The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes today's appointment of Greg Clark MP as Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, all key areas for the continued economic recovery of the UK.

Philip Greenish CBE FREng, Chief Executive of the Academy, says:

"We welcome our new Minister and look forward to working with him to champion the central role of engineering in decision making, right from the centre of government. Engineering underpins the drive for more balanced, sustainable economic growth that can only be achieved if we create an environment that allows innovation, entrepreneurship and manufacturing to flourish. 

"This government's adoption of a modern industrial strategy built upon growth sectors has been a key achievement, which is now being developed through closer links between university engineering research, the new Catapult centres and our industrial companies.

"It is critical that BIS continues to address the shortage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics graduates, and the enduring poor representation of women and ethnic minority groups in engineering fields."

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.

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Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
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