As the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology, the Royal Academy of Engineering brings together the most talented and successful engineers – the Fellows – to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. The Academy harnesses their experience and expertise to provide independent advice to government, to deliver programmes that help exceptional engineering researchers and innovators realise their potential, to engage the public with engineering and to provide leadership for the profession. If you would like to keep up to date with any of the areas described here, simply register on the Academy’s website at http://www.raeng.org.uk/ and sign up for updates under “My Account – Contact Preferences Section”.
The Academy undertakes a range of activities to ensure that engineering is at the heart of policy-making, providing authoritative, impartial advice and expertise. It brings together leading engineers from across all disciplines to work together on issues of national and global importance. It sets the agenda for education and diversity in UK engineering and technology and advocates for the need to plug the engineering skills gap. The Academy also leads the National Engineering Policy Centre, an ambitious partnership between all 38 engineering organisations in the UK, including the IFE!
Education and Image of Engineering
The Academy works with partners to encourage more young people to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools, FE colleges and universities, where the Academy enriches outcomes by bringing real-world engineering practice into the student experience. Schemes for students, undergrads and postgrads provide funding and support to secure the engineering skills pipeline. The Academy is working to encourage more people, especially young women and people from a wider range of backgrounds, to work as engineering technicians, graduate engineers and engineering researchers. You may have recently seen #thisisengineering trending on Twitter on 6th November, the first This is Engineering Day, which was a huge success! This is Engineering is a campaign to bring engineering to life for young people, and give more people the opportunity to pursue a career that is rewarding, future-shaping, varied, well-paid and in-demand. Its aim is to show more young people what engineering really looks like, and how it could be an exciting and rewarding path for them in the future. This is Engineering is led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, in collaboration with EngineeringUK, and with the generous support of partners across the profession.
Grants, prizes, research, and enterprise support
The Academy makes available funding and support to students, researchers, companies, and individuals who are at the very forefront of engineering development. Through its Enterprise Hub, the Academy offers a number of grants aimed at identifying and supporting the next generation of high potential entrepreneurs and prizes celebrating success in innovation and entrepreneurship. The Academy runs a series of fellowships that support aspiring and current world-leading individuals who are delivering high-quality engineering research. The Academy also runs several funding programmes which aim to encourage international engineering collaborations, support the expansion of international networks, and allow researchers to gain international experience and access world-class expertise. Prizes and medals given by the Academy seek to recognise and reward the very best of engineering talent from not only across the UK but internationally as well.