Responding to the latest Science Budget Allocations, Lord Broers, President of The Royal Academy of Engineering, said “The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes today’s announcement. It recognises that engineering is the creative force at the heart of the innovation process and reflects the Government’s commitment to its innovation agenda.”

He added that “The announcement will enable British engineering to deliver greatly enhanced outcomes for the health and wealth of the nation. And, for the Academy, it will enable us to pursue an ambitious programme that addresses today’s critical issues. These include inspiring and motivating young people into careers in engineering, building an even better bridge between industry and our universities, and getting more out of the country’s hugely successful science base.”

Academy Chief Executive, Philip Greenish, said that “Not only does today’s announcement underline the vital role of engineering; it is also an enormous vote of confidence by Government in the Academy, its Fellowship and its staff, and their belief in our ability to make a difference.”

Notes for editors

  1. The Academy programmes underpinned by today’s announcement are aimed at:
  • Supporting high quality British engineers and research teams from universities and industry
  • Connecting top quality people in universities with successful industries as well as with their international counterparts
  • Engaging with the public to help create a society that is at ease with embracing technological advance
  • Identifying emerging engineering topics and anticipating issues likely to be of public concern
  • Widening participation in engineering, especially among young women, ethnic minorities and young people from families with no previous experience of higher education
  • Inspiring the next generation of engineers
  1. The Science Budget allocations announced today cover the period 2005-06 to 2007-08, with the first year of the settlement having been agreed as part of the last spending review. The figures for the Academy are:

    2005-06 £5.850M (agreed at last spending review)
    2006-07 £7.885M (including £0.435M for the move to Full Economic Costing)
    2007-08 £9.752M (including £0.902M for the move to Full Economic Costing)

    For the Academy, these figures represent a 50 per cent increase in grant-in-aid for the Academy during the spending review period, once the FEC element is excluded.
  2. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering