Engineering, physics, chemistry and mathematics departments in England and Wales are set to receive additional support with this week’s announcement of £21 million additional funding from the Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales.

The National HE STEM Programme, coordinated by the University of Birmingham with support from:

  • The Royal Academy of Engineering,
  • the Institute of Physics,
  • the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • and a number of professional mathematics organisations

aims to increase the number of students studying for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees.

The National STEM Programme builds on the knowledge developed in four pilot projects, including the London Engineering Project led by The Royal Academy of Engineering.

“Engineering careers offer people exceptional social mobility” says Professor Matthew Harrison, Director of Education Programmes at the Royal Academy of Engineering. “The many partners involved in the London Engineering Project have developed tried and tested ways of widening participation in engineering higher education. I’m delighted that the fruits of that work are being rolled out on a national scale through the National HE STEM Programme.”

Notes for editors

  1. 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.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering

Tel. 020 7766 0636