Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2016

The annual Recruitment and Admissions Forum took place at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers on 9th November 2016 convened by EPC Recruitment and Admissions Sub-Committee chair, Professor Mike Bramhall, and Deputy Chair, Dr Georgina Harris.

The Forum started with three presentations by Dr Peter Main (Kings College), Kevin Lord (Further Maths Support Programme) and Dr Geoff Parks (University of Cambridge) on the changes to mathematics and physics, as well as future implications for recruitment to engineering courses.

This was followed by the results of the EPC’s 2016/17 early survey of enrolments, for both undergraduate and postgraduate taught, presented by Dr Inês Direito, EPC’s Policy and Research Officer. A briefing paper with the headline findings (by mission group, size of department, and engineering discipline) can be found here. The last session of the morning was presented by Dr John Davies (University of Glasgow), on the flow of students across the UK nations and focusing on Scotland universities; and Dr Andrew Thorn (Trinity St David University, Swansea), on the implications of leaving the European Union.

EPC Executive Director Johnny Rich delivered a presentation on how students choose, based on his work as Chief Executive of student advice and outreach organisation Push. Anita Sandham and two international students, showcased Sheffield Hallam University recruitment strategies based on different students needs and expectations. Finally, Dr Rob Lawlor (University of Leeds) presented the “Engineering in Society” e-book and highlighted the importance of providing a wider perspective of the engineering profession to encourage a broader range of students to consider studying engineering.

The speakers’ presentations may be downloaded here and members may access a range of student enrolments, application trends and analysis via the Members’ Portal. If you have forgotten your password, please contact us.

Programme Download presentation
Workshop 1 – Changes to Mathematics and Physics Dr Geoff Parks, University of Cambridge

Dr Peter Main, Head of Physics, Kings College London

Kevin Lord, Further Maths Support Programme




Results of 2016 EPC Early Enrolments Survey Dr Inês Direito, Policy and Research Officer, Engineering Professors’ Council pdf_icon
Workshop 2 – How are the trends in enrolment going to inform our future planning?  Dr John Davies, University of Glasgow

Dr Andrew Thorn , Trinity St David University, Swansea



 How do students choose? Johnny Rich, Executive Director, Engineering Professors’ Council pdf_icon
 Workshop 3 – Recruiting international students: Understanding the differences in global markets Anita Sandham, Marketing Manager, International Development, Sheffield Hallam University pdf_icon
 Workshop 4 – Beyond the Technical: Encouraging More Students to Study Engineering Dr Rob Lawlor,
Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, University of Leeds