The Royal Academy of Engineering’s new fundraising campaign, making things better, has made a flying start with gifts of £5.5 million already announced in its first few days from donors including Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, and some highly regarded global engineering companies including BAE Systems plc, BP plc, National Grid, Petrofac Services Ltd and Shell International Ltd.

The campaign aims to raise £16.5 million to create a national forum for engineering in the Academy’s Carlton House Terrace building and to attract more young people into engineering roles.

The campaign has attracted national media coverage, including:

Socially useful
Financial Times - Mar 6 2010
Putting together their formidable forces, BAE Systems chairman Dick Olver, Anglo American chairman Sir John Parker and ex-BP chief Lord Browne - enjoying a second print run of his biography - cranked into gear for the Royal Academy of Engineering…

BAE boss Dick Olver unrepentant over 'engineer' row with gas fitters Roland Gribben- ‎Mar 4, 2010‎
The Royal Academy of Engineering (founder and senior fellow Prince Philip) wants to attract more young people 'from a diverse range of...

Engineers can make things better
Times Online- John Parker- ‎Mar 4, 2010‎
The Royal Academy of Engineering's making things better campaign will look to increase the relationship between engineering and our society...

Campaign Chair Sir John Parker FREng says “We are now within sight of achieving one third of our campaign target and I have been immensely heartened by the generosity of donations from companies, trusts and individuals. I’m really encouraged, not just by all that is being achieved but also by our ambition to do more. By working closely with partners, we are making our funds, and our know-how, go further and we are making things better for society and for many young people directly.”

Notes for editors

  1. For more information on the campaign see
  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.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tel. 020 7766 0636; email: Jane Sutton