The Association of Polish Engineers in Great Britain is an independent, self-governing scientific and technical organisation that brings together engineers, architects, scientists, technicians and students living and working in the United Kingdom. STP includes people and institutions representing various disciplines of technical sciences, as well as enthusiasts of broadly understood science and technology.
For those of us who are bilingual, the anomaly in the translation of the name of the Association will not have gone unnoticed. In Polish, the strict translation of STP reads ‘Association of Polish Technicians’. The Polish name was the first name of the Association and for historical reasons, it has not been changed and the acronym, STP, has been maintained. The Association, however, was the idea of Polish Engineers, thus giving rise to the use of the English title of engineer, and as we are registered with the Charity Commission, the name Association of Polish Engineers has legal status.
Our Association was founded on September 7, 1940 by Polish engineers who, as a result of the outbreak of World War II, found themselves in the British Isles. For over 75 years, we have been continuously implementing the mission set out in the first Constitution of the Association, which was focused on supporting the professional and personal development of the Polish science and technology community. We accomplish our mission through:
Organisation of training courses and classes
Organisation of workshops, seminars and conferences
Mentoring and coaching for members of the Association
Creating a platform for meetings, exchange of ideas and experiences in the field of engineering, construction and science
The Association also:
Supports the integration of disciplines within the engineering and science communities
Collaborates with engineering organisations in the United Kingdom, Poland and other countries
Provides support to members in need through the STP Benevolent Fund
The Association is registered with the Charity Commission as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation number 1181306. The headquarters of the Association are located in the Polish Social and Cultural Association Ltd.’s Centre (POSK) in London. We are ordinary members of NOT (Naczelna Organizacja Techniczna) in Poland and since 2019 the Association has been registered as an Affiliate Member of the Engineering Council in the UK.
The Constitution is the leading document of the Association, defining our mission, how we function, our aims and setting out the membership rules. A copy of the Constitution can be found both here and at the Charity Commission.