What is ARIC?

The Aerospace Research & Innovation Centre (ARIC) is set to be a dedicated aerospace education training and innovation facility. It is co-funded and supported by Enterprise M3 LEP.

The development, based at Farnborough College of Technology, is for current and future aerospace engineers, to support new companies and established business, all while helping them research and innovate within our already impressive facilities. The research centre will also provide students with an opportunity to collaborate even more with local employers, with greater prospects for experience and career progression.

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Mapping the needs of Key Engineering and Technology Sectors

With a focus on what industry needs, our facilities are purpose-built to train future generations of aerospace engineers and professionals. We have mapped out the needs of key engineering technology and sectors to give an clear picture of the support and training we can provide. 

Research and Knowledge Transfer

We are a neutral space where you can develop aerospace and space technologies for the future. Our connections with higher education institutions and businesses enable us to help businesses innovate and grow. The benefits of this include:

Possibilities for collaboration at ARIC include businesses working with graduates and students to support research projects, businesses working together on joint ventures in a shared space, and taking part in joint training sessions to innovate – whether it is theoretical or practical based.


ARIC is located on a site with access to various facilities. Businesses stand to benefit from meeting spaces, studios, library, creative workshops, catering facilities and many others. Find out more about our workshop facilities here.


Excellent rail, road and air links make Farnborough a natural choice for businesses seeking a technical hub for their research that is both forward-thinking and surrounded in engineering heritage.


Get in touch with us to find out how we can help you develop your business, access academic expertise, improve your organisation’s performance and become more competitive and productive.

Incubation Hub for Start-ups

We can support you with incubation and business support – ideal for the growth of start-up and early-stage businesses. By making use of our facilities and expertise, your new enterprise could benefit from:

Working with us means you will be joining a thriving community, with a range of facilities and expertise to support your goals – from engineering workshops to photography studios for product shoots.

Innovation in Machining and Manufacturing

As a technical innovation hub, ARIC has been shaped by businesses that seek to innovate and develop their machining and manufacturing processes. If your business wants to drive positive change in productivity, creativity, competitiveness, product development, and workflow, we can support you through our technical facilities and opportunities for collaboration. 


Both short and long term projects are welcome, whether they are exclusive to your business or invite collaboration from partners.


Based alongside Farnborough College of Technology and University Centre Farnborough, ARIC is ideally placed as a centre for teaching and training. Modern teaching spaces, a range of technical facilities, and in-house support make us a natural choice for businesses with short or long term training needs. 


ARIC is especially complemented by the well-established Aerospace & Automotive Academy which includes access to an electronics lab, welding room, lathes, CNC machinery and more. The College’s expert Business Services team can also guide you with apprenticeships and online training.


Contact us to find out how we can support your workforce with training and development.

Steering group

A number of key stakeholders have driven the strategic vision for ARIC, ensuring it meets the needs of local, regional, and international businesses. We continue to work with them as ARIC develops:


The Aerospace Research and Innovation Centre is based at Farnborough College of Technology. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a visit.


Farnborough College of Technology
Boundary Road
GU14 6SB

Call: 01252 405555