UK Engineering

Engendering Equality in Engineering

Peter Rolton | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK
Peter Rolton

British engineering is facing a serious skills shortage. Yesterday, the think tank IPPR published a report claiming that 'an additional 87,000 graduate level engineers will be needed in the UK each year between now and 2020' in order to meet growing demand, but that 'the higher education system is only producing 46,000 engineering graduates annually'. Well as a starter for ten, that maths doesn't look good.

Cultural and Societal Attitudes Around Engineering Need to Change

Amelia Livingstone | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Amelia Livingstone

I would wholeheartedly recommend studying a degree in engineering to any person regardless of gender. It isn't easy though. It takes hard work, determination and enthusiasm, but if you love science or maths I don't know why anyone would want to do anything else...

Sustainable Schools Project Boosts Exam Results

Green Futures | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Green Futures

Learning spaces, for instance, cannot stay stuck in the old rigid mould where rows of desks face the teacher and blackboard. There's no greater enemy of sustainability than obsolescence.

Educating the Students of Today - Females in STEM

Daniel Kendal | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Kendal

A lot of awareness is being made for girls to study and work in STEM. Recently, an engineering jobs team created an online database to help encourage and inspire more female students to work in the engineering and aerospace industry.

Man's Greatest Achievement - Not Getting Sticky

Nick Abbot | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

Summer this year has so far been a blink and you'll miss it affair, but it lasted long enough to cause an explosion of Coca-Cola in Somerset. Not an explosion of sales, an explosion of the actual drink itself.

Happy 120th Birthday Tower Bridge: Pictures Reveal The Makings A London Landmark

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK

Tower Bridge today celebraties its 120th birthday and is still one of London's best known landmarks, attracting thousands of tourists each year. Th...

Science and Innovation Have to be at the Heart of 2015 Election Manifestos If the UK Is to Maintain Economic Growth

Bill Westwater | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Politics
Bill Westwater

As the political parties finalise their manifestos for 2015, helping science and technology start-ups and facilitating the commercialisation of university research has to be at the heart of economic policy if we are to gear the UK for growth.

The Real Skills Shortage in UK Manufacturing is Leadership

James Burwood | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK
James Burwood

"UK Manufacturing growth threatened by skills shortage" screeches the boringly repetitive and lazy headline. I keep seeing this story and I take issue with it for a number of reasons...

Engineers Create Robot Sperm

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Tech

Engineers have created a robot sperm that can be controlled using something as simple as a fridge magnet. The minuscule robot is made using a super...

It's Not About the Money: The Addictive Ideas That Drive an Entrepreneur

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

A lot of people ask me why I took the plunge from having a dream job at one of the most well-recognised and valuable brands (Rolls-Royce) to starting something where sleeping on the floor of friends' houses became a common event

The STEM Skills Shortage Is Even More Apparent for Start-Ups

Mansoor Hamayun | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mansoor Hamayun

The work undertaken by STEM companies - both large and small - is extremely important, not just to our economic future, but to the development of our world. Only by ensuring an increased supply of high quality engineering talent will companies like ours be able to flourish.

Get Inspired - Choose a Career in STEM

Dr Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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 01.06.2014 | 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 27.05.2014 | 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 20.05.2014 | 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 19.05.2014 | 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 04.05.2014 | 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 29.04.2014 | 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..