Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, says:

“I very much welcome the Chancellor’s announcements on research and innovation in today’s Budget. Investing in research and development, notably through the new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, will help enable effective collaboration between industry and academia to create significant competitive advantage from the UK’s world-leading research in many areas of engineering and science, from artificial intelligence and robots to batteries for electric cars and novel medicines.

“I am also pleased to see the government’s emphasis on empowering the UK workforce with appropriate skills for the industries of the future. The new funding and consolidation of further education qualifications and apprenticeships is much needed, as is enhanced provision for PhD places and research posts in technical subjects. Engineering skills are absolutely key to the success of the industrial strategy – and it is well known that the engineering profession is short of the highly qualified people it needs at all levels.

“Improving productivity across the country is vital, and I am glad to hear of measures from the National Productivity Investment Fund to enhance digital infrastructure and tackle traffic congestion. Engineering currently underpins at least 20% of UK gross value added, and the changes announced today will help us to grow that contribution.”

Notes for Editors

  • 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:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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