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We use our research to promote the vital contribution that engineering and technology makes to society. Every year our research team analyse data, break down the facts and present them in our flagship publication, Engineering UK: the state of engineering.

It’s a detailed statistical analysis of essential information about the engineering industry and its place in the UK economy. We use our figures to support and advise the engineering community, government and the media, who know our report is accurate, up-to-date, relevant and dependable.

The report tells us about the size of the engineering and manufacturing industries. It shows how the UK, its businesses and engineers are keeping up with a modern economy that needs innovation in all sorts of industries, from superfast broadband to low-carbon technology and the space industry. It has figures for apprenticeships, graduate destinations, employment figures and salaries. It includes the number of students taking STEM subjects and much more. It’s a dissection and snapshot of the industry from top to bottom. We also use it to monitor our progress, evaluate assumptions and identify what we, and the engineering community, need to do.

The heart of the matter

EngineeringUK strives to ensure that The Big Bang and Tomorrow’s Engineers programmes, and all our activities, are as effective and well-targeted as possible whilst also being enjoyable.

To achieve this, all our work is underpinned by research and evaluation. This has shown that The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair and all our Big Bang Near Me events were well enjoyed by young people with over nine in 10 11-16 year-olds rating the events as enjoyable.

Feedback from The Big Bang Fair 2013 showed that, in addition to being a highly enjoyed event, nearly all 11-14 year-olds agreed they learned a lot by visiting The Fair and were significantly more likely to regard careers in science and engineering as appealing.

The increased appeal of science and engineering jobs was especially evident among girls. Before The Fair only 63% girls said science was appealing while 31% said engineering was appealing. After The Fair this increased to 83% and 53% respectively.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers programme has also had a positive a positive effect on young people’s perceptions of science and engineering careers. Nearly half of all secondary school pupils who took part in the programme thought a career in engineering was desirable.

Additionally, teachers who participated in Tomorrow’s Engineers activities were much more likely to say that a career in engineering was desirable (84% compared to 56% of teachers interviewed as part of the national Brand Monitor).

Research and briefing papers

Throughout the year EngineeringUK produces a range of briefing papers on key policy issues surrounding science, technology, engineering and maths. You can access these below.

Aug 2013 The Big Bang 2013 Impact Report

This executive summary highlights the key findings relating to the impact of The Big Bang Fair 2014

Read the summary here

Aug 2013 Engineers and Engineering Brand Monitor 2013

This executive summary shows the key findings from EngineeringUK’s annual brand monitor survey

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Jun 2013 Estimating the capacity of UK engineering departments

EngineeringUK identified that in order to meet the future UK demand for engineers with Level 4+ skills, the UK needs to roughly double its output of students with Level 4+ qualifications via universities and colleges of further education. This survey in conjunction with the Engineering Professors Council (EPC) estimates the time period that various HEIs could accommodate a doubling of their intake of undergraduate (and separately) postgraduate engineering students.

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Nov 2012 Parents views on work experience and careers advice

This summary presents the key findings of the two separate Omnibus surveys aimed at parents of 11-23 year olds on the value of formal work experience and careers advice.

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Nov 2012 Analysis of HESA’s longitudinal data

HESA’s longitudinal 2010 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey allows the examination of the employability and careers of engineering graduates three and a half years after graduation.

Read the executive summary here

Sep 2012 Embedding learning materials from The Big Bang Fair into lessons

This summary provides an insight to how STEM teachers use and embed learning materials and information from The Big Bang Fair back in the classroom.

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Aug 2012 The 2012 Engineers and Engineering Brand Monitor

Annually EngineeringUK undertakes research to measure the perceptions of engineers and engineering in order to inform our own and partner programmes and gauge if progress is being made in this key area. Our research is conducted across five key audience groups: The general public 17-19,the general public 20+, Educators, School children aged 7-11 and School children aged 12-16.

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May 2012 Executive Summary - evaluation of The Big Bang Fair visitor experience

This executive summary explores visitor expectations, prior to the event and their experiences at The Big Bang Fair 2012. It also looks at the impact of the Fair on their perceptions of STEM.

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Mar 2012 Engineering Graduates in China and India

Coverage of the scale of engineering graduates coming out of China and India has been a cause for concern for some in western countries who fear that they are losing their technological edge due to the millions of globally competitive Chinese and Indian engineering graduates qualifying each year. This research was undertaken to establish the reality of this situation.

Read the summary of key findings here

Aug 2011 STEM teachers careers information survey

This research was undertaken to find out where teachers seek out information about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers; and what sources they recommend to young people seeking information about STEM careers. The research looked specifically at the types of sources teachers prefer as well as the trusted resources and websites they already use.

Read the summary of key findings here

Jul 2011 Student subject decision making aged 14 and 16

This research report examines students subject decision making process aged 14 and 16 which are key decision points.

Read the research report here

Apr 2011 International Gender research

This report investigates why the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU and makes three key recommendations which we believe if enacted will help, over time, redress the STEM gender imbalance within the UK. This research stemmed from earlier findings related to women in engineering that were reported in our Engineering UK 2011 the state of engineering report.

Read the executive summary here

Jun 2010 Climate Change Omnibus Survey

This Omnibus survey was commissioned during June 2010 by EngineeringUK and undertaken by ICM Research in order to provide a UK representative insight into public perceptions on Climate Change.

Read the report here

May 2010 Women in Engineering and Technology

This briefing paper examines the gender imbalance in engineering in order to establish a baseline for future comparisons, identify any serious issues and make recommendations for future activities.

Read the full paper here

Mar 2010 The Apprenticeship Renaissance

This briefing paper provides an analysis of the current state of Apprenticeship training. Whilst this paper concentrates its analysis1 and recommendations on engineering and technology only, it is expected that many recommendations will be applicable to other framework areas.

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Dec 2009 Where do Engineering Graduates Go?

This briefing paper provides EngineeringUK’s annual review of Engineering and Technology Graduate Destinations. Encompassing Graduate application numbers, graduations and destinations this addresses the perennial engineering community question of Where do Engineering Graduates Go?

Read the full paper here

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