EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2017 Event Summary

This year’s Engineering Professors’ Council Recruitment and Admissions Forum, held on 15th November, was a huge success. Thank you to all those who attended and presented in order to make the day so productive for all of us. Thanks also to Manchester Metropolitan University for hosting us.

Further information and copies of presentations will be made available shortly. In the meantime, please see the Twitter hashtag: #EPCRAF17 for highlights.

As you know, we were delighted to host 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.

Other highlights included:

  • 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.


9.30 – 10.00            Registration and refreshments

10.00 – 10.15          Welcome

Georgina Harris, Manchester Metropolitan University

10.15 – 11.00          Keynote: Is ‘engineering’ a broken brand for applicants?

Mary Curnock Cook OBE

11.00 – 12.15          Workshop: What entry requirements do you need?

Dr Neil Cooke, Birmingham University

Prof William Heath, Manchester University

12.15 – 12.45          Creating ‘superdegrees’: Degree apprenticeships

Professor Mike Sutcliffe, Kingston University

12.45 – 1.30            Lunch

1.30 – 2.15              Launch of the EPC Engineering Enrolments Survey 2017

With key findings presented by Stella Fowler, EPC

2.15 – 3.15              Workshop: How do we attract under-represented groups to engineering?

Dr Sarah Peers, Women’s Engineering Society

Jamie Bytheway, Greater Manchester Higher

3.15 – 3.50              Keynote: What works in access?

Professor Les Ebdon CBE, Director, Office of Fair Access

3.50 – 4.00              Roundup and close


RA Forum programme 2017