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      Editorial: Mission impossible… (19/07/2018)

      At the time of writing, I’m lucky to have just returned from a family holiday in southern Thailand. While we were there, my wife, our kids and I were gripped by the remarkable story of 12 young boys and their football coach, trapped in a cave in northern Thailand, after rapid flooding caused by heavy monsoon rainfall.

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      Relec Electronics – July 2018 newsletter (19/07/2018)

      With the British Grand Prix still fresh in memory, we at Relec update readers on our work with Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe), an electric Formula Student team at the University of Bath.

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      Editorial: Diversity makes us stronger… (10/07/2018)

      At the time of writing, it’s the beginning of June – which you might know is Pride Month. This annual celebration of the LGBT+ community, often denoted by the rainbow flag, is celebrated all around the world throughout June...

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      STEM Matters: Diversity makes us stronger… (10/07/2018)

      UK engineering has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at only 9% of the workforce, but its gender gap is not the only diversity issue the profession faces...

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      EPDT's July 2018 issue is now available (03/07/2018)

      This month’s issue – both in print and online – contains features on enclosure technologies and mil/aero applications. Our cover story explains how companies can minimise additional testing when commercialising products for the military market.

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      Editorial: Nine percent is not enough… (07/06/2018)

      You already know that engineering in the UK is suffering from a persistent and substantial skills gap: EngineeringUK reports that the annual shortfall of engineering graduates to meet demand is more than 20,000 – and 50,000 for engineering roles at large! And only 9% of the UK industry workforce is female, and just 6% of registered engineers and technicians – CEng, IEng, EngTech – are women…

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      STEM Matters: International Women in Engineering Day – #RaisingTheBar (05/06/2018)

      Not only does engineering in the UK face a well documented and persistent skills gap, with numbers of STEM graduates still not meeting demand, but its gender gap – bearing in mind that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at only 9% – is further exacerbating the problem.

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      One year at the helm… (02/05/2018)

      We welcome you to our May 2018 issue of EPDT! It’s hard for me to believe, but this is my 12th issue as Editor of EPDT. Seems as good a time as any to reflect on the last year – and to look forward too...

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      STEM Matters: The Big Bang Fair (02/05/2018)

      This year’s Big Bang Young Scientists & Engineers Fair took place last month at The NEC in Birmingham. Run by EngineeringUK, the event, which is the UK’s largest celebration of STEM for young people, continues to go from strength to strength.

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      EPDT’s May 2018 issue is now available (01/05/2018)

      This month’s issue contains features on Power technologies and Rail applications, as well as EPDT’s annual PXI for T&M supplement. Our cover story looks at how to use RFID and IoT technology to optimise real time rail maintenance.

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      Editorial: The UK state of engineering in 2018… (04/04/2018)

      EngineeringUK recently released its annual State of Engineering report, now in its 20th year, which provides a comprehensive analysis of UK engineering’s economic contribution and the composition of its workforce – as well as the extent to which the supply through the education and training pipeline is likely to meet future needs and demand for engineering skills. Let’s take a closer look at the key findings of this year’s report...

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      EPDT’s April 2018 issue is now available (03/04/2018)

      Our latest issue is online and in print! It contains features on lighting technologies and automotive applications, as well EPDT’s first IoT & Industry 4.0 supplement. Dovetailing two of the three areas, our cover focus draws on the importance of connected, smart lights.

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      Editorial: The 2018 outlook for #UKMFG… (09/03/2018)

      While working on our March 2018 issue, EEF’s 7th edition of its annual Executive Survey was published. Each year, EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation, surveys leading UK manufacturing executives about the growth opportunities and challenges they see for the year ahead…

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      STEM Matters: Revisiting the gap... (05/03/2018)

      The STEM skills gap has been a perennial problem for the UK engineering and manufacturing industries – but it feels as if a crunch point might be coming. In the past decade, the narrative around the value of the industry to the UK’s economy (and of STEM education in supporting their contribution) has been gradually – and positively – shifting...

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      EPDT's March 2018 issue now available (05/03/2018)

      Our latest issue covers display technologies and consumer electronics applications, as well as our most recent Outsourcing supplement. Our cover feature looks at real-time sensing and the development of smart homes.

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      STEM Matters: Coopertition, gracious professionalism – and LEGO robots!... (06/02/2018)

      I believe engineers are the (unsung) heroes who will create and develop the technologies to solve the grand challenges facing society and improve everyday life. FIRST, an international not-for-profit youth organisation and STEM engagement programme, believes this too...

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      Editorial: Industrial strategy & digitalisation made smarter… (05/02/2018)

      At the time of putting together our February 2018 issue, Theresa May was prepping her big Cabinet reshuffle – which turned out not to be so big, after all. I also attended a briefing by Steve Brambley, Chief Executive-elect of GAMBICA. Steve was talking about GAMBICA’s viewpoint on the Government’s recently published Industrial Strategy white paper...

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      EPDT's February 2018 issue is now available (05/02/2018)

      Our latest issue covers wireless and medical areas, with a cover feature on how the technological demand from hospitals, practitioners and patients is driving miniaturised medtech.

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      STEM Matters: We don’t know what it is, but we think it’s important... (03/01/2018)

      I sometimes feel like engineering is locked in a game of ‘good news, bad news’. Hot on the heels of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, while writing this month’s columns, I visited the Science Museum and heard about 2018 being the Year of Engineering...

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      STEM Matters: Could apprenticeships be the answer...? (05/12/2017)

      As covered in my editorial leader, Engineering UK’s annual State of Engineering report was released as we put this month’s issue together. This key report for our industry, now in its 20th year, provides a comprehensive analysis of UK engineering’s economic contribution and the composition of its workforce – as well as the extent to which the supply through the educat