News & events

24 Feb 2020

Launch of the Vertical Flight Society

This all-day launch of the Vertical Flight Society is a free-to-attend event to be held on Monday 24 February at the Royal Air Force Club in Mayfair – 128 Piccadilly,...

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.

15 Jan 2020

PHEE 2020 Conference

The 2020 Professors and Heads of Electrical Engineering Conference (PHEE), in conjunction with PHOMME (Professors and Heads of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) and the EPC (Engineering Professors’ Council) will be...

16 Dec 2019 - 17 Dec 2019

UK and Ireland 7th Engineering Education Research Network Annual Symposium

The UK & Ireland EERN are pleased to announce their 7th Annual Symposium will be hosted by WMG & the School of Engineering, University of Warwick in December this year....

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...

14 Dec 2019 - 15 Dec 2019

Annual International Multiphysics Conference

To be held at Al Ghurair University in Dubai from Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th December. The aerospace sessions will be sponsored by the AAU as in the past.

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 Dec 2019

14th Annual AAU Conference

The 14th Annual AAU Conference will be held in December in Dubai. More details including the exact date and venue will be available shortly.

27 Nov 2019

Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2019

The annual Recruitment and Admissions Forum took place at University of Wales Trinity St David’s new SA1 Swansea Waterfront development on 27th November 2019 convened by EPC Recruitment and Admissions Committee...

18 Nov 2019

New Approaches in Practice

As part of the EPC’s New Approaches to Engineering Higher Education initiative, run jointly with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), we will be holding a conference on 18...

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.

7 Nov 2019 - 8 Nov 2019

ACED Annual Conference 2019

This year’s ACED annual 2-day conference will be hosted by Coventry University at their Simulation Centre. Broad themes planned for the conference are: Teaching sustainability and ethics; project-based learning; alternative...

31 Oct 2019

Compensation and Condonement: Response to proposed accreditation regulations

Read the EPC’s response here or here.

18 Oct 2019

AAU Odyssey

To be held at the University of Hertfordshire. Follow links for more details and map.

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

Aviation Centres of Excellence: Developing Tomorrow's workforce for a global community

The aviation industry is under transformation. New technologies are making flying faster, safer, less noisy and more sustainable. These innovations, however, require new skills. How can we equip the workers...

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...

Research papers
10 Sep 2019 - 12 Sep 2019

17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2019)

The 17th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2019) incorporating the 34th National Conference on Manufacturing Research will be held from 10th- 12th September 2019 at Queen’s University Belfast. For...

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...

19 Jul 2019

RA Committee meeting

The next Recruitment and Admissions Committee meeting will be in the Hopper Room at the IET, Savoy Place, London

21 Jun 2019

Congress 2019

The EPC would like to acknowledge our hosts, the Centre for Engineering Education at UCL; our sponsors, the Institution of Engineering and Technology; and our exhibitor sponsors, Mathworks, PA Hilton...

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...

22 May 2019

EPC Sectoral Group ACED: Joint meeting of ACED, ICE and IStructE 2019

The annual Joint Meeting of ACED, the ICE and IStructE will be held at the IStructE International HQ on 22nd May. Heads of Civil & Structural Engineering Departments and their...

13 May 2019 - 15 May 2019

EPC Congress 2019 - Engineering change

The EPC Annual Congress 2019, Engineering Change: surviving and shaping the policy landscape, was hosted by UCL Engineering Education. Following a fascinating walking tour (where it turned out Bloomsbury’s engineering...

2 May 2019 - 3 May 2019

EERN Spring Colloquium 2019

The 2019 UK and Ireland Engineering Education Research Network Spring Colloquium will take place on 2nd – 3rd May 2019 at the Technological University Dublin. You can download more details...

29 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019

CPHC Conference 2019

The 2019 CPHC Conference is due to be held on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April 2019 at Middlesex University,  The event is due to start with parallel Workshops on...

16 Apr 2019

AAU Committee meeting and Universities Seminar

The AAU Committee meeting (follow link for agenda) will take place in the morning followed by the free annual Universities Seminar (follow link for details) in room C1 in Geroge...

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 is...

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.

19 Feb 2019

New Approaches Case Studies launch

Six universities leading the way for change in engineering higher education. In a new joint document, the IET and the Engineering Professors Council (EPC) have selected several UK institutions that...

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 ( A closer look at the absolute numbers shows a nominal one-year fall in...

16 Jan 2019

PHEE 2019 Conference

The 2019 Professors and Heads of Electrical Engineering Conference (PHEE), in conjunction with PHOMME (Professors and Heads of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering) and the EPC (Engineering Professors’ Council) was held...

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...

14 Nov 2018

Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2018

The annual Recruitment and Admissions Forum took place at the Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, Sheffield Hallam University on 14th November 2018 convened by EPC Recruitment and Admissions Committee Chair, Dr Georgina...

8 Nov 2018 - 9 Nov 2018

ACED Annual Conference 2018

We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s ACED annual 2-day conference, which will be held at the University of Bolton. Topics this year include: Employer engagement, student support,...

19 Oct 2018

John Barnes Conference for Students

As in recent years, the AAU will be running the John Barnes Conference for students who have just completed an Individual Project on their degree; this year we are pleased...

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...

17 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018

SEFI 2018 Annual Conference

This year SEFI’s flagship annual conference will be held between 17th to 21st September at the Technical University of Denmark (Copenhagen/Lyngby) and will coincide with the 45th Anniversary of our...

11 Sep 2018 - 13 Sep 2018

COMEH Annual Conference

The International Conference on Manufacturing Research will be held 11-13 September at University of Skövde, Sweden. This is the first time the conference has been held outside the UK. The...

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...

6 Sep 2018

Engineering Ethics Conference

Bringing engineering ethics to life in education, professional development and industry. The EPC is one of the partners behind a landmark conference at Leeds University bringing engineering ethics to life...

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.

17 Jul 2018 - 18 Jul 2018

7th International Symposium of Engineering Education

A Connected Engineering Curriculum – Learning Through Enquiry and Practice 17th/18th July 2018 – UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences, London, UK Engineers increasingly find themselves tasked to envision, invent, and construct...

9 Jul 2018 - 10 Jul 2018

Inclusive Engineering Education: Exploring what it means and how you can do it

Designing Inclusive Engineering Education – exploring what it means and how you can do it! Addressing diversity and inclusion within an engineering degree can at times seem irrelevant or futile....

20 Jun 2018

Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals 2018

Engineers Without Borders UK invites you to spend the afternoon at the Engineering for People Design Challenge Grand Finals 2018. This year 6,000 students have participated in the Engineering for...

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.

14 May 2018 - 16 May 2018

EPC Congress 2018 - Fit for the future

The theme for this year’s Congress was ‘Fit for the Future’, where we explored how we need to adapt teaching, research and our relationship with industry to meet the challenges...

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.

10 May 2018

Engineering Education Research: Spring Symposium

Following on from the success of the 5th Annual Symposium held in November 2017 at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, the UK and Ireland EER Network are pleased...

9 May 2018

ICE/IStructE/ACED Annual Meeting

ACED 090518 presentation slides The presentation slides by most speakers may be found at the link above. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the event, in particular...

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

UCL Centre for Engineering Education Conversation Series Event: Learning Pathways in Engineering

The UCL Centre for Engineering Education is pleased to invite you to the following event on Tuesday, 10th April at 6pm, at UCL:

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,...

28 Mar 2018

AAU Committee Meeting and the free annual RAeS's FSG Universities Seminar

For a Committee meeting agenda and more details for this event, please follow the link AAU 28th March 2018 For the flight simulations agenda, please follow the link flight simulations

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 144Âœ 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...

17 Jan 2018

PHEE Annual Conference 2018: New Perspectives on UK Higher Education and Research

The PHEE Annual Conference 2018“New Perspectives on UK Higher Education and Research” – in conjunction with PHOMME and Co-sponsored by EPC – will be held on Wednesday 17th January 2018...

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...

23 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

EERN Symposium: Time for change! Challenging the status quo in engineering education

The UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network celebrates its fifth anniversary this year with a symposium hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering. The Engineering Education Research Network is a professional...

15 Nov 2017

EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum

We’ve listened to your feedback and prepared a packed and informative programme for all those working in recruitment and admissions to UK higher education engineering courses. We will be having...

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