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

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

RAEng Visiting Professors – 2017 Award

The RAEng new round for Visiting Professors has now opened and will close on Tuesday 11 April at 4pm.

This scheme supports the appointment of senior industrial engineers as Visiting Professors at UK universities. This industry-into-academia initiative aims to utilise the experience of the Visiting Professor to enhance student learning as well as the employability and skills of UK engineering graduates.

Under the objectives of this scheme, senior industry practitioners participate in course development, face-to-face teaching and mentoring of engineering undergraduates at the host university for at least 12 days a year for three years.

The Award provides the university with the support necessary for the attendance of a Visiting Professor to a maximum value of £10,000 per year over three years up to a maximum of £30,000 in total.

For more information go to the Visiting Professors web page

How to Apply? Click here.

RAEng response to the Government Green Paper on Industrial Strategy – have your say

The Royal Academy of Engineering is gathering as much opinion and evidence from the engineering community to respond to the Industrial Strategy. There are several ways in which engineers can contribute to this response. 

By completing an online survey. You are welcome to complete any or all of the section(s) or questions in which you are interested, in the following survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ETFsurvey/ (the survey closes on March 10th).

By participating in workshops. The RAEng is organising workshops in the regions and also on specific elements of the Strategy – the one on Pillar 2 “Developing skills” will take place on the morning of 16th March, at the Academy, co-chaired by Prof John Perkins and Carol Burke of Unipart. If you would like to nominate anyone for this workshop (it’s invitation only) please email industrialstrategy@raeng.org.uk and RAEng will send them invitation.

By contacting RAEng. Anyone can contact RAEng with their views via the industrialstrategy@raeng.org.uk email address. If someone would prefer a phone call, the RAEng can arrange that through the email address as well.

Royal Academy of Engineering – Research projects in engineering education

This is an open call to organisations that work in engineering education research. The Academy plans to fund a small number of research projects in engineering education in 2017-18, around any of the following areas:

  • Addressing issues around underrepresentation in engineering
  • Innovation and structural change in education, training, recruitment and retention of engineers and technicians
  • Transforming the effectiveness of engagement activities that bring an understanding of and aspiration for engineering to young people
  • Embedding engineering in schools and colleges and bringing real world engineering into all stages of the formation of engineers
  • Promoting the importance of environmental, economic and social sustainability in engineering practice and education

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3rd March by 3pm. Please see further information here.

If you have any questions, contact Charlotte Freeman Charlotte.Freeman@raeng.org.uk

Call for papers: New approaches to Engineering Higher Education

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Conference: New approaches to Engineering Higher Education, 22 May 2017

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Engineering Professors’ Council will be on May 22, at 4PM, following a free one-day conference at the IET in London. This will be a high-profile event featuring a Government minister (name to be confirmed), the President of the IET and other higher profile speakers. The debate will be chaired by Professor John Perkins, former BIS Chief Scientific Adviser and author of the 2013 BIS Review of Engineering Skills. There will also be an opportunity for members of the IET to present and to be featured in the published proceedings afterwards.

Please see the call for papers (deadline 9 January 23 January 2017)