The Royal Academy of Engineering has welcomed the announcement by universities and science minister David Willetts of a £400m investment in teaching infrastructure and further education, with a focus on encouraging more women into studying STEM subjects.

Professor Matthew Harrison, Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering said:

“The Royal Academy of Engineering has been calling for deeper employer engagement in all phases of education in order to develop more and better engineers. We welcome every attempt to raise the number, quality and diversity of engineers. These announcements today are a valuable next step.”

The investment will consist of £200m to extend fee loans to part time students of engineering, technology, and computer science who already have a degree in a different discipline.

A further £200 million will be used to help universities build new teaching facilities for science and engineering.

The minister also announced a new government target to increase the number of undergraduate engineering degree students who are women from only 16 to 30 per cent by 2030.

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.

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