EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2017

This year’s Engineering Professors’ Council Recruitment and Admissions Forum will be held on 15th November at Manchester Metropolitan University. We are delighted to announce not one, but two not-to-be-missed keynote speakers this year.

Mary Curnock Cook OBE stood down from her post as CEO of UCAS earlier this year and has immediately adopted a raft of other high-profile roles including Chair of The Access Project, Chelsea and Kensington College and  Swindon Academy, a Trustee of both the Open University and the National Star Foundation, and Strategic Adviser to Buckingham University. Her views on opportunity and entry qualifications are highly sought after and always challenging. Unshackled from her UCAS role, she has promised to be provocative. Prof Les Ebdon CBE is the Director of the Office of Fair Access in HE, the watchdog for equity in admissions. A tireless champion of wider participation, Les has campaigned hard for evidence-based access strategies and has transformed the opportunities for under-represented groups to access higher education. As former Vice-Chancellor of Bedfordshire University and a chemist by training, he is uniquely qualified to provide an insight into STEM recruitment and access.

 

Book your place now.

 

Other highlights include:

  • Findings from the Engineering Enrolments Survey – first glimpse data for 2017 entries into engineering HE across the country
  • Workshop on entry requirements
  • Workshop on under-represented groups in engineering 
  • Degree apprenticeships for success: policy and practice for universities, employers, government and other stakeholders. 

The cost for the day is £99 per ticket for EPC members, and £125 for non members. An invoice with payment methods will be issued once your booking is confirmed.

Who should attend?

  • Heads of Department
  • Admissions Tutors (both postgraduate and undergraduate)
  • Staff working in university recruitment offices
  • Staff working in university outreach functions

You can have a look on the RA Forum programme 2017 and book your place at the RA Forum here.

“Engineering in Society”: survey on engineering public engagement

Are you an engineer who feels passionately about engineering outreach? Or perhaps you hate the thought of having to engage the public with your work? 

The Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England, Bristol, is launching a new survey to find out more about who takes part in. Your responses will help to inform training for future public engagement opportunities for engineers. The survey only takes 10 minutes to complete and can be found here: https://uwe.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/engineeringinsociety

 

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Engineering in Society – new module for engineering citizenship

Undergraduate student engineers at UWE Bristol will get the chance to learn about engineering citizenship from September.

A new module is being launched to highlight the importance of professional development, lifelong learning, and the competencies and social responsibilities required to be a professional engineer.

It follows a successful public engagement project funded by the Engineering Professors’ Council in 2014, called Children as Engineers (link to http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/29111/). The new module is being funded by HEFCE (link here http://info.uwe.ac.uk/news/UWENews/news.aspx?id=3524) to advance innovation in higher education curricula.

The 65 students, who are in the third year of their BEng or MEng degrees, will learn about the engineering recruitment shortfall and the need to widen the appeal of the profession to girls and boys. They will then develop their communication and public engagement skills in order to become STEM Ambassadors for the future.

The module is unique in that it pairs the student engineers with pre-service teachers taking BEd degrees on to be peer mentors to each other. The paired students will work together to deliver an engineering outreach activity in primary schools, as well as respectively mentoring each other in communication skills and STEM knowledge.

The children involved in the project will present their engineering designs back to the student engineers at a conference at UWE in 2018. Previous research shows that it positively changes children’s views about what engineering is and who can be an engineer.

Teacher Asima Qureshi of Meadowbrook Primary school in Bradley Stoke says, “The Children as Engineers Project was a very successful project in our school. The highlight was the opportunity to showcase their designs at the university and be able to explain the science behind it. It has hopefully inspired children to become future engineers.”

The pilot project was also successful at improving teachers’ STEM subject knowledge confidence and self-efficacy to teach it. This is vitally important, as only 5% of primary school teachers have a higher qualification in STEM, and yet attitudes to science and engineering are formed before age 11.

Professional engineers in the Bristol region are invited to learn from the project and mentor the students as part of the new Curiosity Connections Bristol network (https://curiositybristol.net/). Delegates are welcome to the inaugural conference on November 23rd 2017 (link to https://curiositybristol.net/2017/06/29/conference2017/) to share learning with other STEM Ambassadors and professional teachers in the region.

Laura Fogg-Rogers

Senior Research Fellow and Faculty Business Associate in Science Communication

University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol UK

DLHE 2015/16 – Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education

We’ve updated our engineering DLHE datasets. Check out our Member’s portal on the website.

If you haven’t received the updated password to access the portal, please get in touch with us.

Degree Apprenticeships Forum – Presentations

The Degree Apprenticeships Forum was held jointly with the RAEng on 7th July, and involved a discussion of the considerations for academia in the development of DAs in engineering. Peter Lauener, Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships was the keynote for the event.

The EPC’s task group on Degree Apprenticeships, lead by Prof. Mike Sutcliffe (Kingston University) prepared a discussion document “Designing apprenticeships for success” on Engineering Degree Apprenticeships.

You can see the programme and speakers’ slides below.

SessionSpeakerSlides
Welcome sessionPhilip Greenish  
Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering
Keynote sessionPeter Lauener
Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships
Session 1
Apprentices' experience and outcomes
Miles Pixley
General Manager, Technical & Professional Development at JCB
Kathryn Roberts
Apprentice Programme Lead, KPMG
Shannon Lynch
Degree Apprentice, Jaguar Land Rover
Shannon Lynch
Session 2
Collaboration between HEI's and Employers
Sam Moorwood
Head of Employer Partnerships, Directorate of Education and Employer Partnerships, Sheffield-Hallam University
Sam Moorwood
Mukesh Limbachiya
Head of Natural and Built Environment, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Kingston University London
Charlotte Fisher-Morecroft
UK Foundation, IBM Early Professional Programmes
Session 3
Accreditation and assessment
Catherine Elliott
Education and Skills Manage, Engineering Council
Catherine Elliott
John Beattie
Technician Training Advisor, IET
Session 4
Funding
Greg Wade
Programme Manager, Universities UK
John Rose-Adams
Business Development, HEA
John Rose Adams
Session 5
Parity of esteem
Robin Mellors-Bourne
Director, Research & Intelligence, CRAC
Robin Mellors-Bourne
Paula Quinn
Learning and Development Manager, Nuvia
Jamie Meininger
Degree Apprentice, IBM

Invitation to host the EPC Annual Congress 2018

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
1st September 2017

Proposals are invited from higher education Engineering departments to host the 2018 Engineering Professors’ Council Annual Congress.

The Annual Congress is the flagship event in the EPC calendar, an opportunity for engineering academics from across the UK to come together to explore policy and practice and to network.

In 2016, the Congress was held at the University of Hull as a prestigious addition to its preparations as European City of Culture. In 2017, the Congress will be held in Coventry attracting a host of high-profile speakers and delegates.

The Congress usually takes place in the second week of September and lasts two days with a reception on the evening before the Congress formally starts.

The host institution nominates a Congress Convenor who will become a member of the EPC Board for up to three years (2017, 2018, 2019) and who, with guidance from the EPC executive team, will lead the organisation of the Congress, including determining the themes and scope for the Congress, and the speakers and events.

 

What is expected from the host

The host institution (host) would be expected to provide:

  • an academic of suitable standing to act as Convenor and other staff resource as necessary to assist planning the Congress;
  • suitable function rooms such as a lecture theatre and smaller break-out rooms, as well as space for networking;
  • catering for the Congress;
  • possibly accommodation, particularly, for early career staff delegates to the Congress who may be provided free accommodation in student residences;
  • management of the Congress during the event;
  • financial accountability in accordance with the financial arrangements (see below).

There will be some support from the EPC executive, but it is advisable to ensure that the host can provide conference support staff as the smooth running of the Congress will primarily be the Convenor’s responsibility.

The Congress usually attracts up to 100 delegates, but the numbers have grown in recent years and the host should be able to provide for 150.

 

Selection process

The process for selection as host involves submission of your proposal to the EPC Board, which will conduct a vote. The basis for its decision is entirely at its discretion, but they will take into account issues such as the nominated Convenor, the suitability of the facilities, the arrangements for costs, the geographical suitability (although the EPC is keen not always to be restricted to big centres of population), the suggested activities such as Congress Dinner venue and other attractions, and other arrangements to ensure the smooth running of the Congress.

The host institution must be a member of the EPC. We would particularly welcome joint proposals from separate institutions to host jointly, such as two engineering departments at separate universities in the same city.

 

Financial arrangements

The suggestion for the financial arrangement between the EPC and the host forms part of the proposal. The EPC will seek to minimise its risk and, if possible, would like to generate a surplus from the event to contribute to its own in-house costs in running the Congress. However, the quality of the event and its appeal to members will be of greater weight in selecting the host institution.

That said, it may be helpful to provide as guidance the following arrangement that has been used in the past. The EPC would hope that the host would aim to meet at least this arrangement:

Costs may be divided into three categories as follows:

  • ‘External costs’: ie. costs that will genuinely have to be met, such as catering, external venue hire, student ambassadors, etc. The EPC would guarantee all these external costs and, if necessary, would pay them up-front. In any case, the EPC would be liable for these costs.
  • ‘Internal costs’: such as staff who are already employed by the host. The host would guarantee these costs and, in the event that registration income was insufficient to meet them, the host would be liable for them.
  • ‘Internal fees’: where the only cost to the host is a notional price that it sets internally – room hire, for instance. Once the two types of costs above have been met from revenue, 75% of any remainder may be used to defray the host’s internal fees and the other 25% will be due to the EPC to defray our internal costs and fees. After the host’s internal fees have been met, any surplus would be split equally.

The proposal should make it clear whether the host proposes to manages the bookings process receive the registration fees or would prefer this to be handled by the EPC. If the host manages receives the fees, after the Congress it will be expected to provide a full account of income and expenditure (outlining the categories of expense as above, if that model is used). If the EPC receives the fees, the host may invoice the EPC for costs in accordance with the agreement. In either case, the host will be expected to agree with the EPC a full budget for the Congress at the earliest opportunity (and before substantial Congress planning) and would not be entitled to incur costs on behalf of the EPC outside the agreed budget without separate agreement.

While the host will be responsible for setting the registration fees and packages for delegates, these must be agreed in advance with the EPC. These should not include a more than 10% increase on equivalent packages for the previous year. A significant number of places for early careers staff (not more than 5 years in an academic post) should be made available at the lowest possible rate (including, ideally, some complimentary places).

 

Download the application form here.

 

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“Designing apprenticeships for success”

The EPC’s task group on Degree Apprenticeships, lead by Prof. Mike Sutcliffe (Kingston University) prepared a discussion document “Designing apprenticeships for success” on Engineering Degree Apprenticeships to be presented and discussed at the Degree Apprenticeships Forum, held jointly with the RAEng on 7th July.

We would like to invite you to comment on the questions addressed in the document using padlet (link below)

https://padlet.com/idireito/DegreeApprenticeshipsForum  (password: EngineeringDA)

 

 

The Engineering for People Design Challenge – Grand Finals 2017

19 June at The Crystal, 1 Siemens Brothers Way, E16 1GB 

Organised by Engineers Without Borders UK, the Grand Finals will bring together the top 36 teams from universities across the UK and Ireland to come and showcase their design solutions.

 

You will have the opportunity to view the exhibition showcasing each team selected for the finals as well as presentations from the top 6 teams selected by a panel of expert judges. There will also be a series of speakers from across the engineering community.

To attend the event, please register here.

EPC Strategic Plan 2017

The EPC has published Making Waves, a coordinated plan of changes and activities to maximise our effectiveness in representing engineering academics in national policy, to engage more members at all stages in their career, and to support our members in new and direct ways.

Among other initiatives will be the creation of the new Engineering Academics Network, about which further details will be released over coming months.

The Strategic Plan ‘Making Waves’ is subject to the approval of the AGM on 22nd May 2017.

Research Excellence Framework 2021: applications invited for Main Panel Chairs

HEFCE is inviting applications from people with successful senior-level experience in the leadership, commissioning or application of research, to serve as Main Panel Chairs (Designate) in the second Research Excellence Framework (REF). 

The closing date is noon on Thursday 27 April 2017.

Read the full article and further particulars here