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A message to the materials community during non-essential facilities closure

Staying Connected with Royce

A message to the materials community during non-essential facilities closure

We would like to update the materials community on staying connected with the Henry Royce Institute during this period of physical closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

As the national institute for advanced materials, we will still fulfil our mission to support and grow world-recognised excellence in UK materials research, accelerating commercial exploitation and delivering positive economic and societal impact for the UK. Where possible, we are keen to continue progressing initiatives and activities across the Institute throughout this period and in line with local arrangements at our nine partner organisations.

Enquiries for Royce equipment and expertise

Although Royce facilities are now temporarily closed, we are still able to manage enquiries, develop project ideas, and to scope and plan materials-based research and development activities.

Our Facilities Managers, Technical Teams and Academics are working remotely and are able to progress enquiries through to requirements scoping and up to the point of execution so that we are ready to complete work when we reopen. Subject to availability of specific staff, we can also progress desk studies and facilitate on-line discussions.

Below we have outlined ways to stay connected during this period. Please be aware that there may be delays in our response times owing to reduced availability of our staff.

We understand that this is a period of uncertainty and want to reassure the materials community that we are still open for business to support advanced materials research and innovation for both industry and academia. Going forward, we hope this new way of working will have benefits in helping us becoming a truly open, responsive, accessible and collaborative institute.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly changing situation and the information above is accurate as of Friday 27 March 2020. We will regularly review the situation and provide updated information via our website, mailing list and social media channels, reflecting any changes within the Institute’s activity as soon as possible after it arises.