Established in 2010, the VEC is a unique private-public partnership committed to advancing the use of modelling, simulation and 3D immersive visualisation, to improve business performance, competitiveness and foster innovation within organisations.


A University of Liverpool, School of Engineering led project, the VEC was catalysed by funding from the ERDF and the former Northwest Regional Development Agency. Since 2013 the VEC has established a partnership with STFC Hartree Centre which provides access to the UK’s largest High Performance Computing facility.

The VEC is underpinned by the University of Liverpool’s academic achievements and works closely with their Centres of Excellence (Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology and Risk and Uncertainty) to provide industry-specific requirements to their research. The VEC provides a link between the Liverpool city region’s Knowledge Quarter and the science and innovation campus Sci-Tech Daresbury, with offices in both locations. More than that, it provides industry with access to the academic excellence of the University of Liverpool and the UK’s science infrastructure.


The VEC supports the advanced manufacturing sector and wider industry by providing a focal point for leading and emergent virtual engineering technologies, research and expertise. Key sectors include:

  • Aerospace, Automotive, Nuclear, Space and Energy
  • Newly emerging sectors such as Transport, Medical and FMCG.

The VEC engages with a range of organisations of all sizes including:

  • Network of over 140 SMEs, over 70 based in the Northwest
  • Over 60 large companies within the UK, such as BAE Systems, Bentley Motors and Jaguar Land Rover Which has helped to generate over £30m of investment in the regional economy and was instrumental in supporting the Hartree Centre secure it’s third phase of investment totalling £313M. For more information about how your organisation could benefit from working with the Virtual Engineering Centre: +44 (0)1925 864853 virtualengineeringcentre.com