The Royal Academy of Engineering has today welcomed publication of the government’s Science and Innovation Strategy as a step in the right direction towards providing a clear and long-term framework for research and innovation in the UK.

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Academy President Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS commented on the announcement: “Research is an essential part of the innovation process, which fuels economic growth and improves our quality of life. The Science & Innovation Strategy shows that government recognises this and understands the importance of long-term thinking to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of research and innovation.

“The UK has world-class universities, an extraordinary history of invention and innovation and many outstanding science- and engineering-based companies. In this increasingly competitive international environment, government has a crucial role to play in creating a policy environment that gives industry and others the confidence to invest and enables the UK to attract and retain the most talented researchers and innovators. I am delighted to have been invited to advise on how better to support this environment through stronger strategic partnerships between business and the research community.

“We need to build strong connections between the Science & Innovation Strategy and the Industrial Strategy. This will also require investment and initiatives to tackle the engineering skills crisis, such as the engineering conversion courses highlighted in today’s strategy.

“With a Fellowship drawn from both industry and academia, the Royal Academy of Engineering is in a unique position to support policy development and delivery in this area and will continue to work with government to maximise the contribution that engineering makes to the nation’s wealth and well-being.”

Notes for Editors

  1. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK's national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK's role as a great place to do business.

    We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK's world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.

For more information please contact:

Giorgio De Faveri at The Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
E: Giorgio De Faveri

 

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