Saturday, 25 October 2014


A partial solution to the pressing engineering skills problem

24 Oct 2014 | By Stephen Harris

TRS, the industry’s latest attempt to tackle the skills shortage, glosses over the nuances of the issue - but any action is welcome. 

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Keeping our cool about compact fusion

17 Oct 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Easy though it is to get carried away by the promise of the compact fusion reactor that Lockheed Martin says it is working on, there’s still a great deal we don’t know, so we have to remain cautious.

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Last week's poll: Competitions and education Video

14 Oct 2014

Boeing is sponsoring the latest in a series of ‘build-a-plane challenges’, where schools build a light aircraft from a kit which students later fly in as passengers. Is this a good model for attracting students to STEM careers and giving them a taste of what day-today life is like for engineers?

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Engineering immigration shoots up to meet infrastructure demand

13 Oct 2014 | By Jason Ford

Despite a focus on training, the UK is ramping up the number of non-EU engineers it recruits in a desperate attempt to plug the skills gap, according to a new report.

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We need more than holograms to bring us together

10 Oct 2014 | By Stephen Harris

Super-super-fast internet could enable a whole new set of communication technologies but nothing beats human interaction

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Last week's poll: Immigration

7 Oct 2014

Nobel Prize winner John O’Keefe believes the UK should loosen immigration regulations to ensure that we are able to attract the best talent. Do you agree?

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Two-wheeled pioneers sought for bike constructors' challenge

6 Oct 2014 | By Jason Ford

Bicycle design has always been a test of combining ingenuity with simplicity, and a new event aims to push the envelope of bespoke bike invention

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David Cameron Holds His Monthly Press Conference

Eight months to go and election debate is avoiding engineering

3 Oct 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Certain subjects were conspicuously missing from party leaders’ speeches in the current conference season: and they are ones which are of interest to the engineering and manufacturing sectors

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Government allowance aims to boost high temperature oil and gas

29 Sep 2014 | By Jason Ford

High pressure, high temperature oil and gas allowance could help reverse a decline in North Sea hydrocarbon exploration

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The myth of engineering low pay

26 Sep 2014 | By Stephen Harris

Engineering graduates dominate the top ten list of highest-paid degree holders. But that’s not the whole story.

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Should we leave fossil fuels in the ground to limit climate change?

22 Sep 2014 | By Jason Ford

A carbon research organisation claims that more than half of existing fossil fuel reserves should be left where they are to reduce the chance of global average temperatures increasing by more than 2 per cent, while fracking is under discussion in Manchester this week.

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EEF chief warns of political and economic disaster if Scotland votes "Yes"

15 Sep 2014 | By Jon Excell

The Scottish chief executive of UK manufacturers’ association EEF claims that independence could turn Scotland into an economic wasteland.

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Boris and the Vacuum Cleaner

21 Oct 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Manufacturers need to take the lead in persuading consumers to put efficiency before power writes our anonymous blogger

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A cheer for 'The Year of the Engineer'

6 Oct 2014

The chief executive of EngineeringUK was encouraged by some of the messages coming out of the recent Conservative Party conference

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Low Carbon Vehicles come of age

2 Oct 2014

The chief executive of InnovateUK explains the progress made in low-carbon vehicles

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Two carriers take shape at Rosyth Video

1 Oct 2014

David Downs, Engineering Director of the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, highlights the progress being made on the UK’s two new aircraft carriers.

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Giving engineers a voice in government

22 Sep 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger calls on Britain’s engineers to engage in the political process

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Head start from blurred lines

15 Sep 2014 | By Iain Gray

The CEO of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, argues that blurring the lines between early stage research and commercialisation can give the UK a global head start in emerging technologies

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Tomorrow's engineers today

11 Sep 2014 | By Paul Jackson

Specialist teachers and expert advice are vital to help young people realise their potential if they want to go into engineering, says the chief executive of EngineeringUK

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The mechanisation of war

11 Aug 2014 | By The Secret Engineer

Our anonymous blogger reflects on the role played by engineers in the First World War

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Prince of Wales gets behind engineering education

11 Aug 2014 | By Paul Jackson

The Chief Executive of EngineeringUK explains how Prince Charles is lending his weight to engineering education

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The robot innovation challenge

8 Aug 2014 | By Iain Gray

The chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board explains how the UK is supporting R&D in the field of robotics and autonomous systems

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Integration makes the difference

5 Aug 2014

New guest blogger Dave Wykes explains the engineering problems behind developing electric vehicles, and how MIRA has approached them to develop a proposal for a hybrid urban commercial vehicle

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