The Royal Academy of Engineering – along with Engineering Council (UK) and a number of the leading professional engineering institutions – has launched today a Statement of Ethical Principles to which the Academy believes all professional engineers and related bodies should subscribe.

The statement is built around four fundamental principles: accuracy and veracity; honesty and integrity; respect for life, law and the public good; and responsible leadership: listening and informing.

In a related activity, the Academy and the Engineering Professors’ Council have produced a ‘curriculum map’ for the teaching of ethics in undergraduate courses.

The curriculum map along with the Statement of Ethical Principles is being launched at a conference today at the British Library. This conference represents the culmination of this work, which has involved a range of disciplines outside engineering, including medicine and philosophy.

“Engineers have a profound impact on the world in which we live. To ensure that this impact is always directed towards the public good, it is essential that we operate with a real commitment to honesty and integrity,” says Lord Broers FREng FRS, President of The Royal Academy of Engineering. “We can only be proud of our profession if we behave, and are seen to behave, ethically.”

Ethics Curriculum Map (97.77 KB)

Teaching of Ethics (47.49 KB)

Notes for editors

  1. 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.

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Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering