Saturday 11 June marks the 40th anniversary of the first meeting of the Fellowship of Engineering.  In 1976, our Senior Fellow, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, invited 130 leading engineers to Buckingham Palace, where the Academy’s journey began.

Watch our video to find out more about the Academy’s first 40 years:

40 Years of the Academy

Today the Academy has grown to over 1,500 Fellows in the UK and overseas who contribute 12,000 hours pro bono for the national good. In its 40th year, the Academy has:

  • Provided valued support for research, innovation and enterprise, including collaborating with 30 countries on over 100 international projects
  • Created a network of support and partnership that has tripled the value of its government grant
  • Directly supported teachers in 500 schools, bringing engineering inspiration into the classroom
  • Engaged the public with engineering, putting engineering into the media 3,000 times and attracting an audience of 4,000 people to a programme of events

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Academy, says: “The Fellowship of Engineering has grown into a thriving national academy with broad global outreach. Our Fellows embody the best of engineering across academia, industry, policy making and many other key roles in society and the economy. I am immensely proud of the contribution that our Fellows make by shaping, leading and delivering the Royal Academy of Engineering’s many programmes and areas of work. My thanks go to our staff, our supporters and our wide range of partners, and I look forward to working together to achieve our ambitious goals for the next 40 years.”

Notes for editors

  1. 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:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0636
Jane Sutton