Northern Ireland Policy Panel

The Northern Ireland Policy Panel acts as a two-way link between the profession and local government in Northern Ireland.

Its two main tasks are to provide feedback into government thinking and to proactively raise matters of relevance with government.  It is a body of senior advisors chosen to represent the Profession in satisfying these needs specifically for Northern Ireland.  The policy panel comprises senior members from Northern Ireland industry, academe and professional organisations engaged with Northern Ireland issues.

The policy panel operates under the title "Engineering Policy Group Northern Ireland".

In fulfilling its role the policy panel

  • provides via the IET considered answers and steering information to government consultations and other reports on Northern Ireland issues relevant to the Profession
  • undertakes pre-emptive identification of issues applicable to Northern Ireland its industry, educational system, social infrastructure and its engineering professionals
  • provides a definitive IET Policy strategy and position regarding Northern Ireland
  • enables the IET to provide independent professional advice to local government

The policy panel's scope includes:

  • economic and political influences on Northern Ireland
  • environmental impact of technology relevant to Northern Ireland
  • national and European Community legislation change
  • emerging technologies likely to affect the Northern Ireland economy
  • safety and security issues
  • engineering skills, skills attrition, education and recruitment within Northern Ireland

Current programme work themes:

  • NI energy and the environment
  • NI IT skills
  • matching school, FE and HE output to the NI workplace needs


List of panel members

Members of the Northern Ireland Engineering Policy Group Northern Ireland (EPGNI)

Brexit Brexit and the Irish border - 21st March 2018

On 21 March 2018, as the UK and the European Union reach a critical juncture in the Brexit negotiations, representatives from the engineering, manufacturing, science, and technology communities in Northern Ireland debated the potential impact of Brexit on the Irish border at a workshop and conference in Belfast.

Brexit and the Irish border    


Relevant reports and briefings


Why STEM careers in Northern Ireland   Why STEM careers for Northern Ireland?



Mathematics - the lingua franca   Mathematics - the lingua franca of career opportunities and a strong economy


Relevant submissions

The IET responds to a number of submissions to Government, Parliament and the devolved Administrations each year. These can be found in the submissions archive (please select the relevant year).