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22 Feb 2024

EPC engineering enrolments survey: your views are important to us

Every autumn, the EPC conducts a survey of our member universities to determine an indicative snapshot of engineering undergraduate and postgraduate enrolments across the sector. We are grateful to our...

22 Feb 2024

DfE call for evidence on Generative AI in education

The EPC's Education, Employability and Skills Committee responded to The Department for Education (DfE) position on generative AI in and subsequent call for evidence. This was informed by a full...

18 Feb 2024

Latest news from the world of engineering

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...

15 Feb 2024

DfE Advanced British Standard consultation

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...

13 Feb 2024

IfATE Lifelong Learning Entitlement Consultation

Lifelong Learning Entitlement Consultation The Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education is consulting on how the employer stamp of approval should be granted to qualifications funded through the Lifelong Learning...

13 Feb 2024

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) Apprenticeship Public Survey

IfATE has launched an Apprenticeship Public Survey for Engineering & Manufacturing. The survey relates to apprenticeship materials across seven routes (including Business & Administration; Creative & Design; Health & Science;...

5 Feb 2024

Ethics Ambassadors - Leadership team confirmed

The Engineering Professors’ Council is pleased to announce the appointment of the leadership team for its Ethics Ambassadors community. The Ethics Ambassadors community was created in March 2023, to expand...

26 Jan 2024

Compensation and condonement: how far should accreditation go?

Katy Turff, Deputy CEO of the Engineering Council, invites your views on how much flexibility should be built into accredited courses

26 Jan 2024

Maths for Engineering: Do T levels add up?

Read the findings of the EPC's research project into the suitability of the Maths content of T levels as a pathway into engineering

17 Jan 2024

Scoop! EPC Engineering Enrolments Survey Results 2023/24

The results of the of the 2023 EPC Engineering Enrolments survey are now available. Our results can be explored using our members-only Data explorer, through the slide-deck or by reading...

9 Jan 2024

Spotlight on ethics: Power-to-food technologies

Could the shift of food production from soil to chemical industries concentrate power in the hands of a few?

8 Jan 2024

Engineering Ethics Toolkit in the news

Seen #EngineeringEthicsToolkit featured elsewhere? Let us know!

12 Dec 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Financially and politically motivated misinformation about STEM research

Who should be responsible for the messaging and processes for public health decisions?

11 Dec 2023

What can academics do about the physics teacher crisis, and is it their job to do it?

Engineering academics are in a strong position to influence undergraduate students into teaching, which – as academics know – can be a fulfilling and rewarding careers. The EPC is working...

10 Dec 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Glass safety in a heritage building conversion

Do engineers have a responsibility to warn the public if there is a chance of risk?

6 Dec 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Recycled materials and the circular economy

What is circularity, and how does it relate to climate goals or environmental practice? 

30 Nov 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Facial recognition for access and monitoring

This case involves an engineer hired to manage the development and installation of a facial recognition project.

16 Nov 2023

Guest blog / Call for participation: An EME-focused investigation into barriers facing female engineers

Guest blog: Prof. Roger Penlington BEng PGCertAP PhD FSGT FSEDA SFHEA, Department of Mechanical & Construction Engineering at Northumbria University. Seeking to contact female Engineering staff/students who first studied Engineering...

15 Nov 2023

Siemens blog: Tools for sustainability in engineering education (Report from the SEFI Conference 2023)

The European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI)’s Annual Conference was held this year in Dublin under the theme “Sustainability in Engineering Education.” The UK’s Engineering Professors’ Council were present with...

15 Nov 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Neuroethics of brain-computer interfaces

What are the physical, ethical, and social difficulties that could result from the use of devices that have the ability to directly access the brain and decipher some of its...

12 Nov 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Integrating a technical feasibility debate – a new approach to engaging students in ethics in engineering

Encouraging students to engage with the ethical, moral and environmental aspects of engineering in any meaningful way can be a challenge.

9 Nov 2023

Access and Admissions Forum series 2023

Take a look at our latest not-to-be missed event series - not just for admissions tutors! With the biggest HE access change in decades afoot in the form of the...

9 Nov 2023

OfS call for evidence on positive outcomes for students studying on a modular basis

The Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) - enabling student loan support for individual modules - will be introduced for the 2025-26 academic year. In preparation for this change the OfS asked...

9 Nov 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Developing a decarbonisation roadmap

You are given the task of creating a comprehensive decarbonisation roadmap and presenting it at a stakeholder meeting. How do you go about this?

2 Nov 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Protecting data in an auto parts production facility

"What are the legal issues relating to machine condition monitoring? What ethical codes relate to data security and privacy? What responsibilities do engineers have in developing these technologies?" These are some...

1 Nov 2023

Congress at 30: a new approach

Johnny Rich, EPC Chief Executive   2024 will mark the EPC's 30th birthday. Back when it started, activities focused around a single yearly get-together, the Annual Congress. The EPC has...

26 Oct 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Universal and inclusive co-design of the built environment and the transportation systems

"Universal and inclusive co-design of the built environment and transportation systems must be seen as an ethical act in engineering."

24 Oct 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Feasibility of installing heat pumps at scale to reach net zero

You are an engineering consultant working for a commercial heat pump company. The company handles both the manufacture and installation of heat pumps. You have been called in by a...

23 Oct 2023

Engineering Ethics Toolkit - Tell us your experiences

Send us your blogs and testimonials!

16 Oct 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Why integrate ethics in engineering?

If you’d like to improve your own ethics learning, then our guidance article Why integrate ethics in engineering? is a great place to start.

12 Oct 2023

Research Excellence Framework 2028

In June 2023, the four UK higher education funding bodies published key decisions on the high-level design of the next research assessment exercise. The EPC’s Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer...

11 Oct 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Debating the adoption of nuclear energy

This case study asks students to identify and define an open-ended problem in engineering

10 Oct 2023

SEFI Conference 2023 - Engineering ethics workshop

Our workshop at the 2023 SEFI Conference in September.

4 Oct 2023

Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable teaching ethics

We need to move past our discomfort in order to teach ethics in engineering.

30 Sep 2023

Engineering enrolments survey 2023-4

We are excited to launch the EPC engineering enrolment survey 2023/4. The survey will be open throughout October and we encourage each engineering department to respond. If you have completed...

28 Sep 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Balancing risk and benefits when working with offshore contractors

Your contractor might be using forced labour in its workforce. What do you do?

25 Sep 2023

OfS call for evidence on positive outcomes for students studying on a modular basis

The EPC position on this consultation can be found here. The Lifelong Loan Entitlement (LLE) will be introduced for the 2025-26 academic year enabling student loan support for individual modules....

21 Sep 2023

Spotlight on ethics: How to integrate ethics into a module or course

If you’d like to improve your own ethics learning, then our guidance article How to integrate ethics into a module or course is a great place to start.

17 Sep 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Choosing to install a smart meter

Our original case study Choosing to install a smart meter is an example of ‘everyday ethics’. Now we have provided an expansion in the form of a Case enhancement: a technical...

16 Sep 2023

Engineering Ethics Toolkit - Educators' pack

A pack of resources to help you present and promote the Engineering Ethics Toolkit.

14 Sep 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Microplastics in cosmetics

You're an engineering student on an industrial placement year at a company that manufactures cosmetics. You notice that a batch of products might have been contaminated with microplastics. What do...

10 Sep 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Engineers and public protest

As an engineer, you have a duty to ”maximise the public good and minimise both actual and potential adverse effects for their own and succeeding generations”. Should you break the law...

7 Sep 2023

Spotlight on ethics: What is ethics?

"There are three lenses that we can use when thinking about ethics within Engineering: Professional, Theoretical, and Practical." If you'd like to improve your own ethics learning, then our guidance...

6 Sep 2023

OfS invitation to feedback on the Equality of Opportunity Risk Register

The OfS’ invites feedback on the Equality of Opportunity Risk Register. This is an unstructured call with no official deadline The EPC has previously warned the OfS that the EORR...

3 Sep 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Aid vs trade

You're a newly appointed engineer. You're being asked to sell equipment that you believe is entirely unsuitable to a developing country. What do you do?

1 Sep 2023

A focus on...Celebrations

See some of our celebration highlights from the last couple of years, including the EPC President's Prize and more

1 Sep 2023

Contributions sought for the Sustainability Toolkit

For this cycle, this call has now closed. If you have already registered an interest and we are expecting your submission, please do submit your contributions by 3rd November. If...

1 Sep 2023

A focus on...Resources

Within the EPC family, our members have continued to face enormous challenges and the EPC offers thoughtful leadership and representation to ensure we can best support our members in meeting...

1 Sep 2023

A focus on...Blogs

We keep you informed about the latest policy changes, news and events through regular email Bulletins, our website and guest blogs, as well as through access to the exclusive members'...

1 Sep 2023

A focus on...Networking

EPC Online is more than just a our website; it’s a complete overhaul in the way that we communicate with members, upon which many of the key elements on the...

1 Sep 2023

A focus on...Events

Our extensive events programme saw many hundreds of our members access a plethora of free online webcasts and jam-packed in-person events. Click on each of the tabs below to see...

1 Sep 2023

A focus on...Campaigns

Many of our initiatives combine all of our workstreams, informing and supporting our members while also providing a springboard for networking events and guiding our representations to decision makers on...

17 Aug 2023

OfS consultation on inclusion of Higher Technical Qualifications in student outcome measures

The Office for Students (OfS) is consulting on the introduction of a separate “split indicator” for higher technical qualifications (HTQs) to enable the regulation of student outcomes. HTQs are L4...

21 Jul 2023

Siemens blog: Siemens Skills for Sustainability Network supporting the development of new Sustainability Toolkit

Earlier this month, we provided updates on our Sustainability Toolkit at The Siemens Skills for Sustainability Network Global Online Gathering. A blog post about the event has been published by...

6 Jul 2023

Hammermen David K. Harrison Award - Congratulations to winner Charlie Wilson

The EPC has announced the winner of the 2023 Hammermen Student Prize

3 Jul 2023

Research Excellence Framework 2028

In June 2023, the four UK higher education funding bodies published key decisions on the high-level design of the next research assessment exercise. The EPC's Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer...

3 Jul 2023

DfE call for evidence on Generative AI in education

The EPC response to this consultation can be found here. The Department for Education (DfE) published a position on generative AI in education in March and have now issued a...

29 Jun 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Business growth models in engineering industries within an economic system

We have provided an expansion in the form of a Case enhancement: defending a profit-driven business versus a non-profit-driven business.

21 Jun 2023

Imagine an engineer...

For engineering to focus on meeting future challenges, we will continue to need the traditional engineering scientists, but we will also need to expand our legions of design engineers to...

20 Jun 2023

Innovation: New ideas and new people

On Monday 12th June 2023, the EPC was honoured that Prof Dame Athene Donald DBE, FRS HonFInstP delivered a public lecture as part of the Engineering Academics Network Annual Congress...

16 Jun 2023

Guidance issued by the Engineering Council: University strikes and marking boycott

Industrial action affecting recognised programmes: interruption to recognised programme delivery and/or assessment. Guidance for professional engineering institutions, education providers, and awarding organisations. The Engineering Council and Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs)...

15 Jun 2023

Media release: Engineering Professors’ Council launches new educational resource 

An online resource that helps educators to build ethics directly into their engineering teaching.  

14 Jun 2023

Enjoyed annual Congress this year? Bid now for the 2025 Congress to come to you.

Proposals are invited from higher education Engineering departments to host the Engineering Professors’ Council Annual Congress in 2025. The deadline for submissions is Monday, 31st October 2023.

9 Jun 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Developing a school chatbot for student support services

Developing a school chatbot for student support services, addresses the ethical issues of bias, social responsibility, risk and privacy.

5 Jun 2023

Help! I’m teaching Engineering Ethics for the first time!

Dr. Jude Bramton of the University of Bristol discusses her first-hand experience of using the Engineering Ethics Toolkit.

3 Jun 2023

EPC consultations policy

The EPC will follow one of four pathways to prepare consultation responses: Full consultation Representative consultation Executive consultation No collective response The EPC Executive will decide which pathway to use...

30 May 2023

How to get more from your EPC membership

Every EPC member has their very own My EPC page, which can be customised for better benefits. Please take two minutes to go to My EPC and update your profile.

30 May 2023

Spotlight on ethics: Embedding equity, diversity and inclusion into a professional engineer’s lifestyle

"There is a great need to advocate for fellow engineers providing places to belong and empowering them to thrive in their chosen profession and career pathways. This includes people who...

24 May 2023

Add your experience to EPC's fun snap survey ahead of our New models showcase in June

With the­ event in the engineering academic calendar fewer than three weeks away, we are keen to gauge the network’s temperature around New models, this year’s EAN Congress theme. The...

17 May 2023

Four Hereford hotspots you’ll want to visit at EAN Congress in under four weeks' time

New kid on the block NMITE welcomes us to Hereford for Congress 2023: New models. We introduce four of Hereford’s best venues, on offer to all EAN members during Congress....

29 Apr 2023

UCAS: Future of undergraduate admissions (personal statements)

Earlier this year, UCAS shared plans to reform the personal statement to a series of questions. You can read UCAS’ Future of Undergraduate Admissions report here. It was clear from...

24 Apr 2023

Call for participation: Innovative and inclusive assessments

Assessment change in the current climate cannot be mentioned without mentioning the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). So, if you think you have something to share on JEDI assessment design changes...

19 Apr 2023

In development: Sustainability Toolkit

We are excited to inform you that we are starting work on a Sustainability Toolkit, to be launched around the beginning of 2024. We are grateful to receive support and...

17 Apr 2023

House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee Inquiry into the Office for Students (OfS)

The EPC has responded to the House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee inquiry into the Office for Students (OfS), the regulator of the higher education sector in England. The...

5 Apr 2023

Sustainability Toolkit Steering Group Questionnaire

This questionnaire is for members of the Sustainability Toolkit Steering Group.

4 Apr 2023

Call for papers: UK and Ireland Engineering Education Research Network Annual Symposium

The UK & Ireland EERN is pleased to announce that their Annual Symposium is back ‘live and in person’ following their virtual events of recent times. Building on the success...

27 Mar 2023

Engineering Ethics Toolkit - Letting students flex their ethical muscles

Dr Matthew Studley looks at using case studies from the Engineering Ethics Toolkit to engage students.

17 Mar 2023

Introducing the EAN Briefing

We are thrilled to announce EPC’s new, dynamic Engineering Academics Network Briefing, our members' Bulletin service within the EPC Online – our new website and integrated membership services platform. This is...

17 Mar 2023

House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee Inquiry into the Office for Students (OfS)

The EPC response to this consultation can be found here. The House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee is launching an inquiry into the Office for Students (OfS), the regulator...

3 Mar 2023

Engineering UK Inquiry call for evidence – Fit for the future: Growing and sustaining engineering and technology apprenticeships for young people

The EPC has responded to the Engineering UK Inquiry call for evidence – Fit for the future: Growing and sustaining engineering and technology apprenticeships for young people. The aims of...

21 Feb 2023

The EPC Hammermen Student Awards: get involved

Help your students celebrate their success through the coveted EPC Hammermen Student Prize. There is a cash award of up to £500 and FIVE totally free places at the 2023...

20 Feb 2023

From engineering graduate to physics teacher: Georgina shares her story

In the face of the critical shortage of Physics teachers, some Engineering graduates are pursuing the chance to teach and inspire the next generation. Read Georgina Smith's journey of becoming a...

16 Feb 2023

RAEng Visiting Professors Scheme 2023: applications open

Each year the Royal Academy of Engineering provides funding to universities for visiting professors from the engineering sector to support the learning of the next generation of engineers. If you've...

9 Feb 2023

UCAS: Future of undergraduate admissions (personal statements)

The EPC response to this consultation can be found here.UCAS has recently shared plans to reform the personal statement to a series of questions. You can read UCAS’ Future of...

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