Engineering drives UK economic growth and lies at the heart of our quality of life.

Engineering for Growth (EfG) is a partner campaign, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, that brings together prominent organisations and individuals in order to demonstrate the contribution of engineering to economic growth and the quality of life.

This website is the hub of Engineering for Growth, with the latest news from the EfG partners from around the UK and analysis of issues that could help engineering make an even bigger contribution.

  • Robots on reins could be the ‘eyes’ of firefighters

    EPSRC 25 March 2015

    Firefighters moving through smoke-filled buildings could save vital seconds and find it easier to identify objects and obstacles, thanks to revolutionary reins...

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    reins project
  • Skills boost for major infrastructure projects

    BIS 24 March 2015

    Bidders for major government infrastructure projects will have to provide evidence of their commitment to developing skills, it has been announced. Contenders...

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  • Seven of the UK’s brightest academic entrepreneurs selected for support to spin-out of university

    RAEng 23 March 2015

    Seven UK researchers have been awarded up to £85,000 of funding through the Enterprise Hub to spend the next 12 months exclusively...

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Engineering according to...

  • Professor Lord Winston Hon FREng, Professor of Science and Society, Imperial College:

    “Engineering is revolutionising the way we deliver healthcare, including pinpoint accurate robotic surgery, ever-higher resolution imaging, new kinds of prosthetics and implants and systems that help patients live well at home. This constant innovation improves the quality of life for millions of people and drives a world-leading UK industry.”

  • Professor Dame Julia King FREng, Vice Chancellor, Aston University:

    “UK engineers are at the forefront of both research and the translation of that research into innovation that creates wealth and addresses the challenges we face as a society”

  • Dr Ralf Speth, CEO, Jaguar Landrover:

    “If UK companies are going to be able to compete successfully in the future, we need to raise the skill levels throughout the supply chain and UK manufacturing as a whole.”

  • Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President, Royal Academy of Engineering:

    "Engineering makes a major, often unrecognised, contribution to the life of the nation, in terms of wealth, health and wellbeing.”

  • Warren East FREng, Chief Executive Officer, ARM:

    “Engineering is one of the key engines of the UK’s economy, driving world-leading hi-tech innovation and adding immense exportable value.”

  • Sir Jonathan Porritt CBE, Forum for the Future:

    "Sustainability is about doing better things and doing things better. Engineering is a key contributor to that.”

  • Lord Browne of Madingley Kt FREng, Immediate Past President, Royal Academy of Engineering:

    "Engineers are leading the drive to resolve our all-consuming dependence on energy from ultimately finite natural resources.”

  • Dame Wendy Hall DBE FREng, Dean, Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences, University of Southampton:

    "The Web is a critical global infrastructure that is transforming society – with hundreds of billions of pages that touch almost all aspects of modern life … there is a need to address the critical questions that will determine how the Web evolves”

  • Professor Sarah Springman CBE FREng, Civil engineer and Vice President of the International Triathlon Union:

    "Technological advances that provide people with better access to sporting opportunities can greatly enhance quality of life and self-esteem, and in some cases, help them to achieve extraordinary success.”

  • Dr Tom Enders, CEO, EADS:

    "With more than 17,000 employees in the UK, EADS is firmly rooted in Britain’s advanced technology industrial base. Airbus is a centre of excellence for wing and pylon work, Astrium is the UK’s largest space company and Eurocopter provides helicopters for the majority of the country’s emergency police and medical support units.”

  • Martin Whitmarsh, CEO, McLaren Group:

    “Engineering is crucial, not just to what we do here at McLaren, but to the economy of the UK and to long term global sustainability and prosperity. The UK has a proud tradition of producing inspirational engineers, who have developed revolutionary technologies that have changed the world. We have the intelligence and the ingenuity to do the same again, but only if we foster an environment where engineering companies can flourish, our universities can innovate and the brightest and best young people see engineering as their career of choice.”