Read our objectives of broadening and growing the membership, strengthening links with the membership and membership engagement, intellectual leadership and developing an awareness of engineering and the profile of the Institution.
Members feel passionately that we should be an organisation with global reach that truly represents and reflects the profession, and that encourages professional registration and long-term career development.
We were able to deliver on these requests, achieving significantly against every one of its strategic aims, making 2011 another record-breaking year.
Broadening and growing the membership
2011 saw the election of the Institution’s 100,000th member, Nicola McClatchey, an apposite milestone in a year in which it returned to the growth of paying members and a net number of registered engineers for the first time in 20 years. Highly targeted, strategic campaigns delivered sustained membership growth across the board: significantly more students becoming Associates; a 38% rise in the number of Associates; an increase of just below 100% in the number of EngTechs; and double the number of Fellow elections. More than 1,000 members based outside the UK joined the Institution, and key partnerships with leading multi-national engineering employers were cemented.
Strengthening links with the membership and membership engagement
Our volunteers demonstrated their remarkable commitment by organising just under 1,000 events for over 51,000 people around the world. More than 1,000 members of all ages worldwide now volunteer to help: advising students and developing engineers.
The vast majority of the 500 new Ambassadors recruited in 2011 wished to volunteer to promote engineering in schools and colleges. By supporting Bloodhound SSC as a sponsor until 2013, we have been able to reach out to thousands of young people globally and enthuse them about engineering, while a popular partnership with Primary Engineer meant that over 15,000 5–19 year old pupils in 580 schools took part in engineering educational events.
Developing an awareness of engineering and the profile of the Institution
The support by members for investing resources in the development of a media profile, and the readiness of the press to trust the Institution as a source of expert opinion, allowed it once again to achieve record-breaking media coverage of over £17m AVE* in
2011 – the highest ever level.