed to be overcome and the complex engineering employed.
    Industry: Automobile
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    03 May 2019 09:30 to 12:00
    UWE Room 4Q69 - Bristol
    Want to enthuse children about engineering? Come and have a go at some fun, engaging design and make projects and find out how the activities can be used to inspire the next generation. and listen to a talk on STEM engagement. Create your own electric fan boats and vibrating brush monsters. Class packs will be available for attendees to conduct the activities in school.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    22 May 2019 19:00 to 22 February 2019 20:30
    Prima Dental - Gloucester
    Visit to Prima Dental to see manufacturing facilities.
    Industry: Biomedical engineering
  • Event Type: Social event
    29 June 2019 10:30 to 17:00
    Gloucester and Warwickshire Steam Railway - Cheltenham
    Summer social event. Train ride Cheltenham - Broadway return stopping at loco and C&W depots.
    Industry: Railway
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