The Rail Research UK Association (RRUKA) is a partnership between the British rail industry and UK universities. Established in 2010, RRUKA builds on a recent resurgence in university-based railway research, and seeks to enhance already strong collaborative relationships between academia and the railway industry.

The core activities of RRUKA are funded by RSSB.

RRUKA is overseen by an executive committee of elected members.

The aims of RRUKA are:

  • The support and facilitation of railway research in academia.
  • The common understanding of research needs to support the rail industry and its future development.
  • The identification of research, development and funding opportunities to support industry needs.
  • The provision of knowledge to the rail industry.


What does RRUKA do?

RRUKA provides a focus for research institutions who undertake R&D that could be of benefit to the railways and for the railway industry to access academic research capabilities. It brings together those who can use and fund research, with those who do it.

To do this it provides a forum for targeted knowledge exchange between universities and the industry, including the organisation of focussed workshops and seminars, as well as wider networking opportunities.

RRUKA will also maintain a ‘map’ of expertise that will help identify experts in particular areas. It will collate knowledge of what is being researched or has been researched, so that it is not duplicated when further research is being considered and undertaken.

I’ve heard of RRUK. Does that still exist? How is RRUKA different?

RRUKA builds on the foundation of RRUK, which was a virtual research centre funded by the EPSRC from 2003 to 2010 and comprised specific research groups from a limited number of universities. Funding was available for research focussing on particular subjects at those universities for a fixed time and is now complete. RRUKA is new and is open to all universities.

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