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Review nuclear approval process to cut costs and speed up development

Review nuclear approval process to cut costs and speed up development
A report has been released which suggests the Government should review nuclear approval process to cut costs and speed development, it also calls for greater support from the Government in nuclear skills. The Government should implement an independent review of the Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process, necessary for the approval of any nuclear reactor in the UK, to ensure that costs are not unnecessarily added and to enable the faster approval of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), according to the report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
5th January 2018

Without integrating engineering into curriculum the economy suffers

Without integrating engineering into curriculum the economy suffers
It is common knowledge that the UK is in the middle of an engineering skills crisis, but the Government are now worried that this will deepen without a fundamental change in the way we educate children about the 'made world'. School students have little exposure or understanding of engineering which is leading most to choose subjects which effectively rule out this career path early on in their schooling, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
18th December 2017

The economy will suffer without engineering in the curriculum

The economy will suffer without engineering in the curriculum
A new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, has warned that school students have little exposure or understanding of engineering which is leading most to choose subjects which effectively rule out this career path early on in their schooling.
20th November 2017


Public backs carbon capture coal power stations

Public backs carbon capture coal power stations
According to a new survey by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a large proportion (50%) of the public would back the construction of new coal and gas fired power stations if there was an ability to capture and store any emissions produced. The survey, which looks at public views on UK electricity generation, found that the public also seem to prioritise security of supply and climate change over price.
4th October 2017

Investment into Bristol-based ultrasonic sensor company

Investment into Bristol-based ultrasonic sensor company
A new investment has been completed by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers through its £2m Stephenson Fund, into Bristol-based company Inductosense. Inductosense, a spin-out of Bristol University, is developing novel ultrasonic sensors for monitoring corrosion, cracks or defects. The technology is known as the WAND - Wireless And Non-Destructive system and it works by bringing a measurement probe near to a compact, battery-free sensor installed on a structure.
4th September 2017

The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017 – who’s on the shortlist?

The Manufacturer MX Awards 2017 – who’s on the shortlist?
A record number of UK manufacturers have been shortlisted for The Manufacturer MX Awards. Thirty-three percent of the 2017 shortlisted companies are new finalists, and overall, entries are up more than 25% compared with 2016, with some categories witnessing increases of 40-70%.
21st August 2017

Safety critical to Hyperloop One future say engineers

Safety critical to Hyperloop One future say engineers
Hyperloop One, the vacuum-tube linear motor propelled transport system, has achieved a successful test of all its sub-systems in a simplified test in Nevada. Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said in response to test that safety systems are critical to technology ever being viable: “This completion of this first trial from Hyperloop One must be very exciting for the team working on the project.
14th July 2017

What does the Queen's speech mean for industry?

What does the Queen's speech mean for industry?
In response to the Queen’s speech 2017, Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers commented: “It's reassuring that Government is committed to deliver plans for an Industrial Strategy, technical education, the next phase of High Speed Rail and support the UK’s automotive sector.”
14th July 2017

Graduate engineers triumph at Railway Challenge

A team of nine graduate engineers from SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit, Derby, has retained the award of Overall Winner at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Railway Challenge 2017 at the Stapleford Miniature Railway near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. The competition saw 11 teams compete against each other to design and manufacture the best, most innovative, efficient and quietest small-scale locomotive.
5th July 2017

Rail engineer appointed as 132nd President

Rail engineer appointed as 132nd President
The 132nd President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has been announced as Carolyn Griffiths CEng FIMechE FREng from Burgess Hill, West Sussex. Carolyn commented on her appointment: “I am honoured to have been elected by the membership to become the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.”
31st May 2017

RGU Engineering students win IMechE Award

RGU Engineering students win IMechE Award
  A group project award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has been won by five engineering students from Robert Gordon University (RGU). The students were then given the opportunity to present research at an international conference in Berlin.
2nd May 2017

Schools and industry need to come together to deliver the skills

Schools and industry need to come together to deliver the skills
Boosting links between schools and industry, the UK is keen to deliver sufficient people with the right skills as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The Apprenticeships in the education and skills landscape of England report said the Industrial Strategy needs to take a sectoral and regional approach, including engagement between local employers and education providers, to ensure that industries have the skilled people they need entering the workforce.
6th April 2017

Being a successful engineer shouldn't be based on gender

Being a successful engineer shouldn't be based on gender
It's no secret that there are far more men in engineering than women; however that does not mean that men are more successful. Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is evidence of this. From a young age, the word engineering was always a buzzword in Philippa’s household, as both her great-grandfather and grandfather, who she unfortunately never got to meet, were both engineers, so her parents knew the industry well and this was a huge impact on Oldham. 
14th February 2017

Being a successful engineer shouldn't be based on gender

Being a successful engineer shouldn't be based on gender
It's no secret that there are far more men in engineering than women; however that does not mean that men are more successful. Philippa Oldham, Head of Transport and Manufacturing at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is evidence of this. From a young age, the word engineering was always a buzzword in Philippa’s household, as both her great-grandfather and grandfather, who she unfortunately never got to meet, were both engineers, so her parents knew the industry well and this was a huge impact on Oldham. 
7th February 2017

What effect will the industrial strategy have on engineering?

What effect will the industrial strategy have on engineering?
  In response to the Government’s launch of an industrial strategy, Dr Colin Brown, Director of Engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers made the following statement.
23rd January 2017

Design challenge conquered by Middlesex students

A team of Engineering students from Middlesex University have beaten other undergraduate teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Design Challenge. The Design Challenge Competition gives undergraduates a taste of the ‘real world’ of engineering by setting them a challenge to design and create a device to a strict technical specification.
10th October 2016

Developing engineers programme launched

Developing engineers programme launched
Combining tools, guidance and support, a structured online resource has been launched by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers to help members achieve professional registration. The Developing Engineers Programme (DEP) has been specifically designed for Associate Members who have recently graduated from university.
16th September 2016

Engineering association deliver programme at Advanced Engineering

Engineering association deliver programme at Advanced Engineering
The programme for the paid-for technical conferences by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has been announced taking place at Advanced Engineering 2016, the UK’s largest annual engineering trade show. Running live on the show floor on 2nd-3rd November at Birmingham’s NEC the two, one-day conferences, will focus on the aerospace and automotive sectors.
16th September 2016

Loughborough University wins UAS Challenge 2016

Loughborough University wins UAS Challenge 2016
  Engineering students from Loughborough have beaten other undergraduate teams to be crowned overall winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Challenge.
8th July 2016

Engineers respond to Bloodhound SSC plans

The President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Jon Hilton, said in response to Bloodhound SuperSonic Car (SSC) announcing plans for a record attempt in October 2017:
5th July 2016


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