The value of collaboration in innovation

Dr Jenny Illingsworth is Deputy Director of BCRRE and spent many years in product development and product management in the manufacturing industry before she joined the University of Birmingham. She shares some of her thoughts around the benefits of working together. I’ve found, over my career – which is longer than I care to think … Continue reading “The value of collaboration in innovation”

Distance Learning at BCRRE: The Digital Platform

Zena Green,  a Teaching Fellow (International Programmes) talks about the shift to the digital platform when it comes to teaching and what this entails. When I raised the possibility of creating a digital version of BCRRE’s MSc courses in the autumn of 2019, nobody could have guessed that six months later we would be discussing … Continue reading “Distance Learning at BCRRE: The Digital Platform”

HydroFLEX one step closer to commercial operation, a debate on removing diesel trains from the railway and championing SMEs to dominate the rail industry!

We have had a busy morning across BCRRE and the Rail Alliance with our Rail Online event taking place and a big project announcement breaking cover. Firstly, we are delighted to be able to share the news that our HydroFLEX project is now moving into a final development phase supported by Innovate UK funding.  We … Continue reading “HydroFLEX one step closer to commercial operation, a debate on removing diesel trains from the railway and championing SMEs to dominate the rail industry!”

Destination Decarbonisation Day 3: Innovation

Alex Burrows Director of BCRRE Rail Alliance provides a quick overview on today’s Destination Decarbonisation: Innovation Day, what it involved and covers some of the questions that came in. Today was the third and final day of our Destination Decarbonisation ONference delivered by BCRRE and the Rail Alliance.  Today we were also joined by our … Continue reading “Destination Decarbonisation Day 3: Innovation”

Rail innovation: How are UKRRIN and its members helping to change the perception?

Nailah Fraser-Haynes, Senior Partnership Manager at RSSB, talks to us about UKRRIN and the importance of academia and industry coming together  to move forward. Every transport mode faces challenges, but there is one commonality… the desire to make things better, to innovate. The confidence and ability to do so is often a ‘put your money … Continue reading “Rail innovation: How are UKRRIN and its members helping to change the perception?”

Innovation and the UK rail industry

Alex Burrows, Director of BCRRE, comments about the appetite for innovation in the rail industry and the challenge faced in converting ideas into realisation. Here at BCRRE, we were extremely interested to see the findings of the RIA Innovation Survey published yesterday.  To start with, all respondents (of which there were around 300) said that … Continue reading “Innovation and the UK rail industry”

Innovation as part of business recovery

Rachel Eade MBE, FRSA, Supply Chain Lead for BCRRE and Senior Technical Officer with the Digi-Rail project, finishes off her week sharing her thoughts on some of the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown on the SME community. Innovation as part of business recovery Developing new products and processes is the lifeblood of many businesses: adapt, … Continue reading “Innovation as part of business recovery”

Supply Chain Opportunities and Challenges

Rachel Eade MBE, FRSA, Supply Chain Lead for BCRRE and Senior Technical Officer with the Digi-Rail project, continues sharing her thoughts on some of the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown on the SME community. During this difficult period we at BCRRE, incorporating the BCRRE Rail Alliance and the Digi-Rail project, have been able to continue … Continue reading “Supply Chain Opportunities and Challenges”

BCRRE Rail Decarbonisation Week

Alex Burrows, Director of BCRRE, introduces BCRRE’s Rail Decarbonisation week Last week, with all of the other news going on, many will have missed the UK Government’s policy paper, Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge that sets out the Department for Transport’s strategy for developing their Transport Decarbonisation Plan which will be published later in 2020.  … Continue reading “BCRRE Rail Decarbonisation Week”

Launching the Rail Research Café

To mark an end to the week, be it busy, hectic, fun, quick or unusual, BCRRE brings you the Rail Research Café. The Rail Research Café will take place online every Friday morning between 1000 and 1200 on twitter using #BCRRERailReseachCafe. Members of the BCRRE team will post a blog on a specific theme, topic … Continue reading “Launching the Rail Research Café”