Recent events

Recordings and presentations from key EPC events are available below.

EPC Congress 2020 – Industry and Academia: supercharging the crucible

8th September, Keynote: Prof Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University
‘What it really means to be excellent in teaching in collaboration with industry’

Reflecting on his experiences as Chair of TEF and Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, Sir Chris outlines what excellence means and the importance of learning being embedded in wider experience of the workplace.

8th September, Public lecture: Adam Hart-Davis, scientist, author, historian and broadcaster
‘What makes Britain great?’

The endlessly entertaining and ineffably affable broadcaster, scientist and historian Adam Hart-Davis timely provides a timely reflection on how Britain came to be great through engineering and ingenuity and where the nation is now.

11th September Panel discussion: Two cultures 
Chair: Johnny Rich, EPC Chief Executive
Prof Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University
Michael Hill-King, University Engagement, Huawei
Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)
Prof David Docherty OBE, former Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities & Business (NCUB)

The idea of ‘The Two Cultures’ comes from CP Snow’s celebrated lecture in the 1950s in which he argued that the arts and sciences had drifted into distinct modes of thought and, as a result, they themselves and wider society saw them as in mutual opposition. We have adopted the reference to ‘two cultures’, to explore whether the new division is between the worlds of business and academia. 
 
This panel session discussed the cultural divide between industry and academia that throws up barriers to better collaboration. We explored whether that divide is real and, if it is, why. Do the cultural differences between the sectors impede collaboration or even create opportunities to learn from each other? Our expert panelists draw on their experience about how the divide may be bridged, especially in the context of engineering.

11th September, Debate: We believe that work-related learning needs to be in the workplace 
Chair:Prof Colin Turner, EPC President and Interim Dean of Learning Enhancement, Ulster University
For the proposition: 
• Stuart HarperHead of Engineering Excellence, Magna Specialist Confectioners
• Conor Moss, 
Dean of Work Based Learning, SHU
Against the proposition: 
• Prof Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Chief Executive, NMiTE
• Dr Ian Palmer, Dean, Escape Studios, Pearson College London

The panel interrogated the question of whether students learn best about the world of work on the job (or at least through experience in the workplace). There was plenty of opportunity for contributions from the audience and a vote at the end.

18th September, Keynote: Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Chair of Council, The Dyson Institute
‘Industry and academia: meeting the challenges’

Mary Curnock Cook is one of the UK’s leading voices on all aspects of higher education and, as Chair of the Dyson Institute, she is also at the helm of one of the country’s most innovative centres of engineering education. This keynote address draws together some of the themes of the Congress and reflect them forward in terms of key challenges for Engineering academics, industry and other stakeholders who might help shape the future. 

To view other presentation recordings from Congress, please email us for a secure link. The full programme is available here.

Webinar series

Select the posters below to access the recordings.

Accreditation & Innovation: New Approaches in Higher Education: 14th July 2020
Digitally Skilled: New Approaches to HE: 17th June 2020
The EPC Presidents’ Prize Address: 5th June 2020
Accreditation Under Lockdown: 22nd May 2020
Meet Sir Mark Walport, 7th April 2020

Other EPC events

November 2019Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2019University of Wales Trinity St David
May 2019
EPC Annual Congress 2019: Engineering Change
University College London
November 2018Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2018Sheffield Hallam University
May 2018EPC Annual Congress 2018: Fit for the Future
Harper Adams University
November 2017Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2017Manchester Metropolitan University
September 2017EPC Annual Congress 2017: Beyond BordersUniversity of Coventry
May 2017New Approaches to Engineering in Higher Education
The IET, Savoy Place, London
November 2016Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2016Institution of Mechanical Engineers
September 2016EPC Annual Congress 2016: The Art of EngineeringUniversity of Hull
November 2015Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2015Institution of Mechanical Engineers
April 2015EPC Annual Congress 2015: Skills for ImpactUniversity of Salford
November 2014Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2014Institution of Mechanical Engineers
April 2014EPC Annual Congress 2014: Engaging in EngineeringUniversity of Glasgow
November 2013Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2013Institution of Civil Engineers
April 2013EPC Annual Congress 2013: Engineering in Higher Education: Investing for ImpactUniversity of Portsmouth
November, 2012Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2012Royal Academy of Engineering
April 2012EPC Congress 2012University of Leicester
April 2011EPC Congress 2011London South Bank University
April 2010EPC Congress 2010Loughborough University
April 2009EPC Congress 2009Heriot-Watt University
April 2008EPC Congress 2008University of Warwick
March 2007EPC Congress 2007University of Leeds