UK Engineering

Get Inspired - Choose a Career in STEM

Dr Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Coorous Mohtadi

If you were asked to draw a scientist, what would it look like? An image resembling Einstein, perhaps? Same question; but this time an engineer. Would you draw a man with a spanner? And would a computer scientist look like a guy who's keen on science fiction and junk food, working alone in a dark room?

Closing the Gender Gap in Engineering

Stacey Orr | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Stacey Orr

While there's no doubt that the country has come a long way in terms of gender equality in the workplace, there are still industries where women are significantly under represented. If we look at the engineering sector, for example, only 8% of engineers in the UK are women . In fact, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.

From a Little (More) STEM Can a Great Economy Grow

Nikki Yates | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Yates

We have a problem in the UK, and that problem is having a detrimental impact on our performance, our growth, and our ability to compete on a global stage.

Sustainability: Should 'We' Care?

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK
Sakthy Selvakumaran

The effects of climate change and the depletion of natural resources is becoming ever-more apparent in the UK and around the world: flash floods have destroyed homes; farming and crops have been affected; transport services have caused chaos with sudden cancellations and closures.

What England Can Learn From the Dutch About Water Management

Julian Hunt | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Julian Hunt

Increasing evidence and scientific analysis is showing why these events are associated with human induced climate change. The related impacts are becoming more widespread and complex, affecting society from health issues to agriculture, from transportation to economics, and becoming more severe, long-lasting and costly with increasing frequency.

The Modern Apprentice - A New Business Opportunity

Mark Naysmith | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Naysmith

As a professional consultancy advising and working with developers, contractors and architects we are directly impacted by skills and resource shortages within the environmental, construction and engineering sectors.

Women Into STEM Careers - Is the UK Missing the Boat?

Dr Gordon Mizner | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Gordon Mizner

A recent report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee expressed concern at the low proportions of women at senior level in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professions.

How Do We Inspire More Girls to be Engineers and First Women of the Future?

Dawn Elson | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Dawn Elson

Is it that the prospect of a career in engineering simply isn't appealing to girls? Or maybe the failing is earlier than that and the girls don't select the vital STEM subjects at GCSE or A level and then are not able to go on to read engineering at university?

Industry and the Defence of Europe

Peter Luff | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Luff

The European Union should not acquire a defence identity - but continuing membership of the EU is profoundly in the interests of our security and our defence industries.

WATCH: How To Make A Cruise Ship 30 Metres Longer

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Tech

How do you lengthen an already rather large cruise ship by an extra 30 metres? Very delicately and with the utmost precision as this incredible vid...

The Skills Gap Is an Obvious Issue, So What Is Being Done About It?

Keith Lewis | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Keith Lewis

We've learnt recently that although growth in job vacancies hit the fastest rate in 15 years in November this year (the strongest demand being for engineers) and the UK unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2009, the availability of candidates to fill permanent and temporary posts fell in November; a continuation of the recent trend.

Winter Floods: Innovation at Route of Preventative and Protective Work

Simon Thomas | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Simon Thomas

With the extreme winter weather and ongoing flooding events continuing to dominate media schedules across the UK, measures must now be taken to minimise and prevent such scenes of devastation occurring in the future...

What We Talk About, When We Talk About Engineering

Phil Smith | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Phil Smith

It's also an unfortunate fact of recessionary Britain that, with each vacancy often drawing hundreds of applicants, it's largely safe to say there are fewer jobs than there are job seekers. There are, of course, a few notable exceptions and - given a certain understandable bias on my part - it's pleasing to note that the engineering industry is one of them.

Why an Apprenticeship May Be the Key to Your Future

Arfan Ghani | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Arfan Ghani

From helping my mum around the house since I was small, to fixing my own bike, I've always had a passion for understanding how things work and helping out, so I knew that I had to find a job that would be hands-on. But I didn't know how to get there..

"More Than Just a Princess" - How To Get Girls To Become Engineers

The Huffington Post UK | Patricia Doma | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A groundbreaking commercial hit the screens by the toy company GoldieBlox, aimed to get girls interested in building. The CEO, Debbie Sterling, stu...

Engineering a New Generation of Talent

Olivia Jones | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Olivia Jones

The challenge now is for schools, universities, business and Government join us in making sure that the potential engineers of the future are informed, without prejudice, of all the opportunities available to them. We need to work together to provide the advice and support all young people need to make informed decisions at an early age.

Job Available: The Uncreative, Uninventive and Uncaring Need Not Apply

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sakthy Selvakumaran

In choosing a future career, do you find yourself torn between balancing your creative nature, your love of words and communication with an interest in science and technology? Do you dream big and feel you might be capable of bringing people together to navigate difficult decisions that have to be made in pursuit of the solutions to the great global challenges posed by poverty, economic crisis and climate change?

The Knowledge Gap Is Holding Back Future UK Engineering Talent

Jo Swinson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jo Swinson

Startling research released to mark the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week should be a wake up call to employers, educators and the engineering industry to encourage more young people into engineering careers. Everyone who is passionate about apprenticeships, the future of our economy and young people's careers should be concerned that our school children may be rejecting engineering as a career choice because they don't know enough about it. Girls in particular aren't attracted to engineering as a career option.

Engineering the Next Generation

Mark Naysmith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Mark Naysmith

I have worked in engineering, and engineering related fields, all my life and like most people who work in this industry I am extremely passionate about what I do. So why do we find it so hard to get young people, especially women, interested in an engineering related career?

Let Engineers And Scientists IN, Says James Dyson

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

James Dyson has lambasted Britain’s undervaluing of engineers and scientists, citing the UK's looming energy crisis as a “consequence” of a skil...

Swapping Jobs With a Minister - All in a Day's Work as Apprenticeship Champion

Jenny Westworth | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Westworth

Last week, I completed my job swap with the Skills Minister, Matthew Hancock MP, by showing him where I work at our BAE Systems Military Air & Information site at Warton in Lancashire. I took him on the journey of life as an apprentice, showing him where I began, the skills I learnt and where I completed, three and a half years later...

Always Ask 'Why?' (Stop Working Badly)

Becci Taylor | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK
Becci Taylor

In a design workshop yesterday, I suddenly realised I wasn't trying. I wasn't contributing to the process by suggesting solutions, I wasn't listening. As soon as this struck me, I leaned forward, started thinking and got involved. Afterwards I felt very happy and left the meeting feeling lighter and much more positive about life. I also felt determined not to let that happen again!

How to Use Social Platforms to Find an Engineering Job

Daniel Kendal | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Kendal

Let's be honest; social media is not something that is commonly associated with engineering jobs. Ten years ago if you had asked an engineer graduate as to how he or she were to find a job, the answer wouldn't have been 'the internet'.

UK Science Industry Must Inspire Our Bright Young Students

Mandy Oxbrow | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Mandy Oxbrow

As thousands of teenagers nervously await their A-Level results I began to reflect on my own path from science education-to-industry, a journey that started 12 years ago. Like today's crop of students I was worried that this day could possibly make or break my summer and even my entire life...

Girls' A-level Choices are Locking Them Out of Creative Industries Too

Polly Courtney | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Polly Courtney

The idea that painters, writers, dancers, designers and musicians can exist on the basis of their creativity alone is misplaced and out of date. I am one of a small but growing number of creative who benefits from a scientific background.