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The 2017 Engineering Professors’ Council Congress took place at the University of Coventry on 11-13 September 2017.We are delighted that the IET Academic Partners generously supported the Congress.

The theme for this year’s Congress was ‘Beyond Borders’, exploring the many ways internationalisation requires universities and engineers to prepare themselves for a new world.

As the UK lurches towards Brexit and following the Government’s announcement to harden further the line on international students, the issue could not have been more timely. On the one hand, finding a new place in the world will place new demands on attracting talented students and leading global innovation and research. But on the other, without international students and staff, even the viability of many engineering departments may be on the line.

Following an opportunity for early registration and networking on Monday 11th, the Congress’s proceedings began in earnest on Tuesday 12th September with a welcome from Prof Sarah Spurgeon, EPC President.

Prof John Lathan (Vice-Chancellor and CEO, Coventry University and Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University) presented The International Challenges Facing HEIs. Now the UK’s second largest player in the international HE field, Coventry University has seen a radical transformation in the last ten years. He put students and staff at the forefront of future strategies.

Next we enjoyed a look at the next generation of engineers. A Journey From Engineering Lectures To The Face Of The Engineering For The BBC presented by Teena Gade (Vehicle Science Engineer, Sahara Force India) highlighted the importance of role models, regardless of gender. She was joined by Torin Spence (Skills Manager, Horiba-MIRA) who outlined  MIRA Technology Institute’s The Reach Out Programme. Key messages included the need to re-establish the undergraduate qualification, with work experience, as the primary qualification; the need for UCAS to understand the patterns of postgraduate taught study; and for us all to understand students’ expectations at PGT level.

Prof Michelle Morgan (Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Student Experience, Bournemouth University) discussed Postgraduate Employability: The Next Academic Frontier, including an extensive evidence base around postgraduate employment.

A panel discussion, featuring Steven Shelby (Purdue University), Dave Wright (Coventry University), Ian Wilson (Coventry University), and Mike Bromfield (Coventry University) followed, lending An Honest Reflection of International Relationships.

The afternoon provided more insights still from sector experts. First we saw Nicola Turner MBE (Head of Skills, HEFCE) pointed to the Wakeham Review, and turned the spotlight on STEM and digital skills in her presentation, Stemming The Tide: Is The Skills Gap Getting Bigger? 

The day ended with an inspiring pre-dinner talk: Engineering at 200mph, by Paul McNamara (Technical Director, Williams Advanced Engineering).

The Congress Dinner was held at Coventry’s medieval St Mary’s Guildhall where delegates dined in the atmospheric Undercroft with its magnificent vaulted roof.

Wednesday started with Carol Burke CBE FREng (Managing Director, Unipart Manufacturing Group) presenting a case study of Industrial Engineering On A Multinational Scale at Unipart Manufacturing Group.

This was followed by an inspiring talk from Dr Hayaatun Sillem FIET (Deputy CEO and Director of Strategy, Royal Academy of Engineering) entitled From Industrial Engineering to Academic Strategies. She focused on engineering an economy that works for all and introduced the 2018 Year of Engineering.   

Next, Dr Paul Greatrix (Registrar, University of Nottingham) explored Internationalisation: Many Facets, Many Challenges  through a tour of the University of Nottingham’s own experiences.

The congress ended with a presentation from Kim Hackett (REF Manager, HEFCE) who invited us to take A Moment For REFlection. She shared with us the initial decisions on the Research Excellence Framework 2021, including the move to a single Engineering UOA.

Finally, delegates benefited from a range of tours including Coventry’s famous Transport Museum.

Aside from hearing about contemporary topics through the hand-picked line up of  speakers and the Congress provided its usual array of excellent networking opportunities and a chance for us all to interact with our engineering academic peers across all career stages.

The EPC would like to acknowledge the kind support of The IET Academic Partnerships programme, the University of Coventry.

All the Congress slide presentations can be downloaded from the dropdown box below.

You can also have a look on the tweets of the conference #epcccongress17 @EPC1994

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12th September
The International Challenges Facing HEIs Prof John Lathan (Vice-Chancellor and CEO, Coventry University and Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University) Presentation
Outreach: The Next Generation Teena Gade (Vehicle Science Engineer, Sahara Force India) and Torin Spence (Skills Manager, Horiba-MIRA) Presentation
Beyond Brexit: International Research Collaboration And Funding After The UK Leaves The EU Jamie Arrowsmith (Assistant Director, Policy, UniversitiesUK International) Presentation
Stemming The Tide: Is The Skills Gap Getting Bigger? Nicola Turner MBE (Head of Skills, HEFCE) Presentation
Postgraduate Employability: The Next Academic Frontier Prof Michelle Morgan (Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Student Experience, Bournemouth University Presentation
13th September
Industrial Engineering On A Multinational Scale Carol Burke CBE FREng (Managing Director, Unipart Manufacturing Group)  Presentation
From Industrial Engineering to Academic Strategies Dr Hayaatun Sillem FIET (Deputy CEO and Director of Strategy, Royal Academy of Engineering)  Presentation
Internationalisation: Many Facets, Many Challenges Dr Paul Greatrix (Registrar, University of Nottingham)  Presentation
A Moment For REFlection Kim Hackett (REF Manager, HEFCE)  Presentation