• £400 million boost for science and engineering teaching at English universities

    BIS 30 September 2013

    Science and engineering teaching at English universities will receive a £400 million boost, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts announced today. Only 6% of the engineering workforce in the UK is female, so this package of support will also have a particular focus on encouraging women into these subjects.   The package consists of: –…

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  • Expert panel identifies challenges for young entrepreneurs

    Royal Academy of Engineering 30 September 2013

    A panel representing entrepreneurs, investors and students has highlighted the major barriers for young people pursuing entrepreneurship, during a debate at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. Panellists argued that Offices of Technology Transfer (TTOs) could do more to ease the formation of spin out companies by updating their approach to IP and equity,…

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  • Self-healing concrete research voted most likely to change the World

    EPSRC 25 September 2013

    An audience of science enthusiasts and media at this year’s British Science Festival in Newcastle voted an EPSRC-funded project, led by academics at Cardiff University, as the most likely to have the biggest global effect. Attendees at the ‘You Heard it Heard First’ session listened to five minute presentations from academics working across a wide…

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  • Solar powered high altitude pseudo-satellite successful test flight

    Astrium 25 September 2013

    Astrium has successfully completed the first flight of its long endurance Zephyr solar powered High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite (HAPS) since it acquired the assets of the Zephyr programme in March 2013 from QinetiQ in the UK. The flight of the Zephyr took place at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, USA, in August 2013. Astrium’s HAPS programme…

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  • Adapting to a changing climate

    EPSRC 25 September 2013

    It is estimated that every £1 spent on increasing resilience to extreme weather across Europe could yield £4 in potential damages avoided. Government is now calling on businesses and local councils to prepare for the effects of extreme weather and climate change, to guard against any future economic impacts. EPSRC-supported researchers from the University of…

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  • Over 29,000 new aircraft required in the next 20 years

    EADS, Airbus 24 September 2013

    As aviation becomes increasingly accessible in all parts of the world, future Journeys will increasingly be made by air particularly to and from emerging markets. According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast (GMF) in the next 20 years (2013-2032), air traffic will grow at 4.7 per cent annually requiring over 29,220 new passenger and freighter…

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  • National Grid in UK helicopter first

    National Grid 24 September 2013

    National Grid has added the new Bell 429 to its helicopter fleet to inspect the electricity network in England and Wales – the first in the world to be equipped to work for a utility company. The Bell has begun work inspecting the 7,200 kilometres of overhead lines and 21,000 pylons that make up the…

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  • Debate at REC Labour fringe with Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne

    Recruitment and Employment Confederation 24 September 2013

    The REC’s series of party conference events continued last night as Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne joined us to discuss the changing nature of work in the UK. Doug Henderson, the former Labour MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne North kicked proceedings off on behalf of PCG. He outlined how profound changes in the…

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  • Europe’s largest infrastructure project – The engineering behind Crossrail

    Royal Academy of Engineering 23 September 2013

    With nine new stations to build and over 42 kilometres of new underground tunnelling to complete under the feet of millions of Londoners, the Crossrail rail link is one of Europe’s largest civil engineering projects. Speaking on Monday evening 23 September at the Royal Academy of Engineering Lloyds Register Educational Trust Lecture 2013, Andrew Wolstenholme…

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  • Chemical engineers to look at water, energy and food challenges

    IChemE 23 September 2013

    Two of the world’s largest organisations of chemical engineers – IChemE and AIChE – are creating a joint working group to respond to the technology challenges presented where issues surrounding water, energy and food supplies overlap. The collaboration will kick-off with a special workshop in November in San Francisco during the 2013 Annual Meeting of…

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