The EPC aims to provide a forum within which engineers working in UK higher education can exchange ideas about engineering education and research, and come together to provide an influential voice and authoritative conduit through which engineering departments’ interests can be represented to key audiences such as funders, influencers, employers, professional bodies and Government. See below the various groups and positions you can get involved with as an EPC member.
Part of the work the Engineering Professors’ Council does is delivered via its Committees. The current Committees are: Recruitment and Admissions (RAC); Education, Employability and Skills (EES); and Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (RIKT). They each meet two or three times per year on a perpetual calendar to set out a programme of activities, including a draft dissemination programme and to steer and receive updates on the activities of their smaller task groups. As an EPC member you could get involved in the work of these committees to explore current issues including investigating the reasons underlying unemployment of graduate engineers and improving their employment chances, investigating the contribution of knowledge transfer capability in the academic selection and promotion process, influencing the content of pre-19 qualifications and a whole range of other issues. Highlights of our committees' current and recent work is shown below.
- Nov/Dec 2021 saw a series of three very successful webinar’s organised by RAC, with thought provoking discussions focussing on applications, international students and lifelong learning.
- RAC have also been involved in creating several consultation outcomes.
- The advisory group for the EPC’s RAEng funded Engineering ethics project has already produced phase one of its work; see our engineering ethics toolkit. It is now in its second phase working on producing even more resources to help educators embed ethics into their engineering teaching. Individual volunteers from across our member institutions have been brought together to advise on the deliverables for this project, to ensure a variety of perspectives are heard and considered.
- RIKT have been working tirelessly on the Crucible Project. The committee organised a successful full day online event after shortlisting 25 case studies outlining academic-industry partnerships to be showcased to EPC members. Over 30 unique case studies are now available in our Crucible Project toolkit.
As a representative for your institution you will be our first port of call for all things EPC related. As the key point of liaison between the EPC, your institution and your colleagues (other engineering academics network members) you will be first to hear about new and exciting developments, campaigns and policy news - all of which you can disseminate to your colleagues. You will also be able to represent your colleagues and your institution by voting at the EPC's Annual General Meeting. See more below on how to become an EPC representative.
EPC representatives are determined by each member institution. If you wish to become an EPC rep you will need to notify the current EPC rep and/or the head of department at your institution.
The EPC Discipline-based communities are communities of practice in different engineering disciplines. See below the variety of communities we currently recognise.
You can get involved with any of the activities of our communities which currently include:
- Association of Aerospace Universities (AAU)
- Heads of Chemical Engineering UK (HCEUK)
- Association of Civil Engineering Departments (ACED)
- The Council of Heads and Professors of Computing (CHPC)
- Professors and Head of Electrical Engineering (PHEE)
- Academics in Mechanical Engineering (AiME)
- The Consortium of UK University Manufacturing and Engineering (COMEH)