Responding to the publication of the government's white paper Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice, Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

"The Academy welcomes that the Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations has been instrumental in shaping the government’s plans for the future of UK innovation, and that such collaborations will be one of the priorities for the new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) body. We are also pleased that consideration has been made of the need for an agile research and innovation system that invests strategically in areas of future growth.

“It remains to be seen what impact the establishment of UKRI will have on the UK innovation landscape and engineering innovation in particular, but we are pleased that Innovate UK’s distinctive focus and funding stream will be protected and that, as part of UKRI, it will continue to work closely with business to drive economic growth and commercial impact. Innovate UK has a broad base of support within the engineering sector, so it will be important that the integration of Innovate UK into UKRI does not slow this momentum.

“The Academy has also been working to develop appropriate measures that could be used for the Teaching Excellence Framework. We have developed a new template for measuring teaching excellence that can be applied across all disciplines. It is currently being trialled with a wide range of high-ranking universities from across the world and a final version will be published in the autumn.”


Notes for editors

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:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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