The Royal Academy of Engineering is to open up its prestigious student engineering–design poster competition to all UK Engineering Departments for the first time.

Previously, the competition has only been open to universities involved in its Visiting Professorship schemes.

Participating universities are required to hold their own internal competition, for which they can apply to The Academy for a £500.00 bursary. From their own heat, they then enter one or two posters into the National Final which will be held at Loughborough University in July during the 5th International Conference on Design and Manufacture for Sustainable Development.

A declaration of intent to run an internal competition should be communicated to the Academy by the 7th May with the final closing date for entries being July 4th 2007.

An overall winner for the best design poster will be awarded a £1500 cash prize.

Three other prizes of £500 will be awarded to the three entries judged to be the best examples of: Design for Sustainable Development, Integrated System Design, and Most Innovative Design.

Notes for editors

  1. Detailed rules can be supplied by David Foxley at The Royal Academy of Engineering.
  2. The Academy’s Visiting Professors in Principles of Engineering Design initiative was started in 1989 and is active in 46 UK universities. Admission to the scheme has been by competitive bidding upon an invitation from The Academy. Engineering design encompasses those activities which intelligently associate useful, economic, reliable and appropriate ideas with technology to define an engineering project, product, process or system to satisfy a market need. The good engineering designer is therefore a key link in the industrial environment. There has been a national failure over many years to recognise fully the importance of engineering design, which has in turn contributed to a serious loss of international competitiveness. Recognising the importance of rectifying this national weakness, The Royal Academy of Engineering considered carefully what initiatives it might take during the 1990s which would quickly address the heart of the problem. The Academy’s answer has taken the form of a scheme of Visiting Professors in Principles of Engineering Design. This enables distinguished, senior engineers in business to work with their academic colleagues to provide a bridge for undergraduates from education to industry. Their role is to demonstrate and transmit to students and staff that design is the integrating theme in all the engineering disciplines within the university.
  3. The Academy’s Visiting Professors in Engineering Design for Sustainable Development scheme was launched in 1998. Sustainable Development can be defined as, ‘development that meets the needs of the present generation, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. The Academy sees that the challenge for engineers is to provide engineering solutions that will achieve such an aim. The purpose of this scheme is to develop teaching materials, based on case studies, which will enhance both the understanding and the practice of teaching Sustainable Development. Convincing case studies can only be developed by leading edge industrial practitioners working as Visiting Professors in unison with experienced teachers, making this scheme a very close partnership between industry and academia.

For more information please contact

David Foxley at The Royal Academy of Engineering