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19th February 2024: New event – AI Ethics, Risk and Safety Conference
Our Ethics Ambassador Karin Rudolph, with her company Collective Intelligence, has organised a one-day conference which will bring together businesses and organisations to discuss, share best practices and learn about the upcoming regulations, standards, case studies, and the resources available for businesses. Follow the link to find out more.

15th February 2024: EPC response to proposed 16-19 qualifications reforms (feedback requested)
The Department for Education (DfE) is seeking to introduce a new Baccalaureate-style qualification framework for 16 to 19 year-olds, the Advanced British Standard (ABS), over the next decade. This is far reaching reform of A levels and T levels as we know them, and a cull of other level 3 qualifications to improve the overall education system to become better suited for the modern landscape of society within the UK. A formal consultation sets out proposals on the way the ABS could work.

We would like to invite your feedback to help the EPC lead an Engineering sector response on Chapter 3 – specifically assessment and grading – as we recognise this has an important impact on engineering HE access and admissions. Please can you review the EPC’s draft work to date before 29th February; it is quite involved so please allow some time to look at this.

14th February 2024: New event – Identifying threshold concepts in undergraduate mathematics teaching
Our Ethics Ambassadors co-chair, Rehan Shah, has organised an LMS teaching and learning workshop in HE to identify and examine the implications of threshold concepts in undergraduate mathematics modules. Follow the link to find out more.

12th February 2024: New SEFI journal launched
The “SEFI Journal of Engineering Education Advancement” has now launched giving an additional publication route for those practice based innovations and smaller projects that don’t meet the requirements of the main EER journals. Follow the link to find out more.

1st February 2024: Ottoline Leyser to step down as UKRI chief executive next year
The chief executive of UK Research and Innovation is not seeking a second term of office and will step down at the end of June 2024. You can read the full article from Research Professional News here.

31st January 2024: Engineering Council invites views on compensation and condonement
The Engineering Council is inviting responses to a survey on ‘compensation’ and ‘condonement’: the guidelines under which flexibility is allowed in the assessment of accredited courses. Engineering Council Deputy CEO, Katy Turff, has written a guest blog for the EPC website to explain their thinking.

19th January 2024: Educating the educators – why the UK’s engineering teachers need reskilling too
In an article recently published in E&T (The IET), Sarah Jayne Hitt, the Project Manager of our Engineering Ethics Toolkit and Sustainability Toolkit, discusses the importance of reskilling educators.

Read the article in full: Educating the educators – why the UK’s engineering teachers need reskilling too

19th December 2023 – Call for the next UK&I EERN symposium – Deadline for papers EXTENDED to 5th Feb
For EERN members, the organising committee are pleased to announce that the 2024 UK and Ireland EERN Annual Symposium will take place at the Ulster University Belfast campus on the 17th and 18th June.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “Beyond Boundaries: Inclusive, Sustainable and Outward Looking Engineering Education” and we would like to invite you to submit abstracts for review.

You can find further details in the attached call document below. As normal we welcome research papers, concept papers and practice papers as well as workshops and panel sessions. We will distribute the call for abstracts through the EPC and other channels, and please encourage colleagues to submit abstracts for review.

EERN2024 Call for abstracts

13th December 2023 – Call For Materials // GlobalEngineer Bulletin
Materials are currently being accepted for the GlobalEngineer: IFEES-GEDC Bulletin. If you are interested in sharing events, updates, insights, or articles with our global network of engineering educators and stakeholders, please submit by December 20, 2023 by following this link.

To read the most recent issue of the GlobalEngineer Bulletin, click here.

7th December 2023 – New review published on STEM clubs increasing aspirations for engineering and tech careers
EngineeringUK has today released a new report which brings together the available evidence on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) clubs and their ability to increase students’ aspirations for engineering and technology careers.

The full report – ‘Rapid Evidence Review – STEM clubs and their ability to increase students’ aspirations for engineering and technology careers’- is available to download here.

29th November 2023 – PGR support request
We have a request for help.
Youn is a PhD student at the University of Warwick conducting research about the evaluation of STEM outreach programmes. His study seeks to gather insight from key stakeholders involved in STEM outreach, including outreach providers and teachers, to better understand evaluation of STEM outreach programmes. In the spirit of support please consider responding. You can access the participants information sheet here. Information leaflet for participants

‘Have you been involved in STEM outreach evaluation?

We’re looking for individuals who have previously been involved in STEM outreach (preferably in evaluation) to participate in a short online study. This study is part of a PhD research project from Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick which seeks to better understand evaluation of STEM outreach programmes, by gathering insight from key stakeholders involved in STEM outreach, including outreach providers and teachers.

If you would be interested in taking part in this study, please fill in this online questionnaire.

If you have any queries or would like to find out more about the study, feel free to get in touch via email: youn.affejee@warwick.ac.uk

21st November 2023 – IET report on neurodiversity in engineering and technology
A 2022 IET survey found that almost one in five people from the IET Volunteer community who responded (19%) identified as definitely or possibly neurodivergent. Later that year the IET commissioned further qualitative research to build greater understanding and awareness of the lived experiences of neurodivergent engineers and technicians, and to identify how a more inclusive environment could be created. The IET’s report presents the findings of that study, drawing largely on insights obtained from a series of focus groups held during the Spring of 2023. To access the report, click here.

16th November 2023 – EngineeringUK launches climate schools programme to inspire next generation of engineers
EngineeringUK has announced it’s launching an innovative brand-new pilot programme for schools – designed to help students explore solutions to tackling climate change and discover how engineers and engineering and technology are a key part of this. The Climate Schools Programme will initially run as a pilot from January to July 2024. During this time the programme model will be tested to understand the feasibility of a teacher-led programme that aims to link climate education across the curriculum, and will be iterated to respond to need. Schools can register their interest to take part from January 2024, or September 2024. Also launching this week are a brand-new set of green careers postcards for students. Hosted by Neon, the set of 6 postcards show young people how engineers transform the way we travel, eat, use, power things, build and breathe.

For more information visit: Climate Schools Programme
To download the Neon green careers postcards visit: Neon careers resources

30th October 2023 – Student demand for Engineering FE course outstrips supply 
Troubling research from the Association of Colleges (the representative body of most of the UK’s further education sector) suggests that despite skills gaps, 22% of FE colleges have waiting lists for Engineering courses.

29th September 2023 – Engineering Documentary
Blink Films are producing a series for National Geographic called Disaster Autopsy. The show looks at major events in modern history and using expert interviews and CGI, analyses their causes and chain of events. The stories will need a range of expertise across structural, mechanical, aerospace and nuclear engineering. They are particularly hoping to speak to any engineers with an American accent as it is for a US channel. This is a paid opportunity. If this is of interest and you would like further details, please contact the Story Producer, Fred Jacobsen by email – fred.jacobsen@blinkfilmsuk.com

29th September 2023 – RAEng Invitation to Tender: Calibrating Future Curricula
As part of its policy project Engineer 2030, which is exploring engineering skills needs and whether we’re able to meet them, the Royal Academy of Engineering is seeking proposals for a review of how engineering higher education curricula have served practicing engineers and technicians in the early stages of their career.  To learn more and submit a bid by the deadline of 11/10/23, click here (NB. it is currently the second opportunity showing on the page). There will be a virtual Q&A session for bidders on 4/10/23.

29th September 2023 – Systems Change Lab launched to help Engineering education change the world
On Friday 15 September, 50+ change makers from 20 universities came together to explore how to embed global responsibility in engineering degrees, as part of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Engineers Without Borders UK’s first Systems Change Lab. The EPC was well represented. Read more here and get involved.

28th September 2023 – Consultation season is upon us, have your say.
With no less than three OfS consultations currently open (on the regulatory implications of the LLE and for feedback on the Equality of Opportunity Risk Register) see what’s new on our New consultations page.

28th September 2023 – New online event – Neurodiversity: all in for engineering, Wednesday 11th October 2023
This webinar is an opportunity to harness our community for change, to draw from expertise, experience and positive initiatives to address diverse needs and to better understand the contributions that a neurodiverse community makes to engineering. Book here.

1st September 2023 – EPC Annual review
The EPC annual review touches upon all of our activities and achievements during the past year and beyond. Now available here.

29th August 2023 – ICL Conference in Madrid, Spain, 26-29th September
Colleagues may be interested in the forthcoming 26th International Conference of Interactive Collaborative Learning and 52nd IGIP International Conference on Engineering Pedagogy happening together at the NH Hotel Madrid Ventas in Madrid next month. The title is “Towards a Hybrid, Flexible and Socially Engaged Higher Education” and further details are available here.

28th July 2023 – Engineering Ethics Educators’ Pack
The Engineering Ethics Toolkit is a suite of interactive resources, guidance and teaching materials that enables educators to easily introduce ethics into the education of every engineer. We would like to ensure that all universities with Engineering departments are aware of the toolkit and able to make use of it. To this end, we’ve produced a pack of resources that can be distributed to relevant departments and staff members such as Engineering department heads, staff and administrators, as well as Vice-Chancellors, Deans, and anyone else who may find our resource useful in teaching or curriculum development.

We would be very grateful if you could share these resources, and encourage you to explore and use them in your teaching.

Read more here, or download the pack from here.

16th June 2023 – The Joint Council for Qualifications – AI Use in Assessments: Protecting the Integrity of Qualifications 
The Joint Council for Qualifications has published a guidance document to provide teachers/assessors involved in delivering JCQ qualifications with the information they need to manage the use of AI in assessments. Click here to read the full guidance document.

12th June 2023 – Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress
Are you attending the EPC’s Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress this week? Don’t forget to tag us in your social media posts – @EngProfCouncil on Twitter, with the hashtags #EPCCongress23 #EANCongress23

23rd May 2023 – Siemens Skills for Sustainability Network – Global Online Gathering
Join Siemens at their first global online gathering on Wednesday 7th June to learn about the Sustainability Toolkit, hear news from the network, and connect with sustainability-engaged educators from around the world. Siemens is excited to welcome a guest speaker, Sarah Jayne Hitt, Ph.D. SFHEA and Project Manager for the Engineering Professors Council (EPC) Sustainability Toolkit. More information here.

28th April 2023 – Support research on Academic Career Profiles
Prof Roger Pennington, Vice Chair of EERN,  brings us news of a research project on academic career profiles. The project is looking for academics to share their experience through a short questionnaire.

11th April 2023 – EERN call for papers: final reminder
UK and Ireland Engineering Education Research Network Annual Symposium invites the submission of abstracts for presentation at The Student Experience: From Evolution to Revolution? The contribution of pedagogical research in enhancing engineering education. Following numerous requests, EERN have decided to extend the deadline for submitting a 500 word abstract to 1700 hours on 17th April.

6th April 2023 – Unsubscribing from mailing lists; ICS/iCal files
Due to a recent website glitch, some members’ mailing list subscribe and unsubscribe requests may not have been saved. Our web development team are aware of this issue and are working to resolve it. If you are an EPC member, you can check and change your subscription settings on your My EPC profile. There has also recently been an issue with the ICS/iCal files on our events showing the wrong time, and this has now have been resolved. We apologise for any inconvenience that these glitches may have caused, and thank those members that flagged them up. Please do continue to tell us about any new issues that you find, as we continue to add new features to EPC Online.

31st March 2023: Engineering Ethics – Launching new toolkit content webinar recording
The recording of our Engineering Ethics webinar is now available on the event page, in the ‘Recording’ tab.

16th March 2023: Department for Science, Innovation and Technology Chief Scientific Advisor vacancy
Of a sort. We thought we’d point out that the post is vacant in the spirit of driving Engineering influence on the post. More information here.

16th March 2023: Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity Impact Grants
Congratulations to the eight EPC member universities (Bath, Bristol, Canterbury Christ Church, Dundee, Hertfordshire, Teesside, Ulster and UWE Bristol) who have been awarded grants of between £61,000 and £100,000 to support projects that address the unequal outcomes experienced by their students from diverse and underrepresented groups studying engineering. More details.

13th March 2023: Engineering Ethics – Launching new toolkit content webinar
Join us for an introduction to the new engineering ethics resources available in our Engineering Ethics Toolkit. This event is free and open to both EPC members and non-members. Register now.

22nd February 2023: Sustainability survey
The Institution of Structural Engineers has just launched its Sustainability Skills Survey for 2023. Please take a few moments to fill it out. The findings are likely to be useful to a major project that the EPC will be starting shortly to create a toolkit of resources to support teaching about sustainability within Engineering degrees.

15th February 2023: Research opportunity
We’ve received news that NMiTE is leading a consortium of partners that has been awarded funding for a collaborative enhancement project by the Quality Assurance Agency entitled “When Quality Assurance meets Innovation in Higher Education”. It will explore how higher education institutions are balancing the important need for QA processes with the need to support innovation as part of teaching enhancement in a timely manner. They are seeking a fixed-term, part-time research assistant/associate to support the partners in the project work, with a fixed-fee of £10,000 available.

14th February 2023: Happy Valentine’s Day!
AI bot ChatGPT has written a “Shakespearean” sonnet for Valentine’s Day. But is it any good?
Listen to a reading by Charles Dance and decide for yourself.

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