Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said:

"I am delighted Chris Skidmore has returned to the post of Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

"His experience and enthusiasm for research and innovation are crucial at a time when government is planning how to deliver on its ambitions to significantly increase levels of research and development spending. The Academy looks forward to working with him again on this and navigating the UK’s participation in EU research and innovation programmes.

"I also welcome today’s announcement that from next year overseas students studying in the UK will once again be able to stay in the UK and work for two years after graduation. Engineering students, whether from the UK or overseas, are a huge asset to this country and this announcement will enable more of them to use their skills for the good of our society, economy and environment and help to fill the UK’s annual shortfall of 59,000 engineering graduate and technician roles."

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