Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Spanners in the Works: Letters

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Spanners in the Works: Letters

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I have a first from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in engineering from Imperial College London. I am a chartered engineer with 13 years' industrial experience. I have published widely in peer-reviewed scientific journals. I am an acknowledged expert in my field. Yet I have been unemployed for more than 11 years despite a worldwide job search. Each year I have written a polite letter to the president of the Royal Academy of Engineering outlining my plight and asking for any careers advice that the institute might be able to give me. To date, I have never received a reply.

It seems to me, at least, that (a) there is no manufacturing industry left in the UK and (b) engineering in this country is not a profession, despite the existence of august bodies such as the Royal Academy of Engineering and the fact that our prime minister this year set up the Pounds 1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Final-year secondary school students are currently in the process of applying to UK universities through Ucas. …

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