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 and a special interest Railway Division South West Centre.

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.

With the resumption of a full service, post COVID, we expect to re-instate the monthly newsletter summarising events.  This is followed up by a targeted email advertising each event about 2 weeks before it happens. 

Johnathan Milsom - Western Chair
Monika Heaton - 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: Committee meeting or AGM
    01 December 2021 18:00 to 20:00
    Quaker House - Plymouth
    Devon and Cornwall Area Committee meeting. Open to all, we welcome visitors of all interests and disciplines.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Careers & education
    02 December 2021 18:00 to 21:00
    The Hole in the Wall - Bristol
    Careers & Beers is an informal high-speed career advice service for undergraduates, college students and young professionals looking to get an insight into engineering careers from young professionals & IMechE young members in the local area.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    06 December 2021 17:00 to 19:00
    STEAM Museum - Swindon
    Dr Greg Morse of RSSB gives an entertaining and comprehensive insight into how previous incidents have shaped today’s railway. Our traditional Christmas family friendly event will be held at The Steam Museum in Swindon and followed by a Buffet. All welcome
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    07 December 2021 18:30 to 20:00
    University of Exeter - Exeter
    PLEASE BOOK USING THE EVENTBRITE LINK BELOW: https://electricvehicles.eventbrite.co.uk Please join us in person or on-line for this year's Devon & Somerset IMechE Christmas Lecture. We will be discussing one of the hottest topics on earth, how do we move from carbon emitting combustion engine cars to electric cars? What will it mean for
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Social event
    07 December 2021 18:30 to 20:00
    Alumni Auditorium - Exeter
    Annual family-friendly Christmas themed lecture from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and The University of Exeter. What will it mean for the UK's energy system, could it create issues, or could it be of benefit? Our experts tackle that and other electric car-related concerns. Free event: Please book via https://t.co/DolBkYELdq?amp=1 This event is both an in-person event and available via a live stream.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    09 December 2021 17:30 to 20:30
    Bristol Blue Glass - Bristol
    Come and join the Bath and Bristol Young Members Panel at the Bristol Blue Glass factory in Brislington, Bristol. The evening will begin with a talk about the history of glass blowing, with a chance to watch a glass-blower in action. We will then have the opportunity to each make our very own glass Christmas bauble, under the instruction of one of the glass blowers.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical visit
    09 December 2021 18:00 to 20:00
    Applied Automation Ltd - Plymouth
    Join the IMechE Devon and Cornwall Committee for an in-depth tour of Applied Automation's factory based in Plymouth. The visit will involve a presentation about Applied Automation followed by a tour of the facility.
    Industry: Machine systems informatics & control
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    15 December 2021 10:30 to 11:30
    Online
    This webinar has been designed to help you prepare for your Professional Review Interview. Following the presentation we will be available to answer any specific questions regarding application forms and general questions about the PRI.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    05 January 2022 17:15 to 19:30
    *TBC
    How the inspection of track and overhead line equipment can be achieved from service trains is explained by Jason Saxon (Director Asset Information Systems - NR) and David Eveleigh (GWR).
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    06 January 2022 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: Professional development event
    24 January 2022 12:00 to 14:00
    Webex meeting - N/A
    We are keen to support our members in any way we can. For apprentices and students who are actively seeking to become an affiliate member. We are offering free online events and support.
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    26 January 2022 18:00 to 19:00
    Online - Microsoft Teams
    Join us on the Bath & Bristol Young Members Panel Committee meeting to find out more about what we do in the area and get involved with the IMechE! We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, ideas for bigger projects, and an opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    07 February 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    Dr Jonathan Aylen, immediate past-president of the Newcomen Society, talks about the origins of the TOPS traffic management system in America being born from cold war defence computing.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    15 February 2022 13:00 to 17 February 2022 15:00
    Webinar
    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, but do not meet the academic requirements, however can demonstrate this via their work based learning, we can offer a free Career Learning Assessment (CLA). Let us help you complete your CLA Stage 2 application in 2 x 2 hour workshops
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    23 February 2022 18:00 to 19:00
    Online - Microsoft Teams
    Join us on the Bath & Bristol Young Members Panel Committee meeting to find out more about what we do in the area and get involved with the IMechE! We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, ideas for bigger projects, and an opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    28 February 2022 10:00 to 15:00
    Virtual
    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: Technical lecture
    02 March 2022 16:00 to 19:00
    University of West of England - Bristol
    Railway industry employers’ careers fayre followed by Simon Lawson - Taylor Airey and John Batty - GWR speaking about the reconfiguration and installation of ETCS onto class 387 EMUs. From project initiation to daily operation, the talk will cover various aspects and challenges including design, authorisation and service introduction. Explaining the experience gained and the lessons learned for future ETCS rollout.
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Competition event
    28 March 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    Aspiring engineers describe the technical challenges they have addressed in a presentation competition with monetary prizes and the chance to progress to the national final at Birdcage Walk. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE PART PLEASE CONTACT MICK JAMES
    Industry: Railway
  • Event Type: Committee meeting or AGM
    30 March 2022 18:00 to 19:00
    Online - Microsoft Teams
    Join us on the Bath & Bristol Young Members Panel Committee meeting to find out more about what we do in the area and get involved with the IMechE! We are a friendly bunch and our once monthly meetings help us decide what events to put on, ideas for bigger projects, and an opportunity to get to know people with similar interests in your area!
    Industry: Cross-sector
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    25 April 2022 17:00 to 19:00
    *TBC
    AGM of Railway Division South Western centre followed by presentation by Project Engineer from Siemens introducing the design challenges and technological innovations associated with London’s new deep tube stock.
    Industry: Railway
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