Engineering: turning ideas into reality: Government Response to the Committee's Fourth Report - Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee Contents

The profession

1. The engineering community's approach to this inquiry has been coherent and co-ordinated, with the institutions working together to communicate a common message with and through the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Academy must take forward and formalise its leadership role, so that the engineering community can communicate—and co-ordinate—more effectively. (Paragraph 10)

While this is primarily for the Royal Academy of Engineering and the engineering community to determine, the Government values its excellent relationship with the Academy, and the advice that it offers. As noted in the response to recommendation 37 below, Government agrees that that Academy should generally be the first port of call for engineering advice. However, several Departments have strong and useful links directly with Engineering Institutions. The Government recognises the value of these, and would not want them to be overridden.

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