Two of Britain's major aerospace companies have joined with three leading universities in a joint programme of research into engineering processes for the new millennium.

British Aerospace and Rolls-Royce are jointly investing £1.5 million ($2.4 million) in setting up a unique five-year University Technology Partnership (UTP) agreement with the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Southampton.

Dr Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, managing director and vice-chancellor of the British Aerospace Virtual University, said at Farnborough: "This partnership is an exciting and innovating opportunity to pool the knowledge and experience of two leading UK aerospace companies with the research expertise and resources of the three universities.

Source: Flight Daily News