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Dstl Careers: Soldier, Student to Engineering Scientist
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Dstl Careers: Soldier, Student to Engineering Scientist

Dstl is a place where everyone can thrive, succeed and achieve their ambitions, regardless of background, circumstances, experiences or characteristics. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory 23 July 2021 At Dstl we achieve amazing things when we work together, so we work hard to make sure everyone can be themselves, have their voice heard, and can reach their full potential. We do this by both proactively attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and being an inclusive employer where everyone feels they belong and comfortable to bring their whole self to work. Meet Dstl’s Boniface Hima - born in East Africa, he came to the UK to study for a degree, but after six months he decided to join the British Army as specialist driver for Royal Engineers. After 5 years of service Bo...
Increasing Connections and Interchange
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Increasing Connections and Interchange

Providing systems that allow scientists and engineers to be better connected and gaining experience across government. Government Science & Engineering Profession 21 July 2021 This theme is all about providing systems that allow scientists and engineers to be better connected and to gain broad experience in and out of government. Scientists and engineers are collaborators by nature and something our profession is keen to do is help connect our members! We are an incredibly diverse profession with a variety of roles and specialisations, who are joined by a passion to ensure the delivery of inspirational and trusted evidence and solutions into decision making. Bringing people together allows networks to grow, peer support, collaboration and learning through sharing knowledge and o...
Growing Government Science and Engineering (GSE) Talent
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Growing Government Science and Engineering (GSE) Talent

Supporting diverse STEM talent from early career to become highly influential and effective scientists and engineers in government. Government Science & Engineering Profession 21 July 2021 The Government Science & Engineering (GSE) profession has been supporting new joiners to the civil service through the Science & Engineering Fast Stream (SEFS) Programme. The programme has grown steadily across the years starting with a small cohort of 2 in 2014 to a current cohort of 60 with another 47 joining the scheme in October 2021. In our revamped GSE Strategy, launching in July 2021, the profession is looking to maintain the growth of the scheme to ensure every aspect of government is supported by a diverse range of people and skills. We recognise how important it is to have...
£440,000 Research Funding for Next-Generation Sea Mine Disposal
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£440,000 Research Funding for Next-Generation Sea Mine Disposal

Sea mine disposal could be transformed using an innovative technique that is being researched by Dstl (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory). Defence Science and Technology Laboratory 21 July 2021 The concept has received funding worth £440,000 from the Defence Innovation Unit to develop a working prototype and aims to provide a valuable capability for the Royal Navy, enabling minefields to be cleared more efficiently and quickly. Clearing minefields quicker will enhance freedom of operation without increasing risks to the disposal team. Delivered underwater by a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), Dstl’s Pulse Dart comprises a metal spike and tube. The spike penetrates the hard outer shell of the ordnance, where an electrical charge is applied to initiate the ordnance with the...
UK Life Sciences Vision Set to Deliver Life-Changing Innovations
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UK Life Sciences Vision Set to Deliver Life-Changing Innovations

The UK Government's bold new life sciences vision will build on the pandemic response to improve health outcomes for patients across the country. Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and Iain Stewart MP 7 July 2021 UK Life Sciences Vision sets 10-year strategy for sector to build on successes of COVID-19 response and accelerate delivery of innovations to patients Mission-led approach to solve some of the biggest healthcare problems of our generation, including cancer and dementia Launch of Life Sciences Investment Programme brings total amount of funding available to UK’s most promising life sciences companies to £1bn The remarkable response of the UK’s world class life sciences sector to COVID-19 will b...
American Airlines Invests in the Future of Urban Air Mobility
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American Airlines Invests in the Future of Urban Air Mobility

Thursday, June 10, 2021 FORT WORTH, Texas — As part of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability, American Airlines today announced it will invest in Vertical Aerospace, a leading UK-headquartered engineering and aeronautical business developing electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. With the investment, American is demonstrating its focus on emerging technologies to reduce carbon emissions and investing in innovative ways that could improve the customer journey. As part of its investment in Vertical, American has agreed to pre-order, subject to certain future agreed upon milestones and other terms, up to 250 aircraft, representing a potential pre-order commitment of $1 billion, and an option to order an additional 100 aircraft. The airline also expe...
Boost for UK Space Sector as New Facility Offers Cheaper and Greener Rocket Testing
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Boost for UK Space Sector as New Facility Offers Cheaper and Greener Rocket Testing

A new gold standard national rocket test facility has been unveiled by Science Minister Amanda Solloway today UK Space Agency 17 June 2021 The centre will allow UK companies and academics to test state-of-the-art propulsion engines which are used to move small satellites in space at a more affordable rate than having to go abroad. It will also allow new types of more sustainable propellants to be tested, such as Hydrogen Peroxide and Liquid Oxygen which are more environmentally friendly in sourcing, storage and combustion. Based at the Westcott Space Cluster in Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, the new National Space Propulsion Test Facility (NSPTF), which received £4 million in funding from the UK Space Agency, is the only facility of its kind in the UK. It is one of only 3 in the...
New Proposals to Support Rapid and Safe Rollout of Fusion Energy
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New Proposals to Support Rapid and Safe Rollout of Fusion Energy

Regulatory Horizons Council publishes report on measures required to support the rapid and safe introduction of fusion energy Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Amanda Solloway MP 1 June 2021 A new report published today (Tuesday 1 June) has set out how the UK can support the rapid and safe introduction of fusion energy as the technology develops. Produced by the Regulatory Horizons Council (RHC), an independent expert committee which identifies regulation required to foster technical innovation, the report makes recommendations on how fusion energy should be regulated in light of its inherently lower risk than nuclear alternatives. Fusion is the process that powers the sun. A fusion power plant would combine hydrogen atoms to g...
Artificial Intelligence Used at Sea for First Time
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Artificial Intelligence Used at Sea for First Time

For the first time, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is being used by the Royal Navy at sea as part of Exercise Formidable Shield, which is currently taking place off the coast of Scotland. Ministry of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, and The Rt Hon Alister Jack MP 29 May 2021 This Operational Experiment (OpEx) on the Type 45 Destroyer (HMS Dragon) and Type 23 Frigate (HMS Lancaster), is using the A.I. applications, Startle and Sycoiea, which were tested against a supersonic missile threat. As part of the Above Water Systems programme, led by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) scientists, the A.I. improves the early detection of lethal threat, accelerates engagement timelines and provide Royal Navy Commanders with a rapid hazard assessment to select...
Scotland’s Future ‘Unicorns’ Thrive after Decade of Tech Success
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Scotland’s Future ‘Unicorns’ Thrive after Decade of Tech Success

New figures highlight a decade of growth in the UK's tech sector, with four more Scottish companies set to achieve the all-important $1bn 'unicorn' valuation Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and Iain Stewart MP 21 May 2021 Scotland has produced three unicorn companies: BrewDog, FanDuel, Skyscanner. The country is home to four futurecorns: Roslin Technologies and NuCana BioMed (Edinburgh), Interactive Investor (Glasgow) and Amphista Therapeutics (Motherwell) Scotland has been one of the leading centres of UK tech which has grown tenfold in 10 years UK unicorns have grown from eight unicorns in 2010 to 81 by 2020 By comparison, France, Germany, Sweden and Israel has created a combined 85 unicorns by 2020 a...