• BAE Systems welcomes a record intake of apprentices in 2014

    BAE Systems 29 December 2013

    BAE Systems is offering 568 apprenticeship places in 2014; 181 more places than the Company offered in 2013 The new recruits will work at sixteen of the BAE sites in the UK and join the Company in September 2014. The increase can in part be attributed to a requirement for hundreds of highly skilled submarine…

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  • Drone designed to help clean up Fukishima

    EPSRC 20 December 2013

    A light-weight drone, designed to monitor radiation after a release of radioactive material, could help with the clean-up at the Fukishima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan. A team at the University of Bristol developed the drone, called the ARM system, in response to the nuclear incident at Fukishima to help detect radiation and prevent crews…

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  • First Incorporated Engineer for flexible Gateways education programme

    Engineering Council 19 December 2013

    Christopher Jones is the first BEng Professional Engineering graduate in the UK to achieve Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status through the flexible work-based ‘Engineering Gateways’ programme. The BEng Professional Engineering (Power Systems) programme is the first of its kind in the UK and has been offered by Aston University in Birmingham since 2010. Engineers study on…

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  • UK set to lead the way for smart cities

    BIS 18 December 2013

    Government, cities, businesses and universities are joining forces to make sure the UK is leading the global race to develop smarter cities. A new forum led by government, will see local authorities and businesses working together to ensure that growth opportunities are not missed in a market estimated to be worth more than $400 billion…

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  • Momentum remains strong in the manufacturing sector

    CBI 17 December 2013

    Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector continued to strengthen with order books and output touching an 18-year high for the second consecutive month, according to the CBI Industrial Trends Survey. The survey of nearly 400 manufacturers found that both the size of total order books and the pace of output growth over the past three…

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  • Engineering is back in class for 14 – 19 year olds

    Royal Academy of Engineering 16 December 2013

    Two new GCSE-level vocational engineering qualifications will be available to schools in the UK from September 2014. The two new qualifications have received Ofqual accreditation and appeared in the Department for Education’s approved list of qualifications announced today and will be available to pupils from September 2014. The BTEC qualifications have been developed by the…

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  • Bug-busting science targets harmful microorganisms

    IChemE 16 December 2013

    Bacteria, fungi and viruses are a major source of infection and disease. But not all are harmful, and ‘good’ microorganisms are often killed indiscriminately. However, new research has revealed scientists are making steady progress to target specific species of harmful bacteria including E. coli. Infection by harmful microorganisms can result in serious problems such as…

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  • New research institute to thwart cyber-attacks

    EPSRC 13 December 2013

    Averting cyber-attacks and other threats to vital systems that control the UK’s industry and infrastructure will be the focus of a new EPSRC-funded Research Institute. Researchers at the Research Institute into Trustworthy Industrial Control Systems at Imperial College London, will explore potential threats to the infrastructure that controls a range of processes, from nuclear power…

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  • New iPad-based ‘early warning’ system for hospital patient monitoring

    EPSRC 12 December 2013

    Handwritten medical observation charts could become a thing of the past in hospitals with the development of a pioneering patient monitoring system developed in Oxford hospitals. An iPad-based early-warning system developed with EPSRC funding is one of the projects funded by the ‘Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards’ £260 million NHS Technology Fund to improve patient safety….

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  • New expert body on computing education established

    Royal Academy of Engineering 12 December 2013

    The UK Forum for Computing Education (UKForCE) will provide an independent and unified voice to advise UK government and other agencies on issues relating to computing education. UKForCE is led by the Royal Academy of Engineering and will provide advice on the curriculum, qualifications and assessment and the supply and training of computing teachers. The…

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