BCCRE Grand Challenge placement (Future Mobility) GC202


Location: Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, Gisbert Kapp Building, Pritchatts Road, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2SA

3 day Future Mobility Grand Challenge placements are available with Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, supported by a £1000 bursary and two days of guided planning and reflection.

The final part of the programme is a one-day professional development experience, held 3-4 months after your placement.

This opportunity is suitable for secondary and FE teachers, with the approval of their school or college Careers Leader.

Employer background:

BCCRE are the largest university-based centre for railway research and education in Europe, developing world-leading new technologies in railway engineering & rail systems engineering.

For more information on BCCRE activities in the UK please visit their website.

Facing the Grand Challenge

BCRRE's work and the activities within this placement align with the themes of sustainability in transport; "clean" energy systems for powering trains; awareness of research, development & innovation which aim to reduce energy use across a transport system, from issues such as fuel, to increased reliability of a vehicle/track and more efficient systems which run a rail service.

They are currently developing the UK's first full-scale Hydrogen-powered train. Grand Challenge placement participants will be able to see the development locomotive in the BCRRE labs and then view the full-scale version at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre in Long Marsden.


A Future Mobility Grand Challenge placement with BCCRE will help you to:Become a Grand Challenge Careers Champion!

  • inspire your students – see first-hand the wide range of careers available to students in the rail industry, with a specific focus on zero emission vehicles
  • build strong links with an industry employer – connect with a local employer to develop staff and student experiences, with the aim of creating a longer term partnership
  • gain ideas for future collaboration (eg work experience, mentoring, speakers) and develop your own understanding to inspire your students to consider STEM careers and further study
  • enhance your advice on careers options – gain useful information about how to support students to make careers choices within STEM, supporting them to make career decisions based on what lies in the future, not the past.

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