Consultations – opportunities to influence

Opportunities to influence

The EPC responds to a variety of consultations from Government, the funding councils and other stakeholders, representing the views and interests of all the membership.

The EPC will follow one of four pathways to prepare its consultation response:

  • Full consultation
  • Representative consultation
  • Executive consultation
  • No collective response

The EPC Executive will decide which pathway to use depending on the timing and scope of the consultation. You can read EPC Protocol for Consultations here.

Where possible, the EPC seeks to offer a single, authoritative, HE engineering voice in our responses to consultations. Sometimes, it is even more effective to collaborate with other education sectors in the engineering space. To this end, we sometimes work with Engineering for Education, an engineering education and skills policy body, to produce  collaborative responses.

Open Consultations

APPG for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM inquiry on Equity in STEM Education

Following our submission to the call for ideas, The EPC is planning to make an Executive Response to the APPG for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM inquiry on Equity in STEM Education, possibly in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The aim of this inquiry is to create recommendations for a change to policy in this area, to improve the equitable availability of STEM education. The inquiry examines three key questions surrounding equitable access to STEM education. These are:

  • The main issues currently affecting access to STEM education by diverse groups
  • Policy changes that could alleviate the issues experienced by these groups
  • Those who will benefit from the proposed policy changes and those who would lose out

The inquiry is currently open and will close on Monday 3 June.

Immigration White Paper

The EPC is working on a collaborative response to the Immigration White Paper with E4E. EPC’s concerns will focus on the £30k salary threshold, the deposit, and the limitations on remaining in the UK post study. If you think we should be raising further points, please contact us.

HESA Consultation

The HESA consultation is not for providers only. However, there are areas of risk to the EPC which we should note:

  • the future of HEIDI plus and other onward uses of data including academic research if provides do not chose to opt-in to sector onward use of data (of which there are six optional categories)
  • pending review of Performance Indicator data 
  • continuation of the Graduate Outcomes survey
  • data futures is on hold
  • the future of non-academic staff data in England.

The EPC Executive is currently considering how best to influence this work. The consultation closes on 29th April 2019.

Submitted Consultations

Date  Consultation Response Outcomes
April 2019 OFSTED consultation on the education inspection framework 2019 pdf_icon
March 2019 UKRI consultation on the Knowledge Exchange Framework pdf_icon
March 2019 Independent review of TEF: call for views pdf_icon
February 2019 UKSCQA degree classification consultation pdf_icon
January 2019 APPG on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM pdf_icon Successful influence on APPG lines of inquiry for 2019.
October 2018 REF 2021 pdf_icon
July 2018 Home Affairs Committee Post-Brexit migration policy inquiry pdf_icon Ordered to be published on 10 July 2018. Available here.
June 2018 Engineering Council Review of UKSPEC pdf_icon
May 2018 Women into Engineering pdf_icon
May 2018 The Department for Education consultation on the subject-level Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) pdf_icon
May 2018 The Department of Education call for evidence to support a Review of Post-18 Education and Funding pdf_icon
Feb 2018 Department for Education consultation on Accelerated degrees: widening student choice in higher education pdf_icon
Jan 2018 HEFCE Knowledge Exchange Framework Metrics Technical Advisory Group – initial call for evidence on KEF metrics  pdf_icon
Jan 2018 Migration Advisory Committee Science budget and Industrial Strategy inquiry call for evidence on International students: economic and social impacts pdf_icon
Dec 2017 Securing student success: risk-based regulation for teaching excellence, social mobility and informed choice in higher education pdf_icon
Oct 2017 Education Select Committee, Value for Money in HE pdf_icon The House of Commons Education Committee released the written evidence it has received for its inquiry into the value for money of universities, including the EPC’s submission.
Apr 2017 BEIS, Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper pdf_icon
Apr 2017 HESA, NewDLHE: The future of graduate outcomes data pdf_icon
Mar 2017 HEFCE – Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework pdf_icon
Nov 2016 Education Committee – The impact of exiting the European Union on higher education inquiry pdf_icon EPC President, Professor Stephanie Haywood, gave evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee on the 11th of January 2017

The EPC received a number of mentions in the final report of the Committee.

Sep 2016 Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (BIS) – Inquiry on industrial strategy pdf_icon
 Aug 2016 House of Commons Science and Technology Committee – Leaving the EU: Further call for evidence pdf_icon
Jul 2016 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – Accelerated courses and switching university or degree pdf_icon
Jul 2016 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – Teaching Excellence Framework. Technical consultation for year 2 pdf_icon
Mar 2016 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – Review of the Research Excellence Framework pdf_icon
Mar 2016 OfQual AS and A Level Electronics consultation on Conditions and Guidance pdf_icon
Jan 2016 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – Higher education: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice pdf_icon
Jan 2016 OfQual AS and A Level Mathematics and Further Mathematics consultation on Conditions and Guidance pdf_icon


Read the EPC’s submissions to other recent consultations.