Congress 2014

Programme and presentations

 8th April
Improving the diversity of the engineering workforce: results of a number of recent studies Dr Robin Mellors-Bourne, Deputy CEO, CRACPanel: Dr David Docherty, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business, Stephen Isherwood, Association of Graduate Recruiters,  Dr Jan Peters,  Katalytik Presentation Podcast
WORKSHOP A: Specialist Skills: postgraduate engineering education and funding: the future? Chair: Stephen Harris, Senior Reporter The EngineerPanel: Miranda Davies, Director of Emerging Talent, THALES, Robbie Thomson, THALES, Dr Catherine Hobbs, University of the West of England, Dr Georgina Harrison, Manchester Metropolitan University, Michelle Morgan and Professor Andrew Ordys, Kingston University, Chris Millward, HEFCE (Day 2 only) Presentation1 Presentation2
WORKSHOP B:  Impact and impact acceleration Chair: Professor David Nash, University of Strathclyde  Presentation
20th Anniversary grant awards: Engaging in Engineering: Initial pitch of short-listed proposals to delegates Dr Emma Carter: University of SheffieldDr Catherine Hobbs, University of the West of England 

Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith, Imperial College


Professor David Toll, Durham University

Distinguished Guest Lecture: Engineering for Growth Sir John Parker GBE FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Chairman of Anglo American Presentation Podcast
9th April
Keynote lecture:  Engineering Skills in the UK Professor John Perkins CBE FREng, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Presentation Podcast
Response to Keynote speaker: Engineering the Future Laura Pickard, EngD Candidate, University of Bristol and winner of the Engineering Professors’ Council and Hammermen of Glasgow Student PrizeChair: Professor Mike Bramhall, Sheffield Hallam University

Panel: Professor John Perkins, Laura Pickard, Julia Attwood (competition runner-up), Eleanor Earl (competition runner-up -Eleanor joined in the panel discussion by Skype from the University of Cardiff, where she was presented with her award by Professor Phil Bowen)

Link to student essay prize winners’ submissions Podcast
WORKSHOP A/B Repeated from Day 1
Responding to the Government consultation on capital funding – crafting a response from the engineering community Professor Clive Neal-Sturgess, Engineering Professors’ Council and Dr Kedar Pandya, Engineering Theme Leader, EPSRC


Glasgow uniThe 2014 Engineering Professors’ Council Congress took place at the University of Glasgow on 8/9 April 2014 with the theme: Engaging in Engineering.  The Distinguished Guest Lecture “Engineering for Growth” was delivered by Sir John Parker GBE FREng, who also received the President’s Prize* for services to engineering education, and this was followed by the Congress Dinner in the Senate Room in George Gilbert Scott’s magnificent university building. Jamie Gallagher, the University of Glasgow’s Science Outreach Officer treated us to a lively and inspiring after-dinner speech.

Congress also incorporated the final of our public engagement grant award competition, Engaging in Engineering.  The four short-listed candidates were invited to pitch their proposals to delegates, who then voted for up to two winners.  We were delighted to be able to announce that the proposals from the Universities of Sheffield and the West of England were successful, with delegates voting to fund their proposals.

We were also joined by the winner and two runners-up from our 20th Anniversary student essay prize competition.  Our winner, Laura Pickard of the University of Bristol, did a great job of responding to Professor John Perkins’ keynote speech and the runners-up, Julia Attwood (University of Cambridge) and Eleanor Earl, Cardiff University, joined her, and Professor Perkins, in responding to questions from delegates.

The slide presentations and links to the audio recordings of the plenary speakers plus Sir John Parker’s lecture are available above.  Just click on the Programme and Presentations drop down box.

* The Engineering Professor’s Council awards its President’s Prize biennially to an individual, who, in the opinion of the Committee, has provided sustained and excellent services to engineering education over the course of a distinguished career.