• Launch of Smart Cities initiative

    Innovate UK 30 January 2015

    A new initiaitive, HyperCatCity, will get businesses and cities working together to find new, effective ways to deliver services using data and technology. Launched yesterday at the House of Lords, it will build on the £8 million investment from Innovate UK to develop the HyperCat consortium. This is working to create common, secure standards and…

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  • Dowling Review: Call for evidence

    RAEng 28 January 2015

    Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS has been asked by the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, to lead a review examining how government can support the development of more effective collaborations between businesses and university researchers in the UK. The overall objective is to help researchers to understand better…

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  • Cable announces partners in the Alan Turing Institute

    EPSRC 28 January 2015

    The five universities selected to lead the Alan Turing Institute were announced today by Rt. Hon. Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. The Institute will build on the UK’s existing academic strengths and help position the country as a world leader in the analysis and application of big data and…

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  • BAE Systems confirm record apprentice intake

    BAE Systems 26 January 2015

    BAE Systems in the UK have confirmed that they will hire 782 apprentices in 2015, the highest intake in the Company’s history. Confirmed at their UK Apprentice of the Year Awards this week, 2015’s intake surpasses the record set in the previous year and includes 45 places for apprentices who will eventually join companies in…

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  • Minister prepares the ground for new Robotics Centre at Culham

    BIS 23 January 2015

    The Rt. Hon. Greg Clark MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science and Cities, visited the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA’s) Culham Science Centre on Thursday 22 January to formally mark the start of the construction phase of a brand new robotics and remote handling centre – RACE. When fully operational by the end of…

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  • New government and industry investment in UK tunnelling and underground construction

    BIS 22 January 2015

    Skills Minister Nick Boles has announced £1.1 million of government funding to match £1.7 million of industry investment to help create a legacy of engineering jobs and skills from major projects including the Crossrail development. The project brings together industry leaders, including Crossrail-linked employers, working on major tunnelling and underground construction projects. It follows a…

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  • REF results show research funded by EPSRC has deep and long lasting impact

    EPSRC 19 January 2015

    The recently published results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) show that the impact of research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has been both deep and long lasting. Of the case studies covering engineering and physical sciences, 85 per cent of them involved EPSRC-supported researchers.  Minister for Universities, Science and…

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  • Companies across the UK join the push for sustainable shale

    Innovate UK 14 January 2015

    A new £2 million fund to ensure safety and sustainability are at the forefront of any drilling for shale gas and oil in the UK has been announced today. Following an intense competition 19 projects have been chosen, which will see companies test innovative ideas for shale gas and oil projects. These will explore at…

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  • Composite technology puts UK Tram on track

    Atkins 14 January 2015

    A consortium led by Atkins is exploring ways in which advanced composite materials developed for the aerospace sector can be applied to the tram industry to save millions of pounds. As part of its Low Impact Light Rail initiative – funded by Innovate UK – UK Tram has appointed a research team comprising specialists from…

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  • Engineering UK releases “The State of Engineering” report

    Engineering UK / BIS / UKCES 12 January 2015

    Engineering UK has launched its flagship report, “The State of Engineering” for 2015. Now in its 17th year, this annual report highlights the role of engineering in the UK and focuses on the skills gap and other challenges that lie ahead. This year’s report has two overriding messages: 1. Engineering makes a vital and valued…

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