Engineering Ethics Toolkit

Welcome to the EPC’s Engineering Ethics toolkit. Here you will find our resource designed to help engineering educators integrate ethics content into teaching.

The toolkit currently includes the following, but it is a growing resource and we are currently working on further resources to be added by the end of 2022:

  • Advice and guidance: Articles on engineering ethics and how best to embed learning into teaching practice.
  • Ethics case studies: Worked examples of real and hypothetical situations presenting ethical engineering challenges for use in teaching scenarios.
  • Curriculum map: A guide to areas of ethics that relate to different disciplines and stages of engineering education.

This resource has been produced by the Engineering Professors’ Council for the Royal Academy of Engineering as part of the profession’s on-going work to embed ethical practice into the culture of engineering. See our blog ‘Welcome to the Engineering Ethics Toolkit‘ for an introduction and thoughts on these resources from the EPC’s President.

These materials are also available as pdf documents on the RAEng website. Unless otherwise stated, to ensure that everyone can use and adapt the toolkit in a way that best fits their teaching or purpose, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License. Under this licence you are free to share and adapt this material, under terms that you must give appropriate credit and attribution to the original material and indicate if any changes are made.

Advisory group

A list of the Engineering Ethics Advisory Group members can be found below. The Group is chaired by Prof. Raffaella Ocone and the project is managed by Prof. Sarah Jayne Hitt with the support of the Engineering Professors’ Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

  • Prof Chike F. Oduoza (University of Wolverhampton)
  • Prof Dawn Bonfield MBE (Aston University)
  • Dr Sarah Junaid (Aston University)
  • Prof Thomas Lennerfors (Uppsala University)
  • Dr Nik Whitehead (University of Wales Trinity Saint David)
  • Prof Mike Sutcliffe (TEDI-London),
  • Prof Mike Bramhall (TEDI-London)
  • Claire Donovan (RAEng)
  • Steven Kerry (Rolls Royce)
  • Dr Darian Meacham (Maastricht University)
  • Emma Crichton (Engineers Without Borders UK)
  • Dr Matt Studley (University of the West of England, Bristol)
  • Johnny Rich (Engineering Professors’ Council)

More to come

This is just the beginning – we are already working on expanding this toolkit with future projects, including: developing more case studies, devising a system to make the case studies searchable by engineering discipline, ethical issues and so on. Additionally, we are looking to create “enhanced” versions of each case study, including specific teaching materials such as lesson plans, presentations and worksheets.