Dr Jos Darling met the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to Bailey of Bristol as part of their Diamond Jubilee Tour of the United Kingdom.

Jos, from the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, has worked with Bailey of Bristol for more than 15 years on a variety of research projects. His work has helped advance the design and manufacture of caravans and, in part, been responsible for raising the company’s market share to 35 per cent. The company is now the country’s largest caravan manufacturer, with a turnover of £90 million.

Jos said: “My work with Bailey of Bristol over the years has demonstrated the mutual benefits that come from collaborations between researchers and industry. Meeting with Her Majesty allowed me to share the results of this relationship and to demonstrate the impact that can come from such synergy.”

The visit was arranged following the Royal Couple expressing an interest in visiting British Manufacturing Companies during their trip to Bristol. The Queen and Prince Philip were given a tour of Bailey Caravan’s production plant and saw the finished caravans and motorhomes.

Jos added: “Having the opportunity to meet Her Majesty is a great honour and I am grateful for the chance to demonstrate the impact of the research that has supported Bailey of Bristol in reaching the market position it holds today.”