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The Department has been at the forefront of Materials Science and Metallurgy for over 70 years. This has been achieved by the outstanding quality of the students and the staff over this time and their access to excellent facilities. Current research focuses on some of society's key challenges, including the creation of the energy-efficient materials and technologies on which our sustainable global future will depend, and improving the design and engineering of medical materials.

In order to maintain its position the Department continues to seek financial support to improve its facilities and endow a Sir Alan Cottrell Professorship in perpetuity.  More information on the following funds are available via the menu on the left:

  • The Cottrell Appeal Fund - Patron: HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex - to endow the Sir Alan Cottrell Professorship in perpetuity 
  • Heycock Development Fund  - for general financial support for the Department with a priority given to future teaching and research activity.
  • Dave Duke Memorial Fund - now complete (Sept 2016) - in recognition of of the important part Dave played in the success of the Department during his time here.


You will also find information on how you can make a bequest to the Department within your will and there is specific information for U.S. Alumni who may wish to make a donation to the Department.  

If you prefer to make on-line giving, then the University’s Office for Development and Alumni Relations (CUDAR, formerly CUDO) has made it easier to make donations on-line to the Department of Material Science and Metallurgy, please go to: 


We are happy to discuss specific donations or provide more information. For further information, please contact our own Department Alumni Relations using or on (+44) (0)1223 334300.


Our Fundraising Promise

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator.  Please read our Fundraising Promise: