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UCD Professor of Planning, Mark Scott, launches a major new book on rural planning

UCD Professor of Planning, Mark Scott, recently launched a major new book on rural planning, co-edited with Prof Nick Gallent (UCL Bartlett School of Planning) and Dr Menelaos Gkartzios (Newcastle University Centre for Rural Economy). The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning provides a critical account and state of the art review of rural planning in the early years of the twenty-first century.

Towards Mass Production for Precision Micro/Nano Devices

Many industries require precision components. Manufacturing these components can involve engineering materials and features at tiny scales, on the order of microns or even nanometers (billionths of metres).

Dr Nan Zhang at UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering aims to help bring innovations in precision manufacturing from the lab-based prototypes to the large volume of manufacturing that industry needs. The research is building capacity in Ireland to enable the mass production of precision micro/nano devices.

Assessing the Internal Health of Earthworks for more Stable Infrastructure

We rely heavily on the earthworks that support our roads, railways and watercourses. If they fail it can cause loss of life, disruption to transport services and the expense of repair. As earthwork infrastructure ages and faces pressure from climate change, we need a fast and economical way to assess the earth.


Research to improve welding process for manufacturing industries

New research, led by the University of Leicester, will optimise the welding and additive manufacturing process Arc welding and additive manufacturing are hugely important for creating large metal components relatively inexpensively and quickly.

SFI Starting Investigator Research Grants for three UCD academics

Three academics from University College Dublin have been awarded funding under the Science Foundation Ireland, Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) scheme. The research projects across health, earth and the environment will share a total of €1.2 million funding over four years.

UCD and Chang’an University (Xi’an, China) launch dual award BE in Civil Engineering Infrastructure degree programme

This semester saw the UCD School of Civil Engineering and The School of Highways at Chang’an University (CHD) in Xi’an, China launch their new dual degree programme, a BE in Civil Engineering Infrastructure. This four year programme, initiated and led by Associate Professor Paul Fanning (UCD School of Civil Engineering & UCD Deputy Vice President for Global Engagement), brings the best of Irish education to China and also high achieving Chinese students to UCD.