• EPSRC rail consortium shows how to cut costs and reduce delays

    EPSRC 28 July 2015

    Practical measures to aid landslip prevention and enhance track stability are among the improvements pinpointed by recent research that will mean rail passengers face fewer speed restrictions, delays and cancellations in future – and will help the UK rail industry achieve multi-million-pound savings. A whole range of potential improvements to how railway track is designed,…

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  • Airbus to build JUICE spacecraft, ESA’s next life-tracker inside the Solar System

    Airbus 20 July 2015

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, as the prime contractor to develop and build the JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) spacecraft. JUICE is the first large mission of the ESA Cosmic Vision programme, with a launch date in 2022. “JUICE will address the question:…

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  • Engineering graduate helps save £45M

    BAE Systems 20 July 2015

    A graduate at BAE Systems has developed an advanced new masking tape which will significantly reduce time and deliver cost savings of an estimated £45 million over the next two decades. The clever solution addresses a common problem of adhesive residue being left on engine parts when traditional heavy aluminium tape is peeled away, which…

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    BF-04 Flight 298. First Ski Jump on 19 June 2015 with Mr. Peter Wilson as the pilot.
  • Powering a new generation of energy systems: Artemis Intelligent Power wins the UK’s premier engineering prize

    RAEng 17 July 2015

    “Artemis has achieved a technical advance of global importance, making significant power delivery from offshore wind considerably more credible and realisable, and facilitating the global goal of reducing CO2 emissions. This is not simply evolutionary improvement but a complete step change.” Dr Dame Sue Ion DBE FREng, Chair of the MacRobert Award judging panel HRH…

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  • UK’s Digital Economy research boosted by £23 million investment

    EPSRC 13 July 2015

    As part of the Government’s Summer Budget, the Chancellor, George Osborne, confirmed funding for six new multidisciplinary research centres – worth a total of £45 million with partner contributions – that will drive forward the UK’s Digital Economy research, knowledge and skills. Designed to help create and deliver real-world impact, the £23 million investment will…

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  • Atkins win the Royal Academy of Engineering Major Project Award

    Atkins 10 July 2015

    A team from Atkins has been awarded this year’s Royal Academy of Engineering Major Project Award, given in recognition of a major engineering project with a substantial impact on society. Atkins has received the award for its part in the delivery of high speed broadband internet infrastructure to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, providing…

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  • BAE Systems announces plans to recruit 2,000 new apprentices

    BAE Systems / HM Treasury 10 July 2015

    In a significant boost to the Chancellor’s Summer Budget announcement on apprenticeships yesterday (8 July 2015), BAE Systems, the UK’s largest defence firm, announced plans to recruit 2,000 new apprentices. The decision comes just a day after the Chancellor announced a major shake up to how Britain’s biggest companies can help deliver millions of apprenticeships,…

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  • UK vision: research in space environments and human spaceflight

    UKSA 7 July 2015

    The UK Space Agency has published its National Strategy for Space Environments and Human Spaceflight. The strategy is published ahead of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s maiden voyage, expected in December 2015. This covers a range of scientific and technical disciplines, giving a coherent picture for activities which use the space environment – from fundamental…

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  • Dowling Review: Break down barriers to university-business collaboration to benefit UK economy

    BIS 2 July 2015

    Government needs to simplify the plethora of schemes aiming to facilitate business-industry research collaboration across all disciplines, according to a new review published today by Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In her report, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and compiled after…

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    Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Head of the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, on January 17, 2014 in Cambridge, United Kingdom.

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  • Pioneering innovators to receive Academy Silver Medals

    RAEng 1 July 2015

    Three of the UK’s most talented engineers are to receive the Royal Academy of Engineering’s coveted Silver Medal for remarkable technical achievements in their fields, coupled with commercial success. They are the inventor of 3D printed surgical instruments, an indoor location-tracking technology pioneer, and the creator of the F# computer programming language. For over two…

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