As Britain’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the country’s most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering.
4 Strategic Challenges 2011-2015
- Drive faster and more balanced economic growth
- Foster better education and skills
- Lead the profession
- Promote engineering at the heart of society.
Committees / Main working groups
- Main decision making body is Council, headed by President.
- Main standing committees: Membership, Research and Secondment, Engineering Policy, Education and Training, Awards, International, Finance and Audit, External Affairs.
- The UK government’s Newton Fund is a £375m 5 year fund aimed at developing science and innovation partnerships with 15 emerging powers globally. The Academy is one of eight delivery partners charged with bilateral programmes with partners in these countries; it is particularly focussing on research mobility and innovation capacity building. Under this fund, the Academy runs the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship programme, building the capacity of researchers for entrepreneurship and commercialisation of their research. In 2015 we welcomed 147 early career researchers from 8 countries to the UK for two weeks of intensive training, focussing on skills such as business planning, and pitching. For more information, please follow the link: http://www.raeng.org.uk//grants-and-prizes/international-research-and-collaborations/newton-fund-programmes/leaders-in-innovation-fellowships.
- place at the UK Pitch@Palace competition, hosted by HRH Prince Andrew. In the first year of its operation, 12 engineers from across Africa were shortlisted to receive six months of training and mentoring to help turn their research into businesses. The Africa Prize is now in year two, and we are working with a new shortlist of 12 talented engineers from across the African continent. For more information, please follow the link: www.raeng.org.uk/africaprize
- The Academy celebrated the launch of the Diversity Toolkit, aimed at increasing diversity in engineering. Developed with employers, for employers, the Diversity Toolkit provides ideas and guidance on building diversity in the engineering profession, and includes 17 case studies from across the engineering sector, providing inspiration and highlighting best practice. The Diversity Toolkit was launched alongside the Diversity and inclusion in engineering survey report 2015, which will provide a benchmark against which to measure future progress in improving diversity and inclusion across the UK engineering sector. For more information, please follow the link: http://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/diversity-in-engineering/bis-programme/employers
- Academy President, Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS was asked by the Government to lead a review examining how the UK can support the development of more effective collaborations between businesses and university researchers in the UK. The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations highlighted a number of recommendations, and received a high level of interest from the UK research system and from interested stakeholders internationally. Please see the following website to access the report, and for further details: http://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/dowling-review#sthash.4Qz7sOk9.dpuf