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

UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee inquiry into UK Science, Research and Technology Capability and Influence in Global Disease Outbreaks

Once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed its peak, the Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the place of UK research, science and technology in the national and global response, and what lessons should be learned for the future. Some of this touches upon the engineering departments’ EPC Covid-19 survey responses.

There is not currently a deadline to this call for evidence.

UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee inquiry into a new UK research funding agency

The December 2019 Queen’s Speech set out the Government’s intention for:

a new approach to funding emerging fields of research and technology. It will provide long term funding to support visionary high-risk, high-pay off scientific, engineering, and technology ideas

The October 2019 Queen’s Speech briefing note explained that this would be “broadly modelled” on the US ARPA. The US Government’s ‘Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’ (DARPA), which evolved from ARPA, employs ‘programme managers’ on 3–5 year contracts to fund high-risk, high-reward research. Its budget in financial year 2019–20 was approximately £2.65bn.

The March 2020 Budget stated that the Government would “invest at least £800 million” in this “blue skies” funding agency, which would fund “high risk, high reward science”.

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee will inquire formally into the nature and purpose of this new UK research funding agency.

The Committee welcomes written submissions by Tuesday 30 June to inform the Government’s thinking behind the nature and purpose of ARPA and how it fits into the existing research and innovation ecosystem.

The EPC is considering its approach to this consultation.

Immigration White Paper

The EPC’s campaign in response to the Immigration White Paper is ongoing. We welcomed the September 2019 announcement that work visas for foreign graduates be extended to two years and will continue to work with stakeholders to make sure the proposed new fast-track visa for science meets the needs of the UK’s engineering and research community. EPC’s concerns now focus on the £30k salary threshold (the policy should not exclude the invaluable technicians and early career researchers potentially excluded from this solution) and the deposit. If you think we should be raising further points, please contact us.

Submitted Consultations

Date  Consultation Response Outcomes
May 2020 OfS consultation on the integrity and stability of the English higher education sector pdf_icon
May 2020 REF 2021 timetable pdf_icon
November 2019 Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on a salary threshold and points-based system pdf_icon
October 2019 Compensation and Condonement: Response to proposed accreditation regulations pdf_icon Engineering Council response
September 2019 Improving Higher Technical Education: Department for Education pdf_iconpdf_icon
August 2019 Engineering Council Standards Review pdf_icon
May 2019 Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation: call for evidence pdf_icon
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.