EPC Annual Congress 2017: Beyond Borders

Date/Time
Date(s) - 11/09/2017 - 13/09/2017
All Day

Location
Coventry University

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The Annual Congress is the big event in the EPC calendar – an opportunity to network, gain and share insights and stay in touch with developments in policy and practice in teaching, research and innovation. 

This year we have a programme of high-profile and expert speakers and the event is not to be missed by engineering academics in UK higher education, whether you’re a senior professor or have recently joined the profession.

The theme for this year’s Congress is ‘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 be 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.

We are delighted that the IET Academic Partners is generously supporting the Congress.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

All academic staff in any engineering discipline – from early career staff through lecturers and researchers to department heads, deans of faculties, PVCs and VCs – anyone who wish to network with colleagues, develop their professional practice and stay on top of strategic and policy challenges.

The event is also open to non-academics working in engineering or in professional bodies, who have an interest in the graduate talent pipeline, in research and in innovation.

Please note: The EPC is dedicated to supporting early careers staff and, so, for the first time, we are offering 10 free full delegate places (with accommodation provided) to individuals who have been working in engineering in UK universities for less than five years.

Are you an early career staff? Why should you attend?

Aside from covering contemporary teaching and research topics through the hand-picked line up of  speakers and  the excellent networking opportunities this is a chance for you to directly interact with your engineering academic peers across all career stages. Each presentation/talk will be followed by discussion of the topics in smaller groups meaning that you will actively discuss the current topic with your peers  from assistant lecturers and research assistants to fully fledged seasoned professors. We will capture the essence of the discussions using Word Clouds and Twitter to encourage the discussions to continue after the individual sessions end.

PROGRAMME

You can see the programme here.
Confirmed speakers:
  • Jamie Arrowsmith – Director (Policies), Universities UK
  • Carol Burke – Managing Director, Unipart Manufacturing Group
  • Teena Gade – Vehicle Science Engineer, Sahara Force India
  • Paul Greatrix – Registrar, University of Nottingham
  • Kim Hackett – REF Manager, HEFCE
  • Prof. John Latham – Vice Chancellor, Coventry University
  • Paul McNamara – Technical Director, Williams Advanced Engineering
  • Prof. Michelle Morgan – Associate Dean, Student Experience, Bournemouth University
  • Steven Shelby – Director, Polytechnic Lafayette, Purdue University, Indiana
  • Hayaatun Sillem – Director of Strategy, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Torin Spence – Skills Manager, Horiba Mira
  • Prof. Sarah Spurgeon – EPC President
  • Nicola Turner – Head of Skills, HEFCE

HIGHLIGHTS

As well as a packed programme of high-profile keynote speakers, the Congress will include a dinner at Coventry’s medieval St Mary’s Guildhall and a tour of Coventry’s famous Transport Museum.

ACCOMMODATION

Please note that accommodation is not included in the Congress packages (except the 10 free places for Early Careers Staff) . The following is a list of hotels (local to Coventry University) in order of budget (most expensive first) for you to make your own choice.

Ramada Hotel and Suites Coventry

Ibis Coventry Centre

Premier Inn Coventry (Belgrade Plaza)

Britannia Hotel Coventry

REGISTER NOW – Use the code “EB17” before 31st July for our early bird discount of 10% of all bookings

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