Rolls-Royce pioneers cutting-edge technologies that deliver clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet’s vital power needs.

As one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies, throughout our history, we have set out to achieve extraordinary goals. Along the way, we have developed ground-breaking technologies, established new standards and shaped the world we live in. This quest has taken us from our founding expertise in internal combustion engines to providing the world’s most powerful and efficient aero-engines.

Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers. We support our customers through a worldwide network of offices, manufacturing and service facilities. In 2019, we invested over £1.4bn in gross R&D expenditure, with a total of 830 patents approved for filing. Our global network of 29 University Technology Centres and seven Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres continue to develop advanced research that can be applied in our technology portfolio and across our manufacturing operations.

We believe three key trends will define the world’s future power needs: the growing demand for cleaner, more sustainable power; electrification; and digitalisation. As we move to a low carbon global economy, our engines will become part of broader, hybrid-electrical systems with lower emissions and lower environmental impact. We believe in the positive power of technology: the products and services we provide play a vital role in connecting, protecting and powering society.

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Long term collaboration – materially successful?

For decades, Rolls-Royce has collaborated with experts from academia, progressing the science and understanding that underpins its product base in fiercely competitive global markets.

Strategic Industry-University Partnerships: Success Factors from Innovative Companies

In a new book, industry practitioners discuss how they see and develop successful collaborations between their global companies and universities.

‘Skills shift’ to automated design

Rolls-Royce partner with Southampton University to introduce an advanced automated design methodology to improve product efficiency.

Rolls-Royce–University of Warwick collaboration

Rolls-Royce has enjoyed a long relationship with the University of Warwick, sponsoring selected employees to complete part-time Masters’ Degree programmes.

Improving the performance of Rolls-Royce aero-engines

Collaborating with businesses and governments around the world lets Cranfield create and transform knowledge to solve problems and improve quality of life.

Rolls-Royce / EPSRC Strategic Partnership - collaboration for long term economic impact

Rolls-Royce enables its research and technology development programmes by accessing the very best expertise available in academia.

Leveraging world-class connectivity and equipment to support Rolls-Royce R&D

Through an agreement with Jisc, Rolls-Royce is leveraging the world-leading Janet network and getting access to the latest technology equipment and infrastructure.

Rolls Royce and Oxford create greener jet engines

Lighter, faster, more environmentally friendly jet engines are being created as the result of a collaboration between researchers and engineers

Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre network

A network of Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres (UTCs) lies at the heart of the company’s long-term approach to developing technologies.