"Thriving through great people and superior technology"

UKNEST is a forum that promotes the Engineering, Science and Technology interests of UK Naval Defence. The forum is focused on topics that are important across the Ministry of Defence (Royal Navy, Defence Equipment & Support and the Defence Science & Technology Laboratories) and UK Industry. Topics of interest include the sustainability of the work-force, research & development to underpin future naval capabilities and a focal point for engagement with Government initiatives.

Since it was founded in 2005, UKNEST has managed numerous successful initiatives. These have included:

  • Contributed to the 2007 Defence Industrial Strategy
  • Contributed to the 2007 RAND report into sustaining skills in the UK Naval shipbuilding industry
  • Provided written contributions to
    • Government on House of Commons (HoC) Defence Committee enquiry into the future of the strategic nuclear deterrent
    • The HoC Innovation, Universities and Skills committee (2008) enquiry into engineering in the UK
  • Secured an EPSRC grant for the “Green Ship” through a consortium led by University College London that included other universities, Rolls Royce and BMT
  • Created & managed the UKNEST website (that has been re-developed tri-annually) focused at encouraging graduates and high-lighting the opportunities within the sector
  • Organised a Career Day in Portsmouth that was opened by the Minister for Business Innovation and attended by University career advisors and academic staff
  • Created a roadmap for future science & technology that formed the template for the National Maritime view
  • Provided funding, personnel and contributed to establishing and running the Marine Industries Leadership Council (MILC) Marine Strategy
  • Provided Best Practice across all key Working Groups of MILC, now represented through the Marine Industries Alliance activities
  • Provided support to numerous maritime initiatives including the National Shipbuilding Strategy and Growth Partnerships
  • Published surveys focused on the people employed in the Naval Enterprise; their recruitment, retention and future requirements
  • Funding a Scholarship for undergraduates
  • FutureNEST graduates and apprentices, responded to a challenge from the Royal Navy and developed the Nautilus 100 submarine concepts. The outcome was widely publicised and formed a central display at 2017 Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEi)
  • UKNEST supported the Year of Engineering – 2018 Partners Board.

UKNEST Campaign Plan

UKNEST has four active Working Groups focusing on various facets of the UK Naval intellectual capital these are:

  • People
  • Technology
  • Communications
  • Year of Engineering 2018

These Working Groups are supplemented with additional teams when appropriate, such as for the development of this website.