UK Engineering

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

Olympia Brown | Posted 14.04.2015 | 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How Do We Tackle Outdated Career Stereotypes and Get Parents to Say: 'My Daughter Wants to Be an Engineer When She Grows Up'?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 13.04.2015 | 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 Could it be that parents are limiting their children's future career choices through outdated perceptions of the jobs they think girls and boys are interested in?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 26.03.2015 | 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 23.03.2015 | 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 18.03.2015 | 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 11.03.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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.

Engendering Equality in Engineering

Peter Rolton | Posted 29.11.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 02.11.2014 | 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...