News & events

26 Feb 2021

Policy summary, February 2021

It has been a busy start to the year for HE policy and politics, despite the roll-out of a third UK lockdown at the start of the year – significantly...

18 Feb 2021

Professional recognition post-Brexit

Is my professional title still valid in the EU? Will my combination of academic qualifications and professional experience still count post Brexit? What does the information on recognition of professional...

10 Feb 2021

Trusted Research: How safe is your research?

This was a discussion on the security precautions that academic institutions should take to prevent intellectual property being leaked to competitors or foreign governments. With the aim of preventing research...

Research papers
2 Feb 2021

Emerging Stronger: Lasting impact from crisis innovation

What have we learned about learning under lockdown? How can we use the experience of trying to deliver high-quality engineering degree programmes to strengthen our teaching in future? This live...

15 Jan 2021

OfS Consultation on Regulating Quality and Standards in HE

This consultation ran from November 2020 to January 2021. The Office for Students consulted on its approach to regulating quality and standards in higher education. Since 2018, OfS' focus has...

14 Dec 2020

Guest blog: EPC Hammermen student prize

Congratulations to Rachel Beel, Glasgow Caledonian University, and to Dan Hicks, University of Brighton, joint winners of the 2020 EPC Hammermen Student Award.

10 Dec 2020 - 11 Dec 2020

Annual International Conference of Multiphysics

The fifteenth International Conference of Multiphysics will be held virtually for the first time on 10-11 December 2020. The objective of the conference is to share and explore findings on...

9 Dec 2020

Recruitment and Admissions Forum (2020 series): Fair access: where now?

The Annual EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum will be hosted online for 2020 as a series of linked events over four successive Wednesday afternoons. This week, The final webcast in...

2 Dec 2020

Recruitment and Admissions Forum (2020 series): Student numbers: where now?

The Annual EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum will be hosted online for 2020 as a series of linked events over four successive Wednesday afternoons. This week, the third webcast in...

25 Nov 2020

Recruitment and Admissions Forum (2020 series): International students: where now?

The Annual EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum will be hosted online for 2020 as a series of linked events over four successive Wednesday afternoons. This week, the second webcast in...

23 Nov 2020

The OfS consultation on quality and standards in a nutshell

The Office for Students has just launched a consultation on one of the most important changes to its practice since its inception. What does it say? We've summarised the key...

23 Nov 2020

Are the OfS proposals on quality and standards good for the sector?

EPC Chief Executive Johnny Rich provides a critical commentary on the proposals outlined in the latest Office for Student consultation. These are his personal opinions and they do not necessarily...

20 Nov 2020

The Great Grading Scandal Engineering Challenge

This guest blog has been kindly provided by Dr Dennis Sherwood of Silver Bullet machine, an intelligent innovation consultancy, who was a speaker at the first of this year's Recruitment...

18 Nov 2020

Recruitment and Admissions Forum (2020 series): Entry qualifications: where now?

The Annual EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum will be hosted online for 2020 as a series of linked events over four successive Wednesday afternoons. The opening webcast in this series:...

13 Nov 2020

EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2020 Series Posters

Click on the thumbnails below to view the posters. UK engineering students’ maths entry qualifications: grades and non-progression                                                                                                    Tim Bullough, University of Liverpool NMITE...

Research papers
5 Nov 2020

ACED webinar 5th November 2020

Unfortunately it has proved not possible to hold a physical ACED Annual Conference this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and associated restrictions. In its place, ACED has the pleasure...

30 Oct 2020

Digital teaching and learning during the coronavirus pandemic: Call for evidence

This call for evidence ran from September to October 2020. This call for evidence sought a wide breadth of sector input and experience to understand the challenges faced, and lessons...

23 Oct 2020

AAU Annual General Meeting

The AAU/Aerospace Sectoral Group AGM will take place starting at 1200 on Friday 23rd October and will be a virtual event instead of a physical one that was going to...

24 Sep 2020

Guest Blog: Engineering Council on Revised Standards

The fourth edition of Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) has been published, ahead of the 2020-2021 academic year. There will be a transition period, from publication until the start...

24 Sep 2020

Guest Blog: To trust or not to trust?

Imagine the situation, you have worked tirelessly to make a discovery which is important, potentially revolutionary, or worked long days and nights and sacrificed everything in order to bring that...

8 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020

EPC Congress 2020: Industry & Academia – Supercharging the Crucible

Join us online for an amazing line-up of discussions and speakers on the 8th September-18th September 2020 for this year's Engineering Professors' Council Annual Congress, 'Industry & Academia - Supercharging...

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...

9 Jul 2020 - 10 Jul 2020

International Symposium Engineering Education 2020 (ISEE2020)

University of Strathclyde is hosting the 7th ISEE: Engineering Education for the 21st Century from 9-10th July 2020. Booking and further details are available here. Papers relevant to the conference...

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...

Press & media
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,...

Press & media
20 May 2020

Engineering departments and the Covid-19 response

University engineers donate expertise and equipment in coronavirus struggle

14 May 2020

Engineering Education Research Big Meet Up

On the 14th May EERN are pleased to join up with partners from across the world to hold the first Engineering Education Research Big Meet Up. Across the whole day...

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

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...

5 May 2020

REF 2021 timetable

This consultation ran from April to May 2020. The purpose of this consultation was to gather initial views on the REF timetable. Responses were invited from any organisation, group or...

4 May 2020

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

This consultation ran from 4th May 2020 to 26th May 2020. This consultation addresses issues that have arisen, and have the potential to arise, because of specific circumstances relating to...

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...

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

This consultation ran from September to November 2019. In June 2019, the government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out an in depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds...

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

The Engineering Council proposed a policy on compensation and condonement, which will result in new rules being put in place for new cohorts on accredited programmes starting from September 2022....

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

This consultation ran from July to September 2019. Higher technical education is post-18 education aligned to technical routes, such as accounting, engineering, management or laboratory science. The DfE sought to...

17 Aug 2019

Engineering Council Standards Review

The Engineering Council was in the process of undertaking its five-yearly review of its Standards, including those relevant to accreditation and approval. As part of this consultation, The Engineering Council...

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

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

Engineering Professors' Council Annual Congress 2019

The Engineering Professors' Council Annual Congress 2019 took place from 13th May to 15th May at UCL Engineering Education. This year's congress theme was Engineering Change: surviving and shaping the...

12 May 2019

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Future frameworks for international collaboration on research and innovation: call for evidence

This consultation ran from April to May 2019. In March 2019, Professor Sir Adrian Smith was commissioned by BEIS to provide independent advice on the design of future UK funding...

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

This consultation ran from January to April 2019. Ofsted sought to attain views on its proposals for changes to the education inspection framework from September 2019.

28 Mar 2019

Brexit impact on engineering research will scar economy nationally and regionally, shows new EPC report

MEDIA RELEASE Contact: Johnny Rich, 078-1111 4292Date: 28th March 2019For immediate release As the political crisis over Brexit continues in Parliament, an exclusive new analysis by the Engineering Professors’ Council...

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

This consultation ran from January to March 2019. Research England had been tasked to develop a Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) to evaluate and benchmark the contribution UK higher education institutions...

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

This consultation ran from January to March 2019. Dame Shirley Pearce had been appointed to conduct an independent review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). This consultation...

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

This consultation ran from November 2018 to February 2019. UKSCQA co-ordinates a UK-wide co-regulatory approach to quality and standards by bringing together the UK funding bodies and regulators for higher...

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

The APPG on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in STEM launched its first inquiry in 2019, with the aim of investigating equity in STEM education. While there have been many reports...

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

The UK’s four higher education funding bodies have published the draft guidance and criteria on making submissions to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, for consultation.

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’...

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