Professor Clive Roberts, FIRSE FIET
Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE)
Lead for the UK Railway Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN)
Deputy Head of the School of Engineering, University of Birmingham
Clive is Director of the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Railway Research and Education, which has over 180 researchers. He works extensively with a broad range of industry and academia in the UK and overseas.
Clive leads a sizeable portfolio of research aimed at improving the performance of engineering systems, with a particular focus on railways. He leads the UK Railway Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) – a £92M academia/industry collaboration, as well as initiatives to introduce small and medium sized enterprises to the rail sector. In 2018 his group was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education for supporting the UK and international railway industries. His group demonstrated the UK’s first hydrogen train at COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 and also won the Guardian University Award for ‘Business Collaboration of the Year’ for their work on the project. In 2022, Clive was named as the Innovation Thought Leader of the Year at the 2022 Technology Supply Awards.