A new report published today by the Royal Academy of Engineering shows that fewer than half of engineering graduates go into professional engineering jobs. The research in 'Pathways to success in engineering degrees and careers' also shows that students who study engineering at post-1992 universities (former polytechnics) are just as likely to get professional engineering jobs as those from Russell Group and other pre-1992 universities. In some cases, post-1992 students are, in fact, more likely to take up good engineering jobs.


The report also shows the many different prior qualifications taken by students who go on to study engineering and highlights that students do go on to achieve good degrees in engineering, even if they did not do well in A levels in maths and physics.


The publication of the report coincides with the launch of a new project at the Royal Academy of Engineering, which is working with major UK engineering employers to target women, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and other under-represented students across a range of universities from which they would not usually recruit. The HE Engineering Engagement Programme is being delivered as part of the Academy's diversity programme.


Director of Engineering and Education Dr Rhys Morgan says “Part of the issue with engineering graduates not choosing to go into engineering is because of a lack of visibility of employers on campus, while at the same time a range of other businesses from finance, retail and many other sectors will be providing attractive offers. We need to work harder to show engineering students the exciting career opportunities on offer to them if they take up careers in the subject they chose”.


Report: Pathways to success in engineering degrees and careers (3.80 MB)


Notes for editors:


Pathways to Success in Engineering Degrees and Careers

The report was written for the Royal Academy of Engineering by Dr Tim Bullough and Dr Diane Taktak from the University of Liverpool. The report can be found at www.raengorg.uk/pathways-to-success


Engineering Engagement Programme

Employers on the new HE Engineering engagement programme include CH2M, Renishaw, Metaswitch Networks, Amey, Selex ES, Arup, BAE Systems, AECOM, Capita, Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Atkins.


Academy Diversity Programme

Since 2011, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society have been funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to run a 5-year programme of work to increase diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce. The Diversity Programme brief is to lead the ‘mainstreaming’ of diversity in all its aspects arcoss the engineering profession.

The Academy works with the Royal Society across a number of areas of overlap, including data gathering, pilot activities, showcasing role models and events. The programme has established productive links with key stakeholders, particularly professional engineering institutions (PEIs) and engineering employers. The other focus of the programme continues to be proactively collaborating with partner organisations and to deliver activities and research that supplement the existing literature, good practice and available evidence on diversity and inclusion.

For more information, please visit http://www.raeng.org.uk/policy/diversity-in-engineering


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: Drive faster and more balanced economic growth; foster better education and skills; lead the profession; promote engineering at the heart of society.


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Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering

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