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BAE Systems has partnered with City University London to establish the BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair in Aeronautical Engineering in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.

City University London will seek applicants for the Chair, to research how emerging technologies can benefit aerospace design.

The new Chair will honour Sir Richard’s contribution as Chairman of BAE Systems from 2004 to 2014.

In 1970, Sir Richard achieved a First Class Honours Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering at City. He enjoyed a successful career at BP before joining BAE Systems as Chairman in 2004. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Science (DSc) from City University London, awarded in 2004.

Professor Dinos Arcoumanis, City’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International & Development) and ex-Dean of its School of Engineering, said:

“Dick Olver has been an outstanding supporter of City over many years and we have benefitted greatly from that close relationship. I am delighted that this association will continue with the founding of this Chair.”

Ian King, BAE Systems plc Chief Executive said:

“During his time as Chairman of BAE Systems, Dick was a passionate supporter of the Company’s objective of encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This research Chair is a fitting way to celebrate his work.  It will benefit business and academia by providing the opportunity to further our understanding of emerging technologies.”

City has been at the forefront of engineering education from its early beginnings as the Northampton Institute in 1894 and has been a pioneer in aeronautical engineering research and education for over a century. City’s aeronautical engineering programmes are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society (RAeS) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the aeronautical research group is an active participant in the new UK Aerospace Technology Institute.

Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Professor Chris Atkin, is delighted with news of the new Chair:

“We are very pleased about the establishment of the BAE Systems Sir Richard Olver Chair in Aeronautical Engineering. It will give greater visibility to City’s well-established education and research in aeronautical engineering.”


About City University London

City University London is a global University committed to academic excellence, with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.  It is in the top five per cent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013/14 and in the top thirty universities in the UK according to the Times Higher Education Table of Tables 2012. It is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for both graduate-level jobs (The Good University Guide 2014) and in the top 5 for graduate starting salaries (Lloyds Bank).

The University attracts over 17,000 students (35% at postgraduate level) from more than 150 countries and academic staff from over 50 countries. Its academic range is broadly-based with world leading strengths in business; law; health sciences; engineering; mathematical sciences; informatics; social sciences; and the arts including journalism and music. The University’s history dates back to 1894, with the foundation of the Northampton Institute on what is now the main part of City’s campus. In 1966, City was granted University status by Royal Charter and the Lord Mayor of London was invited to be Chancellor, a unique arrangement that continues today. Professor Paul Curran has been Vice-Chancellor of City University London since 2010.


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