Five key challenges aimed at maintaining and further strengthening the Royal Academy of Engineering’s role within the UK and overseas have been agreed by the organisation’s Council.

The Strategic plan for 2011-2015 is now available to download on the Academy’s website. It sets out the values, purpose, vision, role and challenges being addressed by the Academy, which celebrates its 35th year of leadership in engineering this month.

The Academy’s five key challenges are to:

  1. Drive faster and more balanced economic growth – increasing wealth and employment to rebalance the economy in favour of productive industry
  2. Foster better education and skills – creating a system of engineering education and training that satisfies the ambitions of young people while delivering the high calibre engineers and technicians that businesses need
  3. Lead the profession – harnessing the collective expertise, energy and capacity of the engineering profession to enhance the UK’s economic and social development
  4. Promote engineering at the heart of society – improving public understanding of engineering and increasing awareness of how engineering impacts on lives
  5. Build organisational capacity – ensuring the Academy has the Fellows, staff, partners, funding and influence to support ambitious plans

The purpose of the Academy in the next five years remains clear – to bring together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for the shared purpose of advancing and promoting excellence in engineering. It will continue to do this by providing analysis and policy support to promote the UK as a great place in which to do business. It will also lead on education and invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation.

The Academy’s Chief Executive Philip Greenish said: “This ambitious new strategic plan clearly states the Academy’s priority challenges between now and 2015. An organisation-wide business plan will set out what we must do to achieve those aims.”

The strategic plan covers four years until the end of the government’s current Comprehensive Spending Review in 2015.

To download a copy of the Strategic plan for 2011-2015, please visit Strategic Plan

Notes for editors

  1. The Royal Academy of Engineering

    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.

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