IMechE Celebrates 175 years

The IMechE held its first official meeting on 27th January 1847 at the Queen’s Hotel in Birmingham. Move forward exactly 175 years and Sir Patrick Vallance gave a virtual guest lecture “Harnessing the Power of Engineering to Solve Global Challenges” which launched the 175th Anniversary. His lecture can be viewed on Youtube
From their modest beginnings in 1847, when George Stephenson was President, the IMechE has grown to an Institution with 115000 members who are based in three-quarters of the countries of the world.
More information about the history of the Institution and engineering here

£13 million East Midlands Institute of Technology plan gets government green light

Plans backed by Derby College group and the University of Derby to create a new £13 million East Midlands Institute of Technology (IoT) have been given the go-ahead by the Government.

Last year, the college and the university revealed it had partnered with Loughborough College and Loughborough University to submit a bid for the IoT, which will create the highly advanced workforce needed to lead the digital revolution.
Read more here.
Source: Marketing Derby

The Green Industrial Revolution

The UK Prime Minister, in November 2020, set out his ambitious ten point plan for a green industrial revolution which will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs.
Covering clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies, the Prime Minister’s blueprint will allow the UK to forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050, particularly crucial in the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in 2021.
The plan – which is part of the PM’s mission to level up across the country – will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030.
At the centre of his blueprint are the UK’s industrial heartlands, including in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, East / West Midlands, Scotland and Wales, which will drive forward the green industrial revolution and build green jobs and industries of the future.
The Prime Minister’s ten points, which are built around the UK’s strengths, are:
Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
Hydrogen: Working with industry aiming to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industry, transport, power and homes, and aiming to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source, across large scale nuclear and developing the next generation of small and advanced reactors, which could support 10,000 jobs.
Electric vehicles: Backing our world-leading car manufacturing bases including in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles.
Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.
Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
Homes and public buildings: Making our homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, whilst creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
Carbon capture: Becoming a world-leader in technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today.
Nature: Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.

A booklet outlining this initiative is available by clicking the link below:

Go Ahead for East Midlands “Freeport” Announced

News that the East Midlands Freeport has been approved has been hailed as a sign of what Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire can do when they work together.

The freeport – one of eight announced in Rishi Sunak’s Spring Budget – takes in three sites: East Midlands Airport and the industrial sites around it; Ratcliffe on Soar power station, which is due to close in 2025; and the 5.2 million sq ft East Midlands Intermodal Park near the Toyota plant in Derbyshire.

The airport is second to only Heathrow in the UK when it comes to handling cargo, while the 700 acre Segro logistics park next door is already partially filled, with its own rail interchange and easy access to the M1.

Meanwhile, plans to replace the power station at Ratcliffe on Soar, with a zero-carbon technology and energy hub, now include a bid for the world’s first nuclear fusion power station.

And the intermodal park near Toyota will have its own rail freight Interchange and could eventually provide space for up to 6,000 new jobs.

Read the full article by clicking the Hyperlink below:

Budget 2021: Go-ahead for East Midlands Freeport a ‘game-changer’ in post-Covid recovery – Business Live (

Previous News:

February 2020
We are pleased to launch our new website. Our previous site suffered a catastrophic attack and resulted in us having no internet presence for a considerable amount of time. The regional committee decided this was unacceptable and we embarked on a project with JT Communications of Nottingham. The result is a new website with secure servers.

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16th March 2020
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, a decision has been made today to postpone both the Chairmen’s Meeting and Prestige Lecture in May and October respectively. We apologise for any disappointment, but the ever changing nature of this emergency has left us with no option. Rearranged dates will be announced when this unprecedented crisis has abated.

23rd March 2020
Message from Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering

Dear Colleagues
It has become increasingly evident that the COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented global challenge, impacting profoundly on daily life and the economy around the world.

Engineers can help us tackle this challenge, and I wanted to make you aware of an initiative we are putting together at the Academy, and to invite you to participate.

We are asking Fellows and partners to use their engineering expertise and UK and global networks to help identify solutions, organisations and contacts that could help governments solve problems and assist the public health response.

You will be aware of the immediate need concerning ventilator manufacture, but we want to encourage innovation and ideas across the priority areas of healthcare systems, critical infrastructure, business management and the supply chain.

We have set up dedicated pages on our website, where you will be able to:

1. Respond to active calls
2. Help us crowdsource solutions and identify resources
3. Find out about funding opportunities

For details, follow this link:,BDI3,P1AU7,18YA3,1

A call has gone out from the NHS to Engineering and Science Professionals to assist with the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is how some of our organisations are responding:

The IED intend to lead a project that enables engineers to collaborate on problems sent directly from the NHS or from other care providers across the globe. This could be something as simple as a device to enable a frail person to accept a food parcel, or as complex as a mass-produced ventilator. Follow the link for more information

This from the IET:
Do you have any innovative or practical ideas on how the engineering community can address the current crisis? Past President, Jeremy Watson, is calling for engineers to share their ideas through an online discussion thread. Join here.

Information from the Institution of Civil Engineers:

ICE is calling on its members to engage with employers, local schools and technical colleges to support the 3D printing of facial masks to supply to frontline medical staff.

Construction companies are providing more than one million items of PPE items to the NHS for the fight against Covid-19 – A lesson in collaberation. Read more here

Application of the Building Regulations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – Guidance for Building Control Bodies operating in England (Other documents have been issued for Wales and Scotland)

More information regarding the role of engineers and scientists during this pandemic from the Royal Academy of Engineers :