British Council showcases UK’s engineering marvel, the BLOODHOUND SSC (supersonic car) in India

 From L to R: Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India; Wing Commander Andy Green, BLOODHOUND SSC Pilot; Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Innovation agency- Innovate UK; and Gill Caldicott, Director Operations, British Council India
From L to R: Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India; Wing Commander Andy Green, BLOODHOUND SSC Pilot; Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Innovation agency- Innovate UK; and Gill Caldicott, Director Operations, British Council India
  • The visionary science & technology project, BLOODHOUND SSC, highlights the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education
  • The BLOODHOUND Show Car display in New Delhi will be followed by the Education UK Exhibition, as part of the ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign, at  the British Council on 15 and 16 November for students who want to know more about studying and living in the UK
  • 401 part scholarship awards are available this year worth 1.51 million pounds (approx. 151 million rupees) for varied subject areas ranging from Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design, Biosciences across 57 UK institutions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

As part of the ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ campaign (“GREAT”), British Council unveiled the ‘BLOODHOUND Show Car’ in New Delhi, showcasing the UK’s world-class engineering and innovation expertise. The Show Car of the famous BLOODHOUND SSC designed to go up to 1,000 mph (just over 1,600 kmph) was showcased at the British Council by Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India, Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK and BLOODHOUND SSC Pilot, Wing Commander Andy D. Green.

At full speed, BLOODHOUND SSC can cover a mile in 3.6 seconds. The supersonic car is a mix of car and aircraft technology, with the front half being a carbon fibre monocoque like a racing car and the back half being a metallic framework and panels like an aircraft.

From L to R: Gill Caldicott, Director Operations, British Council India; Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Innovation agency- Innovate UK; Wing Commander Andy Green, BLOODHOUND SSC Pilot and Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India unveiling the BLOODHOUND SSC Show Car in New Delhi
From L to R: Gill Caldicott, Director Operations, British Council India; Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s Innovation agency- Innovate UK; Wing Commander Andy Green, BLOODHOUND SSC Pilot and Richard Everitt, Director Education, British Council India unveiling the BLOODHOUND SSC Show Car in New Delhi

 The BLOODHOUND SSC project aims to inspire the young generation to pursue higher education in STEM courses and later careers in those fields. Around 5,600 UK schools and universities are involved in the BLOODHOUND SSC project. Collaboration between British Council, the ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign and BLOODHOUND SSC is a result of similar values and ideals of representing British innovation and science & technology on a global scale.

The UK and India enjoy a well-established, broad-ranging and expanding partnership on education. With over 400 scholarships this year, and over 750 in the last two years, the GREAT Britain Scholarships – India 2015 is the largest ever scholarships programme offered to Indian students. The scholarships are worth almost 1.5 million pounds (approx. 150 million rupees). As part of the ‘GREAT BRITAIN’ campaign, British Council will be organising the Education UK Exhibition in New Delhi on 15 and 16 November at the British Council. The purpose of the exhibition will be to provide information on undergraduate, postgraduate or research programmes in the UK and also give information to aspiring students and parents on student life and culture. The exhibition in New Delhi will witness participation from 63 UK universities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“We are delighted to bring the BLOODHOUND Super Sonic Car to India, which represents the alignment of UK education, innovation and technology at its very best.   We welcome Indian students in the UK to gain internationally recognised qualifications from our top-ranking global institutions.  For Indian students aspiring to take this opportunity, we are hosting the GREAT UK Education Exhibition in New Delhi this Saturday and Sunday. To support Indian students, we also have over 400 scholarships on offer for almost 60 courses across the UK,” Rob Lynes, Director, British Council India.

“The UK enjoys a global reputation for excellence in the field of education, skills, science and innovation.  The UK has a strong tradition in offering world-renowned ‘STEM’ education. Universities in the UK are committed to delivering excellent research expertise.  The flow of people between academia and industry helps to translate research into application.  And with a supportive business environment, innovative companies can grow and prosper, delivering social and economic benefits.

The UK is the perfect melting pot of cross-discipline capability which students can gain from. For those Indians who aspire for an international study experience and professional development in STEM, the UK promises them an unparalleled environment with excellent teaching and facilities and world-class centres of science and innovation across the country.  BLOODHOUND is an excellent example of some of the exciting things going on in the UK, inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers” said Iain Gray, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate UK

Speaking at the showcase event in New Delhi today, Andy Green, RAF fighter pilot, World Land Speed Record holder and pilot of BLOODHOUND SSC said, ‘’Project BLOODHOUND is a thrilling piece of British technology, aiming to raise the World Land Speed Record to over 1600 kph.  I really hope that this ‘Engineering Adventure’ will inspire Indian students to benefit from the world-class UK courses on offer in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.’’

BLOODHOUND SSC has a slender body where the outer body has been made using the Tata Steel and is approximately 14m in length with two front wheels within the body and two rear wheels mounted externally within wheel fairings. It weighs over 7 tonnes and the engines produce more than 135,000 horsepower – more than 6 times the power of all the Formula 1 cars on a starting grid put together!

GREAT Britain Scholarships – India 2015

Student Mobility is critical for cultural relations. The mutual movement of people and ideas between India and the UK helps create the condition for more creativity, innovation and enterprise. The British Council is working with partners across Government in the GREAT Campaign, promoting the UK as a destination to study. The GREAT scholarships would entail:

  • 401 part scholarship awards worth 1.51 million pounds (approx. 151 million rupees) on offer for courses ranging from Engineering, Law and Business to Art & Design and Biosciences
  • 57 UK institutions across England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland are participating in this programme
  • Scholarships are tenable for September 2015 and January 2016 intakes

List of participating universities at the Education UK Exhibition, New Delhi

Sr. Nos

Name of the Institution


Aberystwyth University


Arts University Bournemouth


University of the Arts London


Aston University, Birmingham


The University of Bath


Birmingham City University


University College Birmingham


The University of Bolton


Bournemouth University


University of Bradford


Brunel University, London


Cardiff University


City University London


University for the Creative Arts


The University of Dundee


University of East London


The University of Edinburgh


University of Essex


University of Exeter


Falmouth University


The Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow


Goldsmiths, University of London


University of Hertfordshire


University of Kent


King’s College London


Kingston University London


Lancaster University


Leeds Beckett University


Leeds Trinity University


University of Leeds


University of Lincoln


London Metropolitan University


University College London (UCL)


Loughborough University


Manchester Metropolitan University


The University of Manchester


Middlesex University, London




The University of Northampton


Northumbria University


The University of Nottingham


University of Oxford


Plymouth University


University of Portsmouth


Queen Mary University of London


Queen’s University Belfast


University of Reading


Regent’s University London


University of Roehampton


The Royal Agricultural University


Royal Holloway, University of London


University of Salford


SOAS, University of London


The University of Sheffield


University of Southampton


Staffordshire University


University of Strathclyde, Glasgow


University of Surrey


University of Sussex


University of Warwick


University of Westminster


York St John University

 Online resources

Education UK website

A comprehensive website aimed solely at the Indian students –with a searchable course database of more than 450,000 courses, information on visa procedures, stories from alumni, scholarship information and lots of advice for potential students and their families –

For advice about the quality of teaching and research in UK higher education institutions students should consult the following official resources – for subject and institution reviews visit and for research ratings visit

The UK is very competitive — both for tuition fees and living costs — according to a study by the UK Higher Education International Unit published recently. Eight out of 10 higher education students in UK also give their courses top marks, finds a survey published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England in August 2011. You can find out more on

International students with a recognised degree from a UK Institution may also be able to apply for visa to work in the UK as per the announcement on ‘Exceptional talent route’ and ‘New student entrepreneurs’ scheme. You can find more on

The ‘GREAT Britain’ Campaign 

The ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign (“GREAT”) is a strategic international marketing programme designed to promote the UK to business, tourism and student markets worldwide in order to enhance the country’s global reputation and deliver long-term economic benefits. GREAT was officially launched in February 2012.

  • For world class education and training, with more than 30 of the world’s top 200 universities, choose the UK
  • International graduates of British Universities significantly improve their career prospects and earning potential. Study in the UK and enjoy the rewards
  • For a world class teaching experience, with graduate and post graduate satisfaction at 90%, study in the UK
  • For the highest number of top MBA courses in Europe and one of the best places to study business, choose the UK

The British Council 

The British Council is recognised across India for its network of 9 libraries and cultural centres. We offer a range of specialised projects in arts, education, exams, English language and society to audiences across India and more than 100,000 members. We also provide access to English language training and learning for both students and teachers, offer UK qualifications in India and enable opportunities to study in the UK.

We also manage prestigious scholarships and training awards, including the Jubilee scholarships, the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan and the Charles Wallace India Trust awards. Our English language centres in Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata provide a range of general and business English classes, specialised skills based programmes and young learner courses. We work with a wide range of Indian partners in cities all over India enabling British and Indian experts to meet and collaborate and to nurture mutually beneficial relationships.

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board – the UK’s innovation agency. Taking a new idea to market is a challenge. Innovate UK funds, supports and connects innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth. For further information visit

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