Royce hosts Community Festival as part of University of Manchester's Bicentenary Celebrations

As part of the University of Manchester’s bicentenary celebrations, the Royce Hub Building opened its doors to welcome Manchester residents as part of the University of Manchester’s Community Festival.

This was an open invitation to discover the fascinating world of materials science from metallurgy to recycling to nuclear power thanks to the MIDAS Programme Grant NXCT, Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub and Dalton Nuclear Institute.

The free outreach event gave researchers, technicians and volunteers from around Royce’s advanced materials network the opportunity to deliver engaging activities and hands-on experiments to the local community, and visitors were able to peruse an assortment of stands with drop-in activities being delivered by outreach volunteers.

Visitors welcomed the opportunity to see the research going on behind the scenes at the Royce and the University of Manchester and the ability to ask their burning questions to researchers, technicians and other members of the Royce community.

In line with Royce’s outreach commitments, one of the goals of the Community Festival is to inspire young people to think about being part of the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Royce’s Training and Skills Manager, Tom Hancocks, said:

“It was great to welcome the public to Royce once again for another fantastic Community Fair. This time it was even more special as the event coincided with the Universally Manchester Festival, celebrating The University of Manchester’s 200th anniversary.

The Royce Hub Building hosted stands that represent just some of the great research that happens across the institute’s partners. It is great to be able to share Royce’s work in materials science with the people who live in the community around us!”

By taking part in events like the Community Festival, we can also engage with local communities and share our expertise on materials challenges such as new ways of recycling, and sustainable materials that will help to create a cleaner, cheaper and safer energy in the future.

The University of Manchester Community Festival is an annual event which offers an inviting, informal space for visitors to meet staff, students and community partners, and the University to take part in conversations that connect and inspire.

As the UK’s national institute for advanced materials, Royce is committed to inspiring the next generation of materials scientists and engineers into the field. Alongside providing access to our national cutting edge research facilities, Royce is actively fostering an engaged learning community in materials science and engineering.

To find out more about outreach at Royce here.



For outreach enquiries contact:

Alice La Porta
National Public Outreach Officer | Henry Royce Institute