The Academy today welcomed the announcement that its President, Lord Browne of Madingley, is to lead the review of UK higher education funding and student finance. Lord Broers, Past President of the Academy and a former Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University, said: “Lord Browne brings his formidable intellectual rigour as well as his experience of international engineering and business at the highest level. As President of The Royal Academy of Engineering, he has a deep and wide understanding of higher education, both in the UK and globally. His involvement with our national art and museum collections means that he knows the importance of culture and the arts.”

Chief Executive Officer Philip Greenish said: “Lord Browne will bring an independent view and an engineer’s skills in analysis and synthesis to a task that has such important implications for the UK’s future. The Academy is looking forward to supporting and working with our President in his new role.”

Notes for editors

  1. Lord Browne of Madingley FREng FRS was elected President of the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2006 for a five-year term running until July 2011.
  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.

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