UK Engineering

The Missing Link: Why Organisations Need To Think Outside The Box To Inspire The Next Generation Of Engineers

Naomi Climer | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK Tech
Naomi Climer

Earlier in the year we produced a research report which stated that just seven per cent of parents thought engineering would appeal to their daughters...

Mind the Skills Gap - Encouraging Diversity in STEM Industries

Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Tech
Coorous Mohtadi

A recent report from the Campaign for Science and Engineering highlighted that disabled individuals are less likely to work in STEM, only 8% of British engineers are women, and pupils who may be socially disadvantaged are less likely to be taught science by a specialist teacher.

STEM Education - Why Everyone Is Responsible for Investment

Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 20.07.2015 | UK Tech
Coorous Mohtadi

It's not only engineering skills that are developed by participating in student competitions. Working as part of a team on such an extensive project also helps to build transferrable skills such as team work, problem solving, critical thinking and communication; all vital in any future profession.

Women Engineers - Where Are They?

Meg Munn | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Tech
Meg Munn

The Women's Engineering Society organised a conference on National Women in Engineering Day to explore the issue, entitled "Engineering Women: Are they returning to work?" The statistics and stories from the women present illustrated the extent of the waste of talent and imagination when fully trained women leave the professions.

National Women in Engineering Day: No Room for Sexist Traditions in Modern Engineering

Bernadette Ballantyne | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Tech
Bernadette Ballantyne

Having spoken to hundreds of female engineers since I graduated in 2001 I can honestly say that having an engineering degree opens a world of opportunities. Women in civil engineering have told me how much they love their varied, challenging and interesting work.

Getting Women Into Engineering Is Vital

James Dyson | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Tech
James Dyson

The UK faces a deficit of 340,000 engineers by 2020. Only 6% of Britain's engineers are female. China produces 20-times more engineers than the UK every year, and one in three of them are women. At school and university women outperform men in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Indeed, the few who do become engineers enjoy it - 98% of women engineers find their job rewarding. Who wouldn't? It is therefore incomprehensible that 93% of parents would not support their daughters in pursuing a career in engineering.

National Women in Engineering Day: Why I Want to Be an Engineer

Chloe Adams-Pickford | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Chloe Adams-Pickford

Have you seen Apollo 13? I know it's a Hollywood blockbuster with an A-list cast but I watched it when I was 12 after a visit to Nasa in Florida and I...

In 100 Years We'll All Live In Floating Cities And Have Underground Homes

The Huffington Post UK | Nitya Rajan | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Tech

The British landscape could soon include 3D printed homes, underwater cities and spaceports that will get us to moon and Mars. Well, when experts s...

We Can't Build the UK's Economic Recovery Without Investing in UK Engineering

Keith Lewis | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK
Keith Lewis

The current shortage of trained engineers creates a challenge for the future of UK engineering, with uncertainty for businesses that need engineering talent to deliver on new projects and grow profits. I urge the politicians not to forget about the 'march of the makers' as they run for the ballots.

Don't Forget the Girls: Breaking Down the Gender Barrier Starts at Home

Olympia Brown | Posted 13.06.2015 | UK Tech
Olympia Brown

I can only hope that small changes in perception, attitude and most of all confidence like these, repeated over and over again in homes across the world, will result in more girls feeling more confident about science, and families feeling more positive (and less scared!) of tackling a science activity themselves.

How Do We Tackle Outdated Career Stereotypes and Get Parents to Say: 'My Daughter Wants to Be an Engineer When She Grows Up'?

Naomi Climer | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Parents
Naomi Climer

When asked, only seven per cent of parents said that they would encourage their girls to be engineers - despite the fact that girls show an active interest in STEM subjects from an early age. Could it be that parents are limiting their children's future career choices through outdated perceptions of the jobs they think girls and boys are interested in?

Should We Be Encouraging the Use of the F-Word in Construction?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

Civil engineering and construction doesn't need to be the preserve of men. I am a woman. A woman who has worked in design offices, in different countries, with universities, and out on construction sites: I am at a complete loss as to why construction would not suit women.

It's Time to Tackle Career Stereotypes and Get More Women to Enter 'Male Professions'

Naomi Climer | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Tech
Naomi Climer

I believe that International Women's Day provided a perfect opportunity to highlight the lack of women in typically male professions like engineering and technology.

Where Are All the Women? Does Engineering Need an Image Overhaul to Attract Top Talent?

Sean O'Meara | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Tech
Sean O'Meara

Humanising the job and joining the dots between engineering achievements and the teams involved would be a step in the right direction.

More Engineers are Essential to Sustaining UK Economic Growth

Keith Lewis | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Tech
Keith Lewis

As we move toward the 2015 General Election the issue of the engineering skills shortage in the UK needs to be addressed by government as well as the industry itself. Failure to tackle this will create a structural weakness that limits Britain's ability to continue growing.

Why Britain Badly Needs More Women Engineers

Siobhan Endean | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Siobhan Endean

Unite will always work hard with employers to help ensure that apprenticeships being offered are meaningful, never bogus. I'd say to all women interested in engineering - don't be put off by outdated sexism. Britain doesn't need it, but Britain certainly needs you.

Should We Allow Engineering to be Rebranded?

Yetunde Adediran | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Tech
Yetunde Adediran

Engineering educators must utilise young peoples' passion, interest, and reach out, to their dreams by means of diversifying and inspiring engineering to the next generation of engineers and scientists.

An Ode to My Parents: The Making of a Young Engineer

Rosary Abot | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Tech
Rosary Abot

At some point, I came to regard being useless as one of the worst things you could possibly be. I wasn't useful to my parents every minute, but those times weren't wasted, either. Many of my favourite days involved sitting and reading a book in its entirety.

Redefining the Engineering Brand

Roma Agrawal | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Tech
Roma Agrawal

It's clear that engineering's brand is holding our profession back and could be putting off the brightest young minds from joining us, man or woman. Our poor image is based on the misconceptions people have of what an engineer does and how they should look.

Now Is a Better Time Than Ever to Be a Female Engineer

Dame Sue Ion | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK
Dame Sue Ion

Engineering is a great and rewarding career for women. I have never experienced discrimination during my career, and in fact, many of my most successful colleagues are women.

Attracting the Right Talent to Engineering - From Stem to Steam

Peter Luff | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

Our national security and our future competitiveness and prosperity all depend on bringing more people into engineering at all levels. But we need rather different skills from the conventional ones engineering has sought in the past and this is widely understood...

Rocket Man: It's Easy to Watch the Rosetta Mission and Be Impressed, but Why Not Try Your Own Project?

Craig Tickle | Posted 10.03.2015 | UK Tech
Craig Tickle

One of my college lecturers challenged us with what felt like an impossible task - take a picture of the curvature of the Earth, using items costing less than £100.

Powering the Next Generation of Technologists

Luis Alvarez | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Tech
Luis Alvarez

At this time of year, with the latest devices and gadgets packed, parceled and delivered, it's easy to take for granted all the astounding innovations...

Civil Engineering: All Fun and (Video) Games?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

Computer game designer, video games tester, and working in cinematics for Hollywood movies are high tech dream jobs for many. Civil engineering, on the other hand, is often associated with muddy boots, hammers, hard hats and high vis vests...

Industrial Cadets Accredited Work Experience Gives Hope of Closing Industry Skills Gap

Dr Gordon Mizner | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK
Dr Gordon Mizner

The skills gap in UK science and engineering industries is now an accepted fact of life with companies reporting difficulties in current recruitment of skilled staff. However, an initiative called Industrial Cadets, supported by government and led by major manufacturers, offers the opportunity of engaging future recruits while still at school, thereby developing the future talent pipeline.