Read about our record-breaking year for professional registration, promoting the value of engineering and how we've inspired young people in 2017.
2017 was a challenging year financially, but a successful year for the Institution in many other areas. It was also the start of an important reflection on the future of the professional engineering landscape, with the publication of the Uff Review, by John Uff QC.
In her Presidential Address, Carolyn Griffiths spoke of the ‘Gender Agenda’ and we are also acutely aware of the reported skill shortage in engineering. We have been involved in great schools outreach work to engage more young people in understanding how creative and exciting engineering can be, including an amazing Bloodhound SSC test event in Newquay.
We have continued to focus efforts on attracting more to join our organisation and again registered more engineers than any other engineering institution. More than a quarter of the total membership of the Institution is now outside the UK.
Our key financial objective is to provide a sustainable income to deliver the Learned Society activities to members and in 2017 the net worth of the Institution grew by £1.4M, increasing our reserves to £30.9M.
This year has made particular demands upon our staff and our members who together deliver amazing work, worldwide. We are very grateful to them for enabling our wonderful Institution to continue on its mission during 2017 to ‘improve the world through engineering’.
- For the sixth year running, the Institution was the leading PEI for new registrations up 5.8% to 2,933 with CEng applications particularly strong surpassing 2,000 for the first time.
- Our international presence also grew strongly and for the first time, the numbers of international members exceeded 25% of our total membership to reach 31,245.
- We are investing over £3M into the Institution’s digital infrastructure in order to improve its services to our members both in the UK and internationally. Digital engagement with members and other audiences achieved significant growth.
IMechE AR 2017
2017 saw a substantial increase in new volunteers, particularly new STEM Ambassadors. A remarkable 582 new volunteers joined, compared with just 136 in 2016.
1,102 member-organised events were hosted across the UK compared with 1,200 in 2016, however the number of delegates attending increased by 10% to 43,000.
We have now accredited 272 company schemes (including six professional training university schemes).
The Bloodhound SSC Newquay test run event in October was a great success engaging over 9,000 people over 3 days and promoting the Institution’s popular education toolkits to local schools.