• Three new multidisciplinary research centres in synthetic biology

    EPSRC 30 January 2014

    Three new multidisciplinary research centres in synthetic biology will be established in Bristol, Nottingham and through a Cambridge/Norwich partnership, thanks to funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The £40 million+ investment will be formally announced by Minister for Universities and Science David…

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  • Professor Philip Nelson announced as Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the EPSRC

    EPSRC 30 January 2014

    The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, has announced the appointment of Professor Philip Nelson as the next Chief Executive and Deputy Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Professor Nelson is a leading figure in the academic community and joins EPSRC on secondment from University of Southampton, where he was…

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  • Industry tackling national skills shortage with careers advice

    National Grid 29 January 2014

    Some of the country’s top companies – concerned about the mismatch between the skills they need and the talent leaving education – have joined together with educators to run a pilot careers education programme. Some 2000 pupils from schools across the Midlands will take part in the Careers Lab pilot which will see key personnel…

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  • Unlocking the energy potential of the world’s waste

    IChemE 29 January 2014

    Over 200 million tonnes of household waste is produced across the European Union (EU) each year – equivalent to 436 kg per EU citizen. Chemical engineers are leading the race to turn this waste into a valuable source of renewable energy. In 2010, the 27 countries in the EU, with a population in excess of…

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  • Eight promising technologies moving from lab to reality

    Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub 28 January 2014

    ‘Smart’ clothes to protect the elderly from hip fractures, a half-size catalytic convertor that reduces vehicle emissions and saves fuel, and software to crowd-share smartphone data bandwidth in congested places are just three of the most promising new technologies that the Royal Academy of Engineering has identified as having outstanding business potential. Each has been…

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  • £45m investment to catalyse industrial biotech innovation

    Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC 24 January 2014

    The Technology Strategy Board has launched the new Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst funding programme, to help UK businesses and researchers turn industrial biotechnology research into commercial products such as fragrances, flavours, pharmaceuticals, plastics, resins, textiles, biofuel and antibiotics. The programme is funded jointly by the Technology Strategy Board, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and…

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  • UK chemical engineering courses show strong growth

    IChemE 24 January 2014

    The latest statistics published by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), UK, show the number of students starting chemical engineering courses grew by over a quarter in 2013. UCAS’s ‘end of cycle statistics’ for 2013 indicated that 2,790 undergraduates started a chemical engineering course – an increase of 26.7 per cent, compared to the…

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  • BAE Systems Apprentice of the Year

    BAE Systems 24 January 2014

    An apprentice from the Military Air and Information site at Warton in Lancashire has been named ‘BAE Systems Apprentice of the Year’ at the Company’s Apprenticeship Awards in Manchester. Rebecca Wolfenden, who also won the award for best technical apprentice, impressed the judges with her consistently excellent academic and technical work in addition to her…

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  • Engineer awarded fellowship in UK Parliament

    IChemE 22 January 2014

    Wendy Carr, a postgraduate engineering student at Newcastle University, UK, has been awarded the Ashok Kumar Commemorative Fellowship for 2014. The Ashok Kumar Commemorative Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for one successful graduate each year, from anywhere in the world, to spend three months working at the UK Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST)….

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  • Rosetta comet probe out of ‘hibernation’

    Airbus Group 22 January 2014

    The global space community has been eagerly awaiting news from the European Space Agency’s control centre in Darmstadt. Now it’s official, the Rosetta comet probe, designed and built by Airbus Defence and Space (formerly Astrium) for the European Space Agency (ESA), has awoken from its slumber! After around two and a half years (957 days)…

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