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4 Sep 2020

EPC Congress 2020: Hammermen Student Prize - Longlisted posters, Finalist multimedia pitches and Finalist posters

The level of talent this year was outstanding! Please do take a look at the longlisted posters, finalist multimedia pitches and finalist posters all created by the students. We were...

13 Aug 2020

Emerging Stronger: Lasting Impact from Crisis Innovation – a new publication

At the start of 2020, no-one could have known what major changes lay just three months ahead for HE. Yet, here we are living through a pandemic, and in the...

10 Jul 2020

Engineering admissions: share your insights and help us make engineering's voice heard in the national admissions debate.

EPC response to the Office for Students (OfS) consultation on the higher education admissions system in England. In response to both the pending consultation and the uncertainty around this year’s...

25 Jun 2020

Does accreditation help or hinder innovation?

In advance of the EPC's forthcoming live webcast, one of the panellists, Prof Sean Wellington, considers whether the requirements of accreditation help foster new approaches to engineering higher education.

10 Jun 2020

President's Prize announced: Professor John Perkins honoured by the engineering academic community.

The Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC), the representative body of engineering academics in UK universities, has announced that its biennial President’s Prize has been awarded to Prof John Perkins CBE FREng...

25 May 2020

Media release: University engineers across the UK commit expertise and equipment to join coronavirus struggle

Media Release Tales are emerging of the many ways that universities across the UK have stepped up to beat coronavirus and Engineering departments in particular have been at the forefront,...

20 May 2020

Engineering departments and the Covid-19 response

University engineers donate expertise and equipment in coronavirus struggle

6 May 2020

How will the probable collapse in international student numbers as a result of coronavirus affect UK Engineering departments? We’ve crunched the numbers.

We’ve all seen the higher education and national media coverage on the uncertainty around this year’s university admissions following the cancellation of exams and the extended UK-wide lockdown. The worldwide...

5 May 2020

REF 2021 timetable

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here.

5 May 2020

EPC's continued response to Covid 19

Thank you to those members who responded to our latest Covid-19 initiative; a survey to gather details of the activities undertaken by engineering departments and academics in helping the national...

4 May 2020

OfS Consultation on the integrity and stability of the English higher education sector

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here.

18 Feb 2020

GUEST BLOG: Engineers Without Borders UK

Engineers Without Borders UK kindly facilitated the recent EPC Board Retreat discussions on Ethics. Here they tell us about the two design challenges they run at universities.

16 Dec 2019

New approaches to Engineering Higher Education

Best Practice in Engineering Education The EPC has been working with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), academics and industry for over two years to encourage and support changes...

13 Dec 2019

EPC Engineering Enrolments Survey 2019

Firstly, a huge thank you for your contributions to this year's EPC engineering enrolments survey. The survey gives us all an early temperature check of the health of HE undergraduate...

10 Nov 2019

Migration Advisory Committee’s call for evidence on a salary threshold and points-based system

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here.

31 Oct 2019

Compensation and Condonement: Response to proposed accreditation regulations

Read the EPC's response here or here.

10 Oct 2019

Guest blog: Time to Reflect on the Wellbeing of our Engineers

Students’ mental health is a deservedly hot topic in higher education. But is the conversation more difficult when it comes to engineering? Are the challenges greater?

9 Oct 2019

Brexit impact on UK’s engineering education sector: Exploring EU students and staff experiences

The Engineering Professors’ Council and the UCL Centre for Engineering Education are running a research project, funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, that seeks to address and understand the...

8 Sep 2019

Improving Higher Technical Education: Department for Education

View the consultation here. Read Education for Engineering's submission here. Read the supplementary written response on behalf of the EPC here.

17 Aug 2019

Engineering Council Standards Review

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here.

13 Aug 2019

Guest blog: ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’

If you are one of the 125,000+ passengers per day heading through Gatwick South this summer, you may just spot your university’s Leaders Award prototype on the huge hoarding showcase.

6 Aug 2019

Research grants and contracts income

Research grants and contracts income tells us about the sources of research funding. In 2017–18, 23.4% of UK research funding came from international sources. EU funding, which makes up more...

27 Jul 2019

Degree classification

An established regular in university league tables, good honours degrees have, more recently, been in the spotlight as the media and sector grapple with the notion of “grade inflation” and the...

25 Jul 2019

New! DATA BLOG: Grade inflation?

Earlier this month, the OfS published a new release of degree classification data, concluding that the growing proportion of the first and upper second class degrees awarded cannot be fully...

21 Jun 2019

Congress 2019

The theme for this year’s Congress was ‘Engineering Change: surviving and shaping the policy environment’, the programme designed to help our members navigate unprecedented engineering change. Following a fascinating walking...

5 Jun 2019

Blending arts and sciences: gimmick or necessity?

The two culture of arts and sciences are like oil and water, but, asks Prof Mehmet Karamanoglu, could they be mixed? Indeed, perhaps it's essential that we get them to...

31 May 2019

Augar arrives

EPC Chief Executive, Johnny Rich reports on the long-awaited Review of Post-18 Education Funding in England and the possible implications for engineering in HE. At over 200 pages and featuring...

29 May 2019

Guest blog: Compensation and condonement - incoming rules for accredited degrees

By Catherine Elliott, Engineering Council The Engineering Council has updated its policy on compensation and condonement[1], which has resulted in new rules being put in place. The key consideration in...

10 Apr 2019

EPC Elections 2019

NOMINATIONS FOR ELECTION TO THE BOARD OF THE ENGINEERING PROFESSORS’ COUNCIL Honorary Treasurer, Secretary and four elected Ordinary Board Members On the occasion of the AGM, the period of office...

9 Apr 2019

Bid to host EPC Congress in 2020 or 2021

Proposals are invited from higher education Engineering departments to host the Engineering Professors’ Council Annual Congress in 2020 or 2021. ‘Hosting the 2018 Engineering Professors’ Council Congress was a great way to...

4 Apr 2019

OFSTED consultation on the education inspection framework 2019

View the consultation here. Read Education for Engineering's response here.

25 Mar 2019

The impact of Brexit on engineering research funding

  Using exclusive analysis, the EPC has produced an important insight into the impact that Brexit will have on UK engineering research. The findings are far-reaching and disturbing. A briefing...

14 Mar 2019

UKRI consultation on the Knowledge Exchange Framework

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here.

4 Mar 2019

Teaching students to learn for themselves

Dr Sunny Bains, author of a new book on emerging technologies, examines how to support students to make use of the technical literature and to look beyond it. The best...

1 Mar 2019

Independent review of TEF: call for views

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here.

11 Feb 2019

UKSCQA degree classification consultation

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here.

31 Jan 2019

Engineering higher education faces multiple threats, according to new landmark report

A worrying convergence of challenges, outlined in a high-profile report published today, is threatening the vital role of higher education in supporting the UK’s engineering sector, a critical part of...

25 Jan 2019

APPG on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here. Successful influence on APPG lines of inquiry for 2019.

20 Jan 2019

DATA BLOG: First glimpse HESA student data for 2017/18 highlights a decline in part-time, postgraduate, and male enrolments

First glimpse official 2017/8 HESA student data appears static in the Engineering and technology subject group (https://www.hesa.ac.uk/news/17-01-2019/sb252-higher-education-student-statistics/subjects). A closer look at the absolute numbers shows a nominal one-year fall in...

10 Dec 2018

EPC engineering enrolments survey

EPC Engineering Enrolments Survey Results 2018/19 Firstly, a huge thank you for your contributions which the Recruitment and Admissions Forum confirmed are highly valued by our members. You told us...

26 Nov 2018

International Baccalaureate: the perfect preparation for engineers?

This blog has been written for the EPC by Henry Coverdale, Director of Post 16 Education at King Edward's School in Birmingham. Henry was the author of one of the posters...

15 Nov 2018

Applications open for RAEng Engineering Leaders Scholarship

Are your students the next generation of engineering leaders? Undergraduates who are leaders, or act as role models in your institution or their community should be encouraged to apply to...

10 Oct 2018

REF 2021

Read the EPC's response here.

8 Oct 2018

Primary Engineer

Primary Engineer, the organisation which inspires children, pupils and teachers to consider engineering through continued professional development, whole class project work, competitions and exhibitions has partnered with the Engineering Professors’...

5 Oct 2018

DATA BLOG: Will this year's undergraduate engineering intake really be bad news?

An interim assessment of placed UCAS applicants for this autumn highlights that engineering follows a sector-wide slide in placed applicants overall but bucks a sector increase in applicants placed from...

28 Sep 2018

Engineering enrolments survey 2018-19

Download an .xlsx version of the EPC engineering enrolments survey Go to the online survey The EPC's annual engineering enrolment survey gives us all a first glance at engineering enrolments...

9 Sep 2018

Creating a new breed of ‘supergrads’

Creating a new breed of ‘supergrads’ When it comes to new approaches to education, what happens in engineering is the canary in the mine. Along with medicine no discipline more...

5 Sep 2018

Experience enhanced: improving engineering degree apprenticeships

Following its publication of the landmark report calling for changes to degree apprenticeships to deliver a new breed of ‘supergrads’ the EPC has now published all recommendations, including a full...

16 Aug 2018

REF 2021 full EPC member consultation

The UK’s HE funding bodies have set out detailed arrangements for REF 2021 and are seeking views from subject communities on the draft Panel criteria publication developed by the REF...

15 Aug 2018

Guest blog: Does a career in engineering pay?

By Kate Webster, the Engineering Council Engineering students at university are in the ideal place to learn and develop – encouraging them to become professionally registered puts them on a...

7 Aug 2018

The Hammermen Award, the Mongol Rally and Mental Health

In May at the EPC Annual Congress 2018 at Harper Adams University, we announced the winner of this year's Hammermen Student Award, generously sponsored by the Hammermen of Glasgow in...

31 Jul 2018

Home Affairs Committee Post-Brexit migration policy inquiry

View the consultation here. Read the EPC's response here. Ordered to be published on 10 July 2018. Available here.

19 Jun 2018

Chief Executive invites EPC to influence Engineering Council review of UKSPEC

At this year's EPC Congress, Alasdair Coates's invited the EPC - as the representative body of engineering in higher education - to input to the current review that is being...

11 Jun 2018

Engineering Council Review of UKSPEC

Read the EPC's response here.

29 May 2018

New Approaches to Engineering HE: The Six Facets

The EPC and IET are delighted to launch six case study examples for each of the six new approaches. We believe this proves that the required changes can be achieved...

19 May 2018

Women into Engineering

Read Education for Engineering's response here.

12 May 2018

The Department of Education call for evidence to support a Review of Post-18 Education and Funding

Read Education for Engineering's response here.

16 Apr 2018

New RAEng report: The Career Framework for University Teaching

In response to the government's Teaching Excellence Framework, the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) has developed the Career Framework for University Teaching. This report is designed to assist universities in...

10 Apr 2018

Opportunities to influence: Subject level TEF

The Department for Education sought views on the proposed design of the subject-level Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). The TEF aims to recognise and reward excellence in teaching,...

5 Mar 2018

DATA BLOG: The state of engineering? Not too shabby

The supply of skilled engineers may not yet be being met by the education pipeline, but the evidence base required by the sector to make sound strategic decisions is met...

1 Mar 2018

Statement on strike action over USS Pensions

As the EPC represents both institutional members and individuals, we cannot directly take sides in supporting or opposing the current strike action. That said, we understand this is an issue...

5 Feb 2018

DATA BLOG: UCAS Engineering applications down but applications from women up

UCAS’ latest application data released today gives us a first glimpse into this Autumn’s enrolments into HE (15 January deadline). Applications to Engineering (totalling 144½ thousand) are down by 1.7%...

29 Jan 2018

DATA BLOG: New year, new data? Can ageing stats really help today’s strategies?

Last week, UCAS completed its suite of 2017 data when it published detailed stats for last autumn’s undergraduate admissions to the UK’s largest universities and colleges. But while the accepted...

12 Dec 2017

Opportunities to influence: KEF metrics

In advance of a KEF consultation to be launched in the spring of 2018, HEFCE is seeking evidence to the KEF metrics technical advisory group on: suitable existing and potential...

8 Dec 2017

Opportunities to influence: T level consultation

The Department for Education is seeking views on the development of new T level programmes, and how they should be designed to deliver the Sainsbury Panel’s recommendations. The EPC proposes...

8 Nov 2017

Nomination for REF 2021 Engineering Panel

The Engineering Professors' Council is a nominating body for the Research Excellence Framework and, as such, we have been invited to nominate members of the engineering panel. If you would...

14 Oct 2017

Education Select Committee, Value for Money in HE

The House of Commons Education Committee released the written evidence it has received for its inquiry into the value for money of universities, including the EPC’s submission.

28 Sep 2017

Party Conferences 2017

From Johnny Rich, EPC Chief Executive... The Party Conference season is an opportunity to bend the ears of politicians, policymakers and thought leaders at a time when they're relaxed and...

20 Sep 2017

EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2017

This year’s Engineering Professors’ Council Recruitment and Admissions Forum will be held on 15th November at Manchester Metropolitan University. We are delighted to announce not one, but two not-to-be-missed keynote speakers...

12 Sep 2017

Engineering in Society – new module for engineering citizenship

Undergraduate student engineers at UWE Bristol will get the chance to learn about engineering citizenship from September. A new module is being launched to highlight the importance of professional development,...

7 Jun 2017

Conference Report: New Approaches to Engineering in HE

On 22nd May 2017, in association with the IET, the EPC held a landmark conference at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London to lay out a bold new vision...

11 Apr 2017

BEIS, Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper

View the Green Paper here. Read the EPC's response here.

3 Apr 2017

HESA, NewDLHE: The future of graduate outcomes data

Read the EPC's response here.

16 Mar 2017

HEFCE – Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

Read the EPC's response here.   

4 Mar 2017

RAEng response to the Government Green Paper on Industrial Strategy - have your say

The Royal Academy of Engineering is gathering as much opinion and evidence from the engineering community to respond to the Industrial Strategy. There are several ways in which engineers can contribute...

6 Nov 2016

Education Committee – The impact of exiting the European Union on higher education inquiry

Read the EPC's response here. EPC President, Professor Stephanie Haywood, gave evidence to the House of Commons Education Committee on the 11th of January 2017 The EPC received a number of mentions in...

31 Aug 2016

Brexit impact in Engineering Higher Education

Updated 28/03/19 As the political crisis over Brexit continues in Parliament, an exclusive analysis by the Engineering Professors’ Council reveals that a cascade of effects – resulting simply from Brexit’s...

22 Aug 2016

EPC President speaking on Estuary TV

[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="https://epc.ac.uk/uploads/2016/08/The-Art-of-Engineering.mp4"][/video] Acknowledgement: The Culture Zone Engineering Professors' Council (EPC) President, Professor Stephanie Haywood of the University of Hull, appeared on Estuary TV last Friday in a segment...

1 Aug 2016

Lord Stern’s Review of the Research Excellence Framework

President of the British Academy Lord Nicholas Stern was commissioned by the government to carry out the review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The independent report "Building on Success and...

19 Jul 2016

Could your students inspire the engineers of the future?

Teaching physics is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind as a career for an engineering graduate. However, it is a rewarding, valuable and important occupation and engineers...

28 Jun 2016

Professor Helen Atkinson among ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering’

An inaugural list of the top 50 Women in Engineering, featuring former EPC President and University of Leicester Head of Engineering Professor Helen Atkinson, was published in the Daily Telegraph...

15 Jun 2016

“Children as Engineers – Paired Peer Mentors in Primary Schools”

EPC’s Engaging in Engineering Public Engagement Grant Award 2014 At its 2014 Congress, the Engineering Professors' Council launched a public engagement funding call: Engaging in Engineering.  One of the two winning projects...

3 Jun 2016

Challenges of introducing and designing new engineering programmes...

Grant Campbell and Daniel Belton at the University of Huddersfield have just published this useful paper about introducing a new programme in a high cost subject at a time of...

24 May 2016

GEDC Airbus Diversity Award 2016

The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Airbus Diversity Award is sponsored by Airbus and aims to encourage and acknowledge work that inspires students of all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in...

17 May 2016

HE White Paper: Success as a Knowledge Economy published

The much-anticipated Wakeham and Shadbolt Reviews were published this week (16th May) alongside the Higher Education White Paper giving the sector much to chew over. To read the HE White...

17 May 2016

Wakeham Review of STEM Degree Provision and Graduate Employability published

The much-anticipated Wakeham and Shadbolt Reviews were published this week (16th May) alongside the Higher Education White Paper giving the sector much to chew over. Sir William Wakeham, this year's...

17 May 2016

The Shadbolt Review of Computer Sciences Degree Accreditation and Graduate Employability published

The much-anticipated Wakeham and Shadbolt Reviews were published this week (16th May) alongside the Higher Education White Paper giving the sector much to chew over. Sir Richard Shadbolt's report, The...

4 May 2016

EPC President speaking on BBC Look North

Engineering Professors' Council (EPC) President, Professor Stephanie Haywood of the University of Hull, appeared on BBC's Look North last week in a segment about Hull's upcoming Amy Johnson Festival.

18 Apr 2016

University College London partners with Primary Engineer to bring Special Leaders Award to London Schools

The Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL) is one of the EPC member organisations that has been working with Primary Engineer to run the Special Leaders Award programme....

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