UK Engineering

Fuel Subsidy: Roadblock on the Way to Innovation

Toby Peters | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Politics
Toby Peters

The Government is asked to support environmentally friendly technologies every day. It's called on to invest in renewable generation and to subsidise electric vehicles. But in this case, it could actually make money while helping clean alternatives to diesel to flourish. It seems like one of the simpler decisions that the Chancellor would have to make this week.

Engineering a Career Path to the Top

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Tech
Sakthy Selvakumaran

What better time to celebrate careers in engineering, and the often unsung contribution engineers and technicians make to societies all over the world? There really is no better time to make a unique contribution of your own.

'... But You Don't Look Like an Engineer'

Ceri Linton | Posted 28.02.2016 | UK Tech
Ceri Linton

Ok, then, so what does an engineer look like? This isn't an existential or hypothetical question for me, I would genuinely like an answer. It is remarkable how often I tell people I am studying to be an engineer and the response is just that - Ceri, you don't look like one. It's frustrating that people have these archaic preconceptions!

Fitting Study Around Work Is Easy - And Could Lead To A World Of Opportunities

The Huffington Post UK | Georgia James | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

For someone who left school at 16 with no desire to study A-Levels, engineer Michael Owen – or Michael Owen BEng (Hons) HNC EngTech AMIMechE to sta...

The Importance of Promoting STEM Subjects Across the UK

Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Tech
Coorous Mohtadi

Whilst science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have a profound impact on our everyday lives, we continue to see a lack of engagement from students of all ages in these subjects. This is despite STEM subjects being considered one of the accelerating forces for future economic growth across the UK.

A Student's Just Designed A Gun You Can Print Out At Home - And It Shoots Real Bullets

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A mechanical engineering student is claiming he's made history after designing the "world's first" 3D printed revolver - capable of firing real bullet...

We Must Celebrate and Encourage Inovation to Solve Our Global Problems and Inspire a New Generation of Engineers

Naomi Climer | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Tech
Naomi Climer

As the President of the IET, I get to see the innovative work that engineers do on a daily basis and it is exciting to see the creativity and passion so many of my fellow engineers have. The problem is that all this great work often goes unnoticed in the wider world.

The Internet Says Engineering Isn't for Girls

Lily France | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lily France

Until the images we give to the media and young people are different and more inclusive, perceptions of engineering will not change and girls with a passion for engineering may never actually join the industry.

If We're Going to Build on Floodplains, We Must Ensure Homes are Adequately Protected

Simon Thomas | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK
Simon Thomas

As the wetter autumn months start to fully set in and with winter just around the corner, we can soon expect to start seeing UK flooding events hitting the headlines.

A Song for Tomorrow's Engineers Week

Joanna Anderson | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Tech
Joanna Anderson

I'm Joanna Anderson. I'm 23 years old and I'm a civil engineer. I'm not a man, I don't walk around in a hard hat all the time, and I don't spend all day on a construction site. Most of us don't fit that stereotype!

Bridging the Gap - The Engineering Skills Shortage Must Be Addressed

Nayeeb Chowdhury | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nayeeb Chowdhury

Having seen first hand, numerous young people including my family and friends who are being turned off from studying STEM subjects at an early stage is concerning (and quite upsetting strictly from a Chemical Engineering student perspective). So it's rudimentary we act with urgency, and in a manner to spark interest while inspiring them to consider engineering careers.

How I Came to Be the 'Zoella of Engineering'

Lily France | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lily France

'Zoella of Engineering' - quite the title to live up to. Big shoes to fill. Well, a cute petite girl's small and stylish shoes, but that doesn't have quite the same ring. Zoella's a household name with a fanbase hanging on her every word, and I'm a molehill to a Zoella mountain, but I'm gonna give this 'spreading the word' thing a shot anyway.

Girls, to Make an Impact, Stick With STEM

Yasmin Ali | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Tech
Yasmin Ali

If girls enjoy these subjects so much when they're younger, why don't they continue to study them at GCSE and A-Level? Why do females only account for 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at University?

The 'Swarm Man' Modified Drone Is As Cool As It Sounds

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 06.09.2015 | UK Tech

This is very cool. A British engineer has adapted a steel frame into a flying machine capable of levitating 20 metres off the ground. Nicknamed ...

Nepal: Building Back, But Out of More Than Bricks and Mortar

Sakthy Selvakumaran | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
Sakthy Selvakumaran

We are all taken aback by the striking images projected in the wake of devastating natural disasters. In recent months the British media was flooded w...

Is Engineering and Construction Still a Man's World?

Jan Flawn | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Tech
Jan Flawn

Whilst these have of course traditionally been more male-dominated career areas, surely we have undergone a certain degree of evolution? Do these particular professional women feel that their career path is not worthy of an award or that their skills aren't valued?

#ilooklikeanengineer Is Great, but One in Five Women Still Expect to be Patronised at Work

Sean O'Meara | Posted 10.08.2015 | UK Tech
Sean O'Meara

With the volume and influence of online tech publications and the fact that the industry is typically well engaged and represented on social media, this strong response to petty sexism is as predictable as the initial sexism was depressingly inevitable.

The Role That Business Can Play in Education

Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Tech
Coorous Mohtadi

If companies continue to support and engage education, they will become essential, trusted partners for government and civil society. Companies will prove their value to education by delivering usable knowledge and skills at every stage of education from early childhood through the attainment of a meaningful career.

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...