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Shortage of engineering skills to cost UK £27bn a year

12 January 2015

Almost 55,000 jobs should be filled every year to meet the industry demand for workers with engineering skills, according to an engineering organisation.

Engineering and technology top news in 2014

24 December 2014

What a tumultuous year 2014 has been. E&T News has put together a timeline with this year’s most memorable events in engineering and technology, good and bad.

Airbus receives over 500 ideas for student challenge

18 December 2014

Round one of Airbus’ global competition Fly Your Ideas has attracted worldwide entries on how the next generation will tackle the future challenges of aviation.

Raspberry Pi goes to space to teach kids spacecraft coding

10 December 2014

Two modified Raspberry Pi computers will be sent to the International Space Station with British astronaut Tim Peake next year to allow school children to run experiments in space.

Two million new apprentices since 2010

09 December 2014

A 16-year old engineering trainee from Oxford has become the two millionth apprentice to have started a practical training scheme since 2010, a major milestone in the government’s efforts to boost apprenticeship uptake.

Skyscape expands internship programme

03 December 2014

Skyscape Cloud Services has announced an expansion of its undergraduate internship programme, adding nine new places to the scheme.

Africa aims for Moon to inspire next generations

28 November 2014

One South African non-profit initiative has launched a crowdfunding campaign with the ambitious goal to raise money to send the first African spacecraft to the Moon to inspire next generations to rise from poverty through education and science.

Miliband pledges to boost number of engineers during Crossrail visit

24 November 2014

Ed Miliband said addressing the national engineering skills shortage will be a key objective of his government if Labour wins election.

Dyson to invest £1bn in 100 new products

21 November 2014

Inventor Sir James Dyson has pledged to spend £1bn on the research and development of 100 new products over the next four years.

Free digital skills courses offered by Tech City

19 November 2014

Free online digital skills courses from Cambridge University will be offered by a government-backed scheme to make the UK a "global technology powerhouse".

Number of engineering apprentices falling despite campaign

17 November 2014

The number of people starting engineering apprenticeships has declined by 9 per cent over the past three years, according to an industry accountancy firm.

Fracking college to open in Blackpool

12 November 2014

A new college to train engineers for the UK’s oil and gas industry, including hydraulic fracturing operations, has been launched in Blackpool.

Failure to take STEM subjects ‘holding back’ many young people

10 November 2014

Too many young people are still limiting their career options by not taking exams in subjects like maths and the sciences, the Education Secretary has said.

Three-quarters of parents would recommend engineering career

03 November 2014

Three-quarters of parents would recommend becoming an engineer to their kids, according to research to coincide with the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week.

SMF awards £270,000 in MBA scholarships

30 October 2014

Sainsbury Management Fellows (SMF) has awarded £270,000 in scholarships to nine engineers to take their MBA at international business schools.

Action needed to maintain mining skills, says committee

28 October 2014

A "massive contraction" in the number of universities offering degree courses in mining engineering is putting the UK’s extractive sector at risk, MPs say.

November deadline for engineering competition entries

24 October 2014

Don’t leave it too late – entry into two of the world’s biggest student engineering competitions closes in late November.

Rebrand engineering to represent diverse profession, says report

23 October 2014

Engineering institutions are being urged to adapt to better serve the diverse and rapidly changing profession they represent.

BAE Systems to launch aircraft maintenance training academy

21 October 2014

Defence giant BAE Systems is to build a new £5m academy for training apprentices to work in maintenance and servicing of fighter jets.

Doctor Who to help teach kids to code in new game

20 October 2014

Doctor Who will help children learn how to code in a new online game to be released by the BBC.

Young engineers awarded research funds

07 October 2014

Young engineers with potentially ground-breaking ideas have been awarded industrial fellowships to help them develop their designs.

Cable proposes a boost to apprenticeship pay

07 October 2014

Business Secretary Vince Cable has outlined proposals to simplify and boost the national minimum wage for apprentices.

Engineering adventure stories to inspire next generation

06 October 2014

An aerospace engineer from the USA is hoping to inspire the next generation with a series of free stories about the everyday challenges faced by those in the profession.

Scottish student wins QEPrize trophy design competition

02 October 2014

An engineering student has won a competition to create the trophy for the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Bloodhound fitted with Eurofighter Typhoon engine

02 October 2014

Engineers have installed a one-tonne fighter jet engine to the chassis of the Bloodhound supersonic car, which will attempt to break the land speed record in 2016.

Support to get African innovations off the ground

02 October 2014

Innovative ideas from 12 African entrepreneurs will receive support from the Royal Academy of Engineering to get them off the ground.

Can UTCs help close the engineering gender gap?

01 October 2014

University Technical Colleges (UTCs) can play a key role bringing more women into engineering says the Principal Designate of UTC@harbourside.

Interactive exhibition to inspire future engineers

01 October 2014

A free interactive exhibition aimed at inspiring young people to think like engineers will open at the Science Museum this December.

Army officer recognised for work with Bloodhound

26 September 2014

The officer who leads the Army’s contribution to the Bloodhound supersonic car project has been named as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers’ 2014 Modern Day Visionary.

Engineers to command top starting salaries, says guide

25 September 2014

Engineering graduates are likely to receive some of the highest starting salaries, according to The Times Good University Guide 2015.

Novel bone substitute voted best idea in youth start-up prize

24 September 2014

New cheaper and more effective synthetic material designed to replace bone in dental surgeries has won the inaugural £15,000 JC Gammond Award aiming to help young entrepreneurs to start a career.

£8m to train nuclear technicians and engineers

23 September 2014

An £8m funding pot announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable today will help train the next generation of nuclear technicians and engineers.

New XPrize wants to replace teachers with smart software

22 September 2014

XPRIZE foundation has launched a new competition inviting software engineers to develop tools that would enable children in developing countries to teach themselves trivia skills.

UK technical universities improve in global rankings

16 September 2014

Four British universities have made the global top ten according to the latest QS World University Ranking, with tech-focused Imperial College London placing second after the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

University of Sheffield apprenticeship up for THE award

12 September 2014

An advanced apprenticeship scheme developed by the University of Sheffield has been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education (THE) Award.

Universities drive low emission vehicle research forward

10 September 2014

Funding from the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is helping to establish several low carbon vehicle research projects.  

Shortlist of designs for QEPrize trophy revealed

10 September 2014

Nine aspiring UK engineers and designers have reached the final of a competition to design the trophy for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Academy develops hydraulic engineering training facility

03 September 2014

The JCB Academy is developing a practical hydraulic engineering training facility thanks to up to £80,000 sponsorship from Parker Hannifin.

Parents increasingly keen on digital careers

03 September 2014

Digital careers are becoming more popular with ambitious parents as potential jobs for their children, according to a new survey.

Supersonic car made of K’NEX parts unveiled

29 August 2014

A life-sized model of Bloodhound, the supersonic car aiming to break the world ground speed record, has been assembled from the K’NEX construction kit.

Call to reverse decision to scrap engineering GCSE

21 August 2014

The IET has urged the Government to reconsider scrapping the engineering GCSE after a bumper year for the subject.

Maths top A-level but gender gap remains

14 August 2014

The number of students taking STEM subjects at A-level has increased for the fifth year in a row, but a gender gap remains.

Drones to help explore cultural heritage

12 August 2014

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped with innovative ground-penetrating radar will be used by Leicester University archaeologists to explore inaccessible areas.

America tops students’ travel experience wish list

08 August 2014

Students say a road trip though America is their most desired travel experience, followed by a safari in Africa and a skydive over New Zealand.

Rosetta the comet-chaser arrives at destination

06 August 2014

Europe’s comet chasing Rosetta spacecraft has finally arrived at its destination after a ten-year journey, providing scientists for the first time in history with a close-up of a comet.

Visual illusions for fashionable cyclists

01 August 2014

Glasgow university students have created a LED light accessory for bicycles that can create sophisticated optical illusions.

Proportion of female engineers falls from 2013 level

31 July 2014

The proportion of female engineers has actually dropped since last year despite repeated calls to boost their numbers in the profession.

Most teachers not confident about teaching code

21 July 2014

Nearly three-quarters of primary school teachers do not feel confident about teaching the new coding syllabus being introduced in September.

Newton inspires Tim Peake's mission

18 July 2014

The mission of the first UK astronaut to fly to the International Space Station with the European Space Agency has been named Principia, following a public vote which drew inspiration from the work of Isaac Newton.

Twin chemical signals direct MRI enhancers to tumours

17 July 2014

Researchers at Imperial College London have used two common characteristics of cancer cells to help nanoparticles home in on them and, if developed successfully for medical use, show-up tumours much more clearly on MRI scans than is currently possible.