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Yorkshire Region

Number 4468 Mallard



Yorkshire holds the distinction of being the very first Branch to be created within the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and in 2021 we celebrated our centenary. The inaugural meeting was held in Leeds on the 14th February 1921, and after initially being known as the "Leeds Branch", it was later renamed the Yorkshire Region in 1998.

The past 100 years have seen many changes in the world of engineering and Yorkshire has been at the forefront of innovation and technology. The Region is home to many leading engineering companies and is also at the cutting edge of research, which is shown in the breadth and expertise of our membership.

On the 12th February 2021 we were delighted to hold an online Centenary Celebration Event, with the President, Terry Spall, amongst our line-up of speakers, reflecting on the success of the Region and our past and present activities. If you missed this event, you can catch-up via the IMechE Webinar Hub. 

We also take great pride in our published book -  “Yorkshire: A Centenary of the IMechE's Oldest Region". Written by one of our past Regional Chairs, Ashley Crossland CEng FIMechE MIET, with contributions from Terry Spall (President), Luke Farmer (current Yorkshire Region Chair) and items from our other Area Committees, the 72 pages and illustrations suitably celebrate the formation of our Region and recount its success. Follow the link to view the book or to download your copy.

Also, there was the centenary article  “From Birdcage Walk”, also written by Ashley Crossland, in Issue 1 2021 of Professional Engineering.  

Our sincerest thanks go to all who were involved in making our centenary celebrations a success in 2021 and we wish all of our members the very best for the next 100 years!

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As a result of the pandemic, the move to online webinars, meetings and activities has offered members a greater opportunity to participate in a wide range of events at a local, national and global level, and engage with the Institution from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

However, we also appreciate the value of being able to interact once again with fellow engineers, friends & family at "face-to-face" events and the benefits this has for many members.

We look forward to continuing to build upon our established series of virtual events within the Region and aim to deliver a hybrid programme of online webinars and "in person" events over the forthcoming year.


Outine map of Yorkshire Region

Your local committees


Your Business Development Manager

Denis Healy has been the Business Development Manager for the Yorkshire Region since 2008, acting as the Institution's primary link with the region's organisations, industry and academia to develop and support the engineering community whilst maintaining strong links with a network of key contacts. Learn more.

Get involved

There are many initiatives going on in this region and there are plenty of great opportunities for you to be involved. This includes becoming a mentor and sharing your experience to help others develop, running an event, or joining one of our committees.

To become involved with the Institution's activities in Yorkshire, contact Nicky Baxter.

Contact us

If you have any ideas on how we could improve what we offer then we would very much like to hear from you. Contact us.

 

Current and Future Events

Please click the event heading for further information.
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    12 October 2022 12:00 to 13:00
    Online Webinar
    Managers and engineers need to risk assess what is supplied, if necessary modifying equipment to make it safe for the actual operating environment. We also have to check that machine safeguards continue to work as intended. This Webinar summarises legal requirements and standards, then gives some practical examples of good and bad practice. It is mainly targeted at new engineers.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    18 October 2022 18:00 to 20:00
    Online Webinar
    This presentation takes a deeper dive into typical uses of steam specific to the Food & Beverage sector, including standards & legislation and the risks that a poor condition of steam can bring to the process.
    Industry: Process Industries
  • Event Type: Technical lecture
    20 October 2022 18:30 to 20:00
    IMechE Argyll Ruane - Sheffield
    This talk introduces the CHIMERA device, describes the status of construction and development programmes, and gives insight to how ‘virtual testing’ will be used to enhance the development of fusion technology.
    Industry: Nuclear power
  • Event Type: Talk or debate
    01 November 2022 10:30 to 12:45
    Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel - Pontefract
    Learn about the detailed design and construction involved in the successful delivery of this flagship project in the Leeds Public Transport Investment Programme.
    Industry: Construction & building services
  • Event Type: Professional development event
    02 November 2022 10:00 to 16:00
    IMechE - Sheffield
    Complete the professional registration application form in a single day and get yourself registered to CEng or IEng in quick time. This is a return to the face to face application workshop where we work with applicants and help them to produce their draft applications in the course of a single day.
    Industry: Cross-sector
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