UK Engineering

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 29.10.2015 | 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...

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.