University Research Centre for Applied Science, Computing and Engineering

Centre for Applied Science, Computing and Engineering

The University Research Centre for Applied Science, Computing and Engineering brings together several strands of inter-related research of national and international standing. Key themes are Materials and Manufacturing (including advanced composites, large scale precision optics, water soluble polymers and photovoltaics), Internet technologies and Communication, and Engineering (fluid dynamics).

The Centre’s focus is on applied research producing results which can be applied in a wide range of industry sectors.

Research Groups


Staff and research students are based at the University’s main Plas Coch Campus in Wrexham, and at the specialist facilities in St Asaph (hosting large scale precision optics and photovoltaics research) and Broughton (hosting the advanced composite materials research).

Research groups with a focus on specific issues include:

The Centre has a regular Seminar Programme throughout the year, which is free and open to everyone to attend. Seminars feature presentations by staff, students and invited external speakers. A number of these are facilitated through appropriate professional bodies including RSC, IMechE, etc. For more information on these seminars, or on the work of the Centre, please contact Professor Alison McMillan or Dr Ian Ratcliffe.