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13 Apr 2016

IET's Engineering and Technology magazine: "Brexit: science, engineering and technology says no"

The IET's Engineering and Technology magazine reported on the EPC's and Campaign for Science and Engineering (Case) report, published in December, this week following attendance at EPC's AGM last week,...

7 Apr 2016

Engineering Professors' Council President's Prize 2016

Over 50 senior staff from university engineering departments across the UK gathered for the Engineering Professors' Council's Annual General Meeting yesterday (6th April, 2016) at Senate House, University of London...

18 Mar 2016

OfQual AS and A Level Electronics consultation on Conditions and Guidance

Read the EPC's response here.

1 Feb 2016

Engineering UK: State of Engineering 2016

Engineering UK has published its annual round-up of ‚Äúthe State of Engineering‚ÄĚ. Its three overriding messages are: that¬†engineering and skilled engineers make a significant contribution¬†to the UK economy and its...

28 Jan 2016

Our position on the TEF

Thanks to all those who took the time to let us have their thoughts on the proposals for the Teaching Excellence Framework - and particularly to those who took part...

16 Dec 2015

AS and A level reform: regulations for maths and further maths

Earlier this month, OfQual launched one of a series of consultations on AS and A level reform - specifically on maths, further maths and design and technology. This consultation is...

14 Dec 2015

The role of EU membership in UK science and engineering research

The Engineering Professors' Council and CaSE¬†launched a joint report in December, 2015¬†on the ‚ÄėRole of EU membership in UK science and engineering research‚Äô. ¬†Download the press release. The full report...

25 Nov 2015

Comprehensive Spending Review

Quick summary of today's CSR The government will protect the £4.7 billion science budget in real terms over the Parliament. Engineering mentions: Support will be provided to secure launch funding...

1 Nov 2015

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry on the influence of EU membership on UK science

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry on the influence of EU membership on UK science

30 Oct 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Inquiry into quality assessment in Higher Education

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Inquiry into quality assessment in Higher Education

29 Oct 2015

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - have your say

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) As we write, we’re still waiting for the much-trailed Green Paper from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which, alongside other issues which we’re...

29 Oct 2015

The public PhD viva

In his article in the Times Higher on 22nd October, UCL’s Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of the Doctoral School, David Bogle, examines the concept of the public PhD...

29 Sep 2015

Engineering conversion course pilot scheme ‚Äď Invitation to bid for funding

HEFCE is inviting applications for new  funding to support the development of conversion courses in engineering (England only). This pilot scheme aims to help the higher education sector develop more...

28 Sep 2015

EPC former President Helen Atkinson meets Will.I.Am

September 15/16 2015 The Chinese Academy of Engineering recently hosted a major international summit on Global Grand Challenges, a series inspired by the  NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering , 14 ambitious goals...

25 Sep 2015

The European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI) invites feedback on position paper on engineering skills

SEFI invites comments and feedback on this Position Paper and a longer discussion paper which will be  available at  www.sefi.be  from  October.  Input  will  be  reviewed  by  the  SEFI  Working ...

18 Sep 2015

Programme analysis of HEFCE’s Postgraduate Support Scheme: Final report published

HEFCE has now published its report on the Postgraduate Support Scheme pilot. EPC members will recall that Paul Wakeling of the University of York was commissioned to conduct an evaluation...

14 Sep 2015

Consultation on GCSE and A level Statistics

Dear all Consultations are also open on GCSE and A level Statistics.  Please find links to both below: Ofqual consultation DfE consultation

10 Sep 2015

Consultation on reform of GCSE, AS and A level Electronics qualifications

Dear all, It was announced this morning that DfE has confirmed that the development work for the reformed GCSE, AS and A level Electronics qualifications will continue through to the...

21 Aug 2015

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry on the science budget

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry on the science budget

31 Jul 2015

Children as Engineers - inspiring a generation...

‚ÄúI've really enjoyed this project because not only did I feel like I was teaching a class, I felt like I was teaching a generation.‚ÄĚ Student Engineer At its 2014...

30 Jul 2015

New GCSEs, AS and A levels for first teaching from 2017 - Engineering

These consultations ask for views on reformed subject content for a number of GCSE, AS and A level subjects which will be first taught in schools from 2017. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/gcse-and-a-level-reform-content-for-teaching-from-september-2017 and...

30 Jul 2015

GCSE reform: Design and Technology

This consultation seeks views on proposed subject content for GCSE design and technology which will be introduced for first teaching from September 2017. The proposed subject content requirements will become...

30 Jul 2015

Pathways to success in engineering degrees and careers

The Royal Academy of Engineering has, this month, published its report "Pathways to success in engineering degrees and careers".  Members will recall the author, Dr Tim Bullough, of the University...

10 Jul 2015

Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation

HM Treasury has published the report "Fixing the foundations: creating a more prosperous nation" or the Government's "productivity plan". In it, the Government says it will support the "fast spreading"...

9 Jul 2015

"Metrics cannot replace peer review in the next REF..."

The findings of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management have been published, concluding that "no set of numbers is likely to be able...

2 Jul 2015

Dowling Review of Business-University Collaboration

Dame Ann Dowling DBE FREng FRS has now published her Review of Business-University Research Collaboration, to which the Engineering Professors' Council was one of very many contributors from across industry...

30 Jun 2015

Re-engineering engineering education

“Young people are like wet cement. Thinking in a systems way, thinking across disciplines and across political boundaries, is something that will be easier to teach if we start with...

19 Jun 2015

BIS acknowledges work of EPC and RAEng in Perkins Review work

Asked by David Simpson (Upper Bann) Asked on: 10 June 2015 Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Engineering 1985 To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what plans...

15 Jun 2015

The Engineers Without Borders Challenge - a view from the judging panel - "I was impressed"

Like many academics, I have often struggled to know quite how to engage students so that they learn something of the essence of engineering, rather than simply turning the handle...

11 Jun 2015

Wakeham Review of STEM degree accreditation and graduate employability

The announcement of the Government’s science and innovation strategy in December included a commission to establish a general review of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and a specific review...

29 May 2015

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Postgraduate study: student loans and other support

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Postgraduate study: student loans and other support

29 May 2015

RAEng's industrial secondment success for EPC members

Congratulations to seven EPC members on securing a place in the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Industrial Secondment scheme. The scheme will see them spending up to 12 months working onsite with...

29 May 2015

Ingenious resilience: messages for a new Government

Engineering matters to the UK economy, on both a regional and national level, and the profession is vital to maintaining the UK's position in the world.  It drives innovation, regional...

27 May 2015

The role of the university Technology Transfer Office (TTO), and why TTO-investor discussions can be difficult and take time to conclude.

Added to the Members' Portal... a useful briefing note for those of you involved in spin-outs and negotiations about intellectual property.  Authored by a number of sector bodies on knowledge transfer, it...

26 May 2015

7 research areas marked by EPSRC for growth...

In case you've missed them....the EPSRC has identified 7 areas of engineering research for strategc focus and growth.  For more, go to EPSRC research... Electrical motors and drives / electromagnetics...

20 May 2015

New "Engenius Film" added...

Dr Emma Carter of the University of Sheffield was one of the two winners of the EPC's 2014 Engaging in Engineering public engagement grant awards.  The latest of her series...

15 May 2015

IP for engineers...

Intellectual property is now featured in the Engineering Council's Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) ‚ÄúProfessional Engineering Competence Guidance‚ÄĚ. ¬†The Intellectual Property Office have developed a useful toolkit for those...

15 May 2015

RAEng Visiting Professors' Scheme - now open - closing date 16 June, 2015

Applications for the Royal Academy of Engineering's Visiting Professors' scheme are currently open. "This industry-into-academia initiative aims to utilise the experience of the Visiting Professors to enhance student learning as well...

22 Apr 2015

Election 2015 - higher education in the parties' manifestos...

In the run up to the general election on 7th May, colleagues at the British Universities Finance Group (BUFDG) have prepared the following summary of what each political party has in...

1 Apr 2015

New report published on the contribution of teaching to academic career advancement

Thanks to all members who contributed to this piece of research (and you did in numbers), published today by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The report, "Does teaching advance your...

19 Mar 2015

University partners collaborate on £138M Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC) project

The UK Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC) is a £138 million capital investment that will be centred around the Olympic Park in Stratford and will include 13 university...

19 Mar 2015

Pre election Budget 2015

The Engineering Professors’ Council welcomes the Chancellor’s commitment to science and innovation. Engineering has proved to be the powerhouse of economic growth (Royal Academy of Engineering -  Engineering for a...

11 Mar 2015

REF funding implications starting to be announced...

With the Grant letter now issued, we're awaiting the announcements about how the quality-related research funding will be divvie'd up between institutions based on the latest REF results. The Scottish...

9 Mar 2015

Westminster Higher Education Forum - addressing the STEM skills gap

I was pleased to be invited to represent  Engineering Professors’ Council members at the Westminster Higher Education Forum last week, on the subject of "Addressing the STEM Skills Gap". I...

2 Mar 2015

Royal Academy of Engineering: Dowling Review of Business University Collaboration

Royal Academy of Engineering: Dowling Review of Business University Collaboration

27 Feb 2015

HEFCE: The future of quality assessment in Higher Education

HEFCE: The future of quality assessment in Higher Education

18 Feb 2015

Tuition fee bursaries available for MScs - still time to apply

A reminder that tuition fee bursaries for aerospace engineering MScs are still available for study starting in academic year 2015-16, after which this scheme will close. Each worth up to...

23 Jan 2015

Fees for PhD programmes...a question...

Fees for doctoral students (ie home / EU PhDs) seem to be about £4k pa for the few universities I have looked at. Yet, fees for home / EU undergrad...

16 Jan 2015

Royal Society-CaSE Science Ministers' Debate 2015

Engineering Professors' Council incoming President Professor Stephanie Haywood and Executive Director Susan Kay attended CaSE's Science Ministers' debate at the Royal Society, on 14th January.  Some lively questioning - including one...

15 Jan 2015

OfQual: The assessment of practical work in GCSE science

OfQual: The assessment of practical work in GCSE science

18 Dec 2014

Winter 2014 Newsletter now available with a round-up of the REF results for engineering...

Our winter 2014 newsletter is now available with a round-up of the year so far, an overview of the REF results for engineering, news of work on a postgraduate information...

18 Dec 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014

To see how your institution has fared in each of the engineering Units of Assessment, click on the picture and download the Excel workbook (100kB).  You will need Excel version 10....

17 Dec 2014

Science and innovation policy published...

HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have today, 17th December, 2014 published their¬†‚ÄúPlan for Growth ‚Äď science and innovation‚ÄĚ.¬† While its tone is reassuring, with a...

2 Dec 2014

Engineers can become talented physics teachers...and support the profession of Engineering...and can earn £20k while they train

In July 2011, the Institute of Physics was invited to the DfE for what we thought was going to be a routine consultation on physics teacher training numbers. In the...

1 Dec 2014

HM Treasury Business and Innovation Strategy

Read the EPC response here.

28 Nov 2014

Parliamentary and Scientific Committee lunch - a report and a personal view from incoming EPC President Professor Stephanie Haywood

I was delighted to attend the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee's annual lunch at the House of Lords on behalf of the EPC on 26th November.  We were wondering why security...

18 Nov 2014

MSc Aerospace bursaries

The AeroMSc bursary scheme pays tuition fees for MScs in aerospace for study starting next academic year 2015-16. Applications are open now at www.raeng.org.uk. Please make your eligible STEM graduates...

3 Nov 2014

Engineering Skills: Perkins Review Progress Report published

Last year, The Perkins Review of Engineering Skills was launched. This report aimed to unite educators and employers within the engineering field to improve the supply and quality of engineering...

28 Oct 2014

The Universe of Engineering - call to action

October, 2014.  The Royal Academy of Engineering has published its report: The Universe of Engineering - a call to action. The engineering profession has undergone profound changes over the past...

3 Oct 2014

Engineering Professors' Council Patron receives prestigious award

Congratulations to Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor of Aston University and Patron of the Engineering Professors’ Council on the award of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal by the European...

1 Aug 2014

Perkins Review - university-business interaction survey...please help...

The Perkins Review's Task and Finish Group on developing university-business interaction led by Professor Julia King FREng is examining how relationships might be developed to even better ensure that students are equipped...

31 Jul 2014

Catherine Hobbs in The Engineer, 8 July, 2014

EPC Engineering Education and Employability committee member and Perkins Group contributor on specialist skills, Catherine Hobbs (Head of Department, UWE) was featured in The Engineer, 18 July, 2014 edition, detailing...

29 Jul 2014

Professor John Perkins' Review of Engineering Skills

Professor John Perkins FREng is the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  His Review of Engineering Skills was published in November, 2013.  The review endorses the...

17 Jul 2014

Lords express disappointment as Government rejects Committee's findings on immigration policies

Earlier this year, the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee conducted an inquiry into the impact of the changes to immigration regulations on international STEM students.  As a...

16 Jul 2014

The Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) welcomes the appointment of Greg Clark MP as Minister for Universities, Science and Cities

The Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) welcomes the appointment of Greg Clark MP as Minister for Universities, Science and Cities Professor Simon Hodgson, President of the EPC, said: "We’re looking forward...

8 Jul 2014

RAEng-EPSRC study on assessing the economic returns to the UK of investment in engineering research and associated training

In the spirit of evidence-based policy development, the RAEng and the EPSRC have joined forces in a project chaired by Professor John Fisher CBE FREng, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University...

27 Jun 2014

Engineers can become talented maths teachers...and support the profession of Engineering...and can earn £25k while they train

Mathematics is an essential component of an engineering education. In the past, a number of engineering students have found the application of mathematics to what is an essentially practical subject,...

3 Jun 2014

Guardian league tables out today - how did you do?

Engineering - chemical Engineering - civil Engineering - electronic and electrical Engineering- general Engineering-materials and mineral Engineering - mechanical ...remember, this one doesn't include any research metrics - it includes...

22 May 2014

Reports available from Excellence in Postgraduate Education: Manufacturing, Materials and Design event

Dear All, Thank you to those of you who attended the Excellence in Postgraduate Education: Manufacturing, Materials and Design event on 8th May. Key findings from the presentations and discussions...

8 May 2014

‚ÄúEngineering graduates have been taught to pass exams rather than being given useful skills‚ÄĚ - EPC responds

EPC responded to ‚ÄúEngineering graduates have been taught to pass exams rather than being given useful skills‚ÄĚ criticism, in The Engineer, 8 May, 2014.

7 May 2014

EPC responds to "Engineering graduates have been taught to pass exams rather than being given useful skills" criticism

Not sure how many of you picked up the story on the BBC today: Engineering group warns on skills shortage... We know a few did because some members were perturbed...

2 May 2014

Engaging in Engineering awards 2014

As one of the initiatives to celebrate its 20th Anniversary in its current form, the Engineering Professors’ Council offered its members the opportunity to bid for funding for public engagement projects which: help share...

28 Apr 2014

Laura Pickard in The Engineer, 28 April 2014

EPC 20th Anniversary Award Winner Laura Pickard's winning essay was featured in The Engineer, 28 April, 2014. You can read the article here.

11 Apr 2014

House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee’s inquiry into international STEM students

The Engineering Professors’ Council welcomes the conclusions of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into international STEM students. The Council presented strong evidence, both oral and written,...

10 Apr 2014

Laura Pickard

Laura Pickard is a first year EngD candidate at the University of Bristol and National Composites Centre and captured first prize in our 2014 student essay competition. Her background is...

10 Apr 2014

Julia Attwood

Julia Attwood is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge and received one of the two runner-up prizes in our 2014 student essay competition. Born in Canada, Julia has...

10 Apr 2014

Highly commended

We were delighted by the response we received to the competition which was exceedingly challenging - in terms of volume - but enjoyable to judge.  In addition to our three...

4 Apr 2014

2014 Engineering Professors' Council and Hammermen of Glasgow Student Awards - winners

To mark its 20th year (in its current incarnation), the Engineering Professors' Council decided to inaugurate a new student award.  We were delighted to be supported by the  Incorporation of...

2 Apr 2014

Should we be paying more attention to conversion rather than recruitment?

Interesting report published today by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB): Career Portfolios and the Labour Market for Graduates and Postgraduates in the UK’.  It's the first in...

1 Apr 2014

House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee's inquiry into Business-University collaboration

The House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has announced a new inquiry into Business-University collaboration. On 28 January 2014, the Committee held a one-off evidence session on Fraunhofer...

28 Feb 2014

HOUSE OF LORDS SELECT COMMITTEE ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Inquiry into impact of immigration policy on STEM students

Science and Technology Committee, Tuesday 11 March 2014: click here.

28 Feb 2014

Susan Kay in Nature, Feb 2014

Susan Kay, Executive Director, was interviewed for an article in Nature (Feb 2014) on the impact of changes to immigration policy on UK science and engineering.

22 Feb 2014

Engineering Professors' Council position statement on Maths and Further Maths A level reform

The Engineering Professors' Council-chaired Mathematics Working Group has just published its position statement on Maths and Further Maths A level reform. Do let us have your views... Mathematics and further...

10 Feb 2014

Review of UK-SPEC completed

The new edition of UK-SPEC is now available the Engineering Council’s website and can be accessed via: https://www.engc.org.uk/engcdocuments/internet/website/UK-SPEC%20third%20edition%20(1).pdf In keeping with the strong support for the previous edition, unnecessary changes...

30 Jan 2014

Do YOU think your university values engineering...?

Nearly two thirds of staff said they did in the survey carried out by the Times Higher Education and published on 30 January, 2014.  In fact, engineering and technology did...

11 Dec 2013

The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow

The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow are generously supporting our student competition: the Engineering Professors' Council and The Hammermen of Glasgow Student Awards. The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow originally...

11 Dec 2013

Top tips for understanding engineering research...

Did anyone see the article ‚ÄúTwenty tips for interpreting scientific claims‚ÄĚ in Nature in November (by William J. Sutherland, David Spiegelhalter and Mark Burgman)? It claimed¬† that ‚Äúthis list will...

11 Dec 2013

The role of teaching excellence and industry and societal impact work on academic selection and promotion

Do you have an opinion on this? Here's your chance to have your say. The Royal Academy of Engineering, supported by the EPC, is conducting a study which is looking...

6 Dec 2013

SET for Britain

The Parliamentary and Scientific Committee, of which EPC is a member, has launched its call for submissions to "SET for BRITAIN" which will be held in the House of Commons...

6 Dec 2013

UK engineering giants collaborate to support economic growth

Leading technology businesses, engineering bodies, and the government are to collaborate on a campaign to support growth in UK engineering businesses and promote engineering careers. Engineering for Growth is a partner...

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