I recently came across an article featured in the Guardian online, eight ways to encourage more students to study engineering, which proved to be a rather interesting read.
The article outlines potential solutions to the engineering skills shortage faced in the UK and the rest of the world. And I have to say that I agree with their suggestions – put together by academic and policy experts.
However, I have to commend the chemical engineering community for already having taken action to increase student numbers. For example, in the UK student numbers have been increasing year on year. In fact, over the last five years there has been a 97 per cent increase in the numbers of students starting a chemical engineering degree course – that’s nearly double!
But we still need to do more to bridge this skills gap.
Continue reading How can we encourage more students to study chemical engineering? (Day 257)
Welcome to Day 150 of my IChemE presidency.
A thought-provoking report was published yesterday by the Royal Academy of Engineering called The Universe of Engineering – a call to action.
The report is a joint effort by the professional engineering institutions (PEIs), which represent the 450,000 professional engineers in the UK.
The views of chemical engineers were represented on the steering group by my presidential predecessor, Judith Hackitt CBE.
On word, in particular, in the report caught my attention – ‘adapt’.
Dame Sue Ion DBE, chair of the working group that produced the report, said: “As engineers underpin an increasing number of different parts of the economy and society, the engineering community and professional engineering institutions must adapt to represent and support those in both traditional and non-traditional engineering roles.
“The engineering profession now has a critical opportunity to identify and put into place a framework for the new model of engineering, with its increasing inter-disciplinarity and pervasive reach.”
Continue reading A profession under pressure? (Day 150)