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10 universities and 2500 school children to attempt unbreakable world record

10 universities and 2500 school children to attempt unbreakable world record 88 Pianists is a performance to beat all performances. On 19th August at 9am, to open a world leading conference in production engineering, ten universities decided to demonstrate the UK’s legacy of innovation and expertise in engineering and...

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City AM - Government Industrial Strategy

'Scunthorpe is the litmus test of the Tory leadership battle' writes Professor Allwood in City AM today. With the Conservative leadership battle in full swing, will our next Prime Minister implement meaningful industrial strategy? Read the full article below.

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Professor Allwood on Steel - BBC Radio 4

Listen to the Use Less Group's Professor Julian Allwood on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm on Tuesday 2nd July. With British Steel going into liquidation last month File on 4 investigates the story behind the collapse of the iconic British brand. Reporting from the frontline in Scunthorpe, the programme hears from those in the town...

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Article in The Guardian

Our latest report, Steel Arising has been featured in The Guardian newspaper. Recycling steel could provide a much-needed lifeline for the UK’s troubled steel industry, a new study has found, and have the added benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Two-thirds of the steel currently used is made from primary...

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International Conference on Technology of Plasticity

Professor Allwood and his group hosted the International Conference on Technology of Plasticity at the Department of Engineering in September 2017. With 4 years planning, we welcomed over 600 delegates to a series of fantastic events and an academic programme of over 400 papers. Particular highlights include the...

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A Study of Regretted Purchases in the UK

A new paper from the Use Less Group paper presents findings from a nationally representative household survey on the tendency to regret purchases across 20 product groups. The survey reveals that the vast majority of adults in Great Britain (82%) have regretted a purchase in the past. Post-purchase regret is shown to be...

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Material Demand Reduction workshop for Royal Society Philosophical Transactions

On 26 – 28 September 2016 the Use Less Group hosted a workshop on Material Demand Reduction in St Catherine’s College, Cambridge. A key strategy for climate mitigation is "Material Efficiency" - living well with less material production. The barriers to implementing the many technical opportunities fall outside of the science and engineering background, and therefore this was a multidisciplinary event, with speakers covering a range of disciplines including engineering, theology, history, fashion studies, economics, innovation studies, public health, sociology and psychology.

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Chris Cleaver - Lord of the Rings

PhD student, Chris Cleaver has developed a prototype 12-axis machine for rolling of shaped metal rings. The first of its kind, this ‘Lord of the Rings’ machine was officially launched on 27 June at a function attended by all those involved, as well as senior members of the Engineering Department. The machine is a significant achievement and the first experimental ring rolling mill commissioned in the UK since the 1970s.

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Professor Allwood's plan for steel - media response

A new report from the University of Cambridge claims that British steel could be saved, if the industry is willing to transform itself. The report, by Professor Julian Allwood, argues that in order to survive, the UK steel industry needs to refocus itself on steel recycling and on producing products for end users. He...

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A bright future for UK steel

Professor Julian Allwood, Head of the Use Less Group, argues that British steel could be saved, if the industry is willing to transform itself.

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