About the RSI


The Royal Signals Institution was founded in 1953 although its origins can be traced back to 1933, when it was agreed that the Royal Corps of Signals should have a journal to discuss matters of “a technical and military nature” connected to the Corps; accordingly, the Royal Signals Quarterly Journal was launched. Publication of The Journal lapsed during World War II but in 1953 it was decided to form the Royal Signals Institution, with the object of fostering the professional and technical interests of the Corps; an inaugural meeting was held that May with the re-invigorated journal soon becoming the flagship publication of the new institution. Over the intervening 60+ years the scope, remit and outputs of the RSI have continued to grow.

The RSI Charter

The Charter states the purpose of the RSI is to:

‘Maintain strong professional links between the Corps, industry, professional bodies and other relevant areas of Defence, in order to foster the professional well being of the Corps and to contribute to the development of the delivery of Information and Communications Services within Defence and Security. and technical interest of the Corps’


The RSI Today


Today the RSI:

  • Promotes academic excellence by way of sponsoring prizes for over 90 courses each year.
  • Recognises technical and leadership excellence through an annual programme of commendations and awards for outstanding service.
  • Runs a programme of lectures, seminars and workshops to promote life-long professional development.
  • Maintains strong links with academia and a variety of chartered bodies.
  • Assists and encourages officers and soldiers to gain formal professional qualifications.
  • Provides opportunities to network with like-minded individuals.
  • Publish The Journal.

The RSI has always sought to foster equally strong links with fellow information and communications professionals in the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and industry. Thereby offering ways to promote a common understanding of the technical and leadership challenges which face the Services and the wider Defence and Security Sector in delivering coherent and workable solutions to the MOD’s needs – in short, the RSI seeks to become ‘the think-tank on Defence Information’.

The RSI Council

The Council directs and manages the affairs of the RSI, responsible to the Corps Committee, and seeks to foster professional development amongst the serving officers and soldiers of the Corps, the retired Corps and their close colleagues in Defence and industry by:

  • Encouraging a culture of life-long learning;
  • Supporting professional registration;
  • Recognising and rewarding excellence
  • Offering professional networking opportunities.

The Council is seeking to:

  • promote the RSI as a thought-leader in Defence Information in full support of MOD CDIO and his staff;
  • inform relevant professional bodies of the innovation and technical achievements of the Corps;
  • encourage the engagement of the serving Corps, in particular the Reserve component and Warrant Officers, Non Commissioned Officers and soldiers to see the RSI as key to their professional development as ICS professionals.

RSI Events

  • TThe RSI Annual Lecture and Dinner. This well-regarded professional updating and networking is held annually at the Institute of Directors and attended by fellow information and communications professionals in the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force and industry. At this event the RSI recognises technical and leadership excellence through annual awards and commendations for outstanding service. 
  • An annual RSI Seminar. This presents an opportunity to engage with wider Defence, colleagues in Industry and other Defence suppliers
  • Workshops and Professional Development events held up to 4 times a year. Workshops offer opportunity for debate, and development of the RSI a ‘think-tank’ for MOD CDIO.  event.

RSI Annual Dinner – Photograph courtesy of Photography by Mike Williams