• £2.5 million to recognise and reduce cyber-attack threats to critical infrastructure

    EPSRC 30 September 2014

    New research co-funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will focus on the cyber-security of the UK’s vital industrial control systems which run, for example, manufacturing plants, power stations, the electricity grid, and the rail network. The research will help understand and mitigate threats from hackers or malware infiltrating the systems behind our…

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  • Engineering graduates among the best paid in the UK

    The Engineer 30 September 2014

    Figures released in the the new Times Good University Guide 2015, suggest that the average starting salaries of engineering graduates are amongst the highest in the country. Of the top ten highest earning degree subjects, engineering subjects make up six, with chemical engineering demanding the second highest starting salary of any degree subject. Published in The…

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  • WISE launches industry-led campaign to address shortage of women engineers

    WISE / RAEng 29 September 2014

    As newly released statistics illustrate the continuing imbalance of women in science and engineering professions, leaders of 20 of the UK’s top science, technology, engineering and manufacturing companies have written to the Prime Minister, seeking his support for a new industry-led campaign to boost the retention and development of women employees. Data published today by…

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  • Robots are doing it for themselves

    EPSRC 29 September 2014

    Industrialists, academics and students gathered in Edinburgh last week to launch a new Centre aimed at developing robots which can act independently and which could revolutionise society in the next twenty years. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are major funders. The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics is a joint venture by Heriot-Watt University…

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  • UK visual effects, animation & games industries get multi-million pound skills boost

    BIS / UKCES 25 September 2014

    The UK’s leading visual effects (VFX), animation and games employers – including Double Negative, Framestore, Moving Picture Company, Pinewood Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Ubisoft Reflections – have joined forces to create a new Next Gen Skills Academy. The consortium has secured nearly £6.5m of investment via the UK Commission for Employment and Skills…

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  • HIVE to create buzz in buildings research

    EPSRC 25 September 2014

    UK’s first research facility designed specifically to study environmental impact of construction materials in real-life environment opens. The UK’s first research facility designed specifically to test sustainable construction materials and systems at full-scale and in realistic, open-air conditions is being officially opened by the University of Bath’s Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex, on Thursday…

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  • Launchpad competition uncovers UK’s most promising young tech entrepreneurs

    RAEng 24 September 2014

    A new bone substitute for dental implants, software to improve the accuracy of breast cancer diagnosis, and infrared technology to reduce house fires have been developed by three young entrepreneurs who have now been backed by the Royal Academy of Engineering to help get their businesses off the ground. Hind Kraytem (22), Dr Niall Kent…

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  • £8 million to train the next generation of the nuclear workforce

    BIS 24 September 2014

    Business Secretary Vince Cable has announced £8 million of funding to train the next generation of nuclear technicians and engineers. The funding will create hundreds of new apprenticeships and traineeships as part of the Magnox led Nuclear Industrial Partnership. Funding builds on the government’s Nuclear Industrial Strategy which is aimed at making sure Britain can benefit…

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  • New Computer codes to aid greener, leaner aircraft design

    EPSRC 23 September 2014

    A computer model that accurately predicts how composite materials behave when damaged will make it easier to design lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Innovative computer codes form the basis of a computer model that shows in unprecedented detail how an aircraft’s composite wing, for instance, would behave if it suffered small-scale damage, such as a bird…

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  • New funds for manufacturing research as Manufacturing the Future Conference comes to Clydeside

    EPSRC 23 September 2014

    A major national conference and exhibition, that brings together researchers, government agencies and manufacturing businesses to explore the future of manufacturing, opens today, Tuesday September 23rd, at the Glasgow Science Centre. This will include the 16 current EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing, each of which provides a national focus for research in areas of strategic…

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