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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...

Opinions
11 Dec 2013

Top tips for understanding engineering research...

Did anyone see the article “Twenty tips for interpreting scientific claims” in Nature in November (by William J. Sutherland, David Spiegelhalter and Mark Burgman)? It claimed  that “this list will...

Opinions
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...

News
6 Dec 2013

Fellowships for Growth: Building UK Leadership in Engineering

Professor John Perkins’ review of engineering skills has now been published. He endorsed the widely accepted view that engineers add flexibility and resilience to our economy, enable people to take advantage of...

Consultations
6 Dec 2013

Subject Benchmark Review 2013-15

The subject benchmark statement for engineering was last revised in November 2010, replacing the previous version published in June 2006.  In order to ensure the continuing currency of subject benchmark...

Reports
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...

Campaigns
28 Nov 2013

The future for UK manufacturing - challenges ahead for policy following the Foresight Project

Westminster Business Forum Keynote Seminar The future for UK manufacturing – challenges ahead for policy following the Foresight Project with Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government...

Events
15 Nov 2013 - 16 Nov 2013

Student Women Engineers 2 Day Conference

Brought to you by the Women’s Engineering Society in association with Aston University. Event flyer.

Events
11 Nov 2013

Westminster Higher Education Forum - Implementing Open Access

Guest of Honour: Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford and Chair, UK Open Access Implementation Group Delegates at this timely seminar will assess the challenges and opportunities presented by...

Events
11 Nov 2013

Doubling capacity in UK HE engineering departments

Thanks to the very many of you who took time out to respond to the question posed to us by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) through our...

Reports
7 Nov 2013

Susan Kay in Times Higher Education

Susan Kay, Executive Director, was quoted in Jack Grove’s article in The Times Higher Education, on the latest (2013/14) enrolment figures to UK engineering departments. Engineering recruitment back on track...

Campaigns
4 Nov 2013

Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2013

The Recruitment and Admissions Forum took place at the Institution of Civil Engineers on 4th November 2013.

Events
1 Nov 2013

Engineering Council: Accreditation of HE Programmes (AHEP) review - opportunity to contribute

During 2013, the Engineering Council is undertaking the periodic five year review of several key documents including The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP). We consulted initially on this AHEP review...

Consultations
31 Oct 2013 - 1 Nov 2013

1st International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE)

Thursday, October 31st, 2013 The 1st International Conference of the Portuguese Society for Engineering Education (CISPEE) will be held in Porto, Portugal on October 31st-November 1st, under the theme “Education...

Events
16 Oct 2013

Witty Review published

The final report of The Witty Review of universities and economic growth has been published this week, following preliminary findings earlier in the year.  The independent review, headed by Sir...

Reports
11 Oct 2013

EPC welcomes capital funding for science and engineering

We welcome the announcement by David Willetts on 30 September that ÂŁ400 million will be invested in higher education science and engineering teaching facilities, including ÂŁ200 million by HEFCE in...

News
8 Oct 2013 - 10 Oct 2013

6th ICEBE - International Conference on Engineering and Business Education

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 The 6th ICEBE will be held in Windhoek, Namibia on October 8-10. Over the past decade, this event has offered a unique opportunity for academics, business...

Events
25 Sep 2013

20th Anniversary Awards 2014

In 2014, the Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) will be celebrating 20 years since the joining together of the Engineering Professors’ Conference and the Committee for Engineering in Polytechnics in 1994....

Events
25 Sep 2013

Should "engineer" be a protected title?

…this seems to be a question that’s come up a lot recently. During 2011 the Board of the Engineering Council established a working group to consider issues relating to the status...

Opinions
19 Sep 2013 - 20 Sep 2013

International Conference on Manufacturing Research 2013

The 11th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR2013) The International Conference on Manufacturing Research is a major event for academics and industrialists engaged in manufacturing research.  Held annually in the UK...

Events
16 Sep 2013

Different approaches to engineering doctorates across Europe

Our “roving reporter” and Chair of the Engineering Education, Employability and Skills sub Committee at the EPC, Clive Neal-Sturgess has been on the road again.  This time, he was representing...

Events
6 Sep 2013

The AQA A level science HE Expert Panel

Just a quick update on the work of one of our new Committee members, Mike Bramhall, on behalf of the Engineering Professors’ Council…. The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) has...

News
5 Sep 2013 - 6 Sep 2013

15th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education

The 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education will bring together representatives from education, design practice, industry and government agencies that have an interest in developing new approaches...

Events
30 Aug 2013

Government review of the balance of competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union: call for evidence – research and development

The Foreign Secretary launched the Balance of Competences Review in Parliament on 12 July 2012. This follows the Coalition’s commitment to examine the balance of competences between the UK and...

Consultations
18 Jul 2013

Feedback to members of our input to CaSE meeting with Science Minister

The Campaign for Science and Engineering, of which EPC is a subscribing member, met recently with David Willetts, having collated input from its members.  Here is their summary of the...

Campaigns
8 Jul 2013

HEA STEM Event (Engineering and Materials): Workshop for postgraduate students who teach

The day will include sessions on: Assessment and Feedback, OER (Open Educational Resources), Teaching for Diversity, Facilitating Small Group Teaching, & Professional Development and the HEA.

Events
4 Jul 2013 - 6 Jul 2013

2013 Research in Engineering Education Symposium

The 2013 Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES2013) will be held on 4-6 July 2013 in Kuala Lumpur. This symposium follows ICREE 2007 in Hawaii, USA, REES 2008 in Davos,...

Events
2 Jul 2013 - 3 Jul 2013

4th International Research Symposium on Problem Based Learning

The 4th International Research Symposium on Problem Based Learning will be organised on July 2-3 2013, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in collaboration with the...

Events
2 Jul 2013

Universities UK International Conference: report from EPC Chair of EES working group

Our “roving reporter” Professor Clive Neal-Sturgess reports from the International Conference held at UUK last week. Well, the headline was that Europe is “back on the agenda” with the UK  so heavily...

Events
2 Jul 2013

BIS announces "investment in postgraduate study"

ÂŁ75 million investment in removing barriers to postgraduate study Students from disadvantaged backgrounds will be supported in postgraduate study with up to ÂŁ125 million of extra funding, Universities and Science...

News
26 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013

2013 Annual Meeting of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS)

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS) will be held June 26-28 2013 in Budapest, Hungary. The main event will be...

Events
24 Jun 2013

2013 Manufacturing Professors Forum and Dinner

We now have a strong programme for our 10th annual meeting around the theme ‘The Future of Manufacturing’. Speakers will include the manufacturing heads from BIS, EPSRC and TSB, industrialists from...

Events
14 Jun 2013

HEA Event: Building Confident Engineers

Successful engineering graduates require confidence in order to solve new problems, work with colleagues and excel in their careers. It has also been identified that confident engineering graduates are more...

Events
9 Jun 2013 - 11 Jun 2013

2013 EFMD Annual Conference

The 2013 EFMD Annual Conference will be held in Brussels, BE on June, 9-11. Please check back for information on the program, hotel, and registration in early 2013. Theme: Does...

Events
6 Jun 2013 - 7 Jun 2013

REM Vienna 2013

The 14th international Workshop on Research and Education in Mechatronics will take place in Vienna on the 6th & 7th of June 2013. The event will be organised by the...

Events
4 Jun 2013 - 7 Jun 2013

Joint Conference ERSCP-EMSU: ‘Bridges for a more sustainable future: uniting continents and societies’ 5th University - Business Forum

Joint Conference ERSCP-EMSU: ‘Bridges for a more sustainable future: uniting continents and societies’ Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 The ERSCP-EMSU 2013 will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, 4-7 June 2013. The...

Events
31 May 2013 - 1 Jun 2013

57th ECCE General Meeting

The 57th ECCE General Meeting will be held in Porto, Portugal on May 31- June 1. For more information go to www.ecceengineers.eu.

Events
30 May 2013

Funded young researchers refused entry to UK, professional body warns

Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, reports on EPC’s concerns about the impact of the visa regulations on research capacity “Funded young researchers refused entry to UK, professional body warns” (30...

Campaigns
29 May 2013 - 31 May 2013

45th EUCEN Conference

The 45th EUCEN Conference will be held in the University of Geneva, Charmey, Switzerland on May 29‐31, 2013 and is organised by the European Universities Continuing Education Network.   Transferring...

Events
22 May 2013

HE Academy event: Changing the Learning Landscape - Social Media in Engineering & Mathematics

Academic staff who teach or directly manage degree programmes in the Engineering & Mathematics disciplines are invited to book onto the Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL) workshop ‘Social Media in...

Events
20 May 2013

New Committee members 2013/14

We are delighted to welcome three new faces to the EPC Committee for 2013/14.   Professors Mike Bramhall and Colin Turner join us as elected members and Professor Peter Excell...

News
17 May 2013

Letter on student number controls for 2014-15

HEFCE has received a letter from the Minister for Universities and Science, requesting that it considers increasing the flexibility of recruitment in 2014-15 for institutions that show strong recruitment patterns....

Consultations
23 Apr 2013 - 26 Jun 2013

ASEE - 120th Annual Conference

June 23 – 26, 2013 – Atlanta, Georgia The ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition hosts more than 400 technical sessions, with peer-reviewed papers spanning all disciplines of engineering education. Attendees...

Events
23 Apr 2013

Gove launches technology focused Tech-bacc as vocational equivalent to A levels

Michael Gove has announced the technical baccalaureate qualification “providing an alternative to the A level study route for post-16 education”. It will be introduced for courses beginning in September 2014,...

News
20 Apr 2013

Report on Government spending on science...

While we all welcome the additional funding announced for science and engineering when other Government departments are seeing cuts, CaSE have published an interim analysis of Government spending on science since...

Research papers
19 Apr 2013

David Willetts' speech to HEFCE Conference

David Willetts: Higher Education Funding Council for England 2013 HEFCE 18 April 2013 Speech Originally given at Imperial College London. You don’t need me to tell you that this year...

Events
16 Apr 2013

EPC Annual General Meeting

The 19th Annual General Meeting of the Engineering Professors’ Council will be held in the Portland Building, University of Portsmouth, PO1 3AH on Tuesday 16 April, 2013 at 16:00 during...

Events
16 Apr 2013 - 17 Apr 2013

Engineering Professors' Council Annual Congress 2013

The Engineering Professors' Council Annual Congress 2013 took place at the University of Portsmouth on 16/17 April 2013 with the theme: Engineering in Higher Education: Investing for Impact.

Events
12 Apr 2013

New report published: The Dual Funding Structure for Research in the UK: Research Council and Funding Council Allocation Methods and the Pathways to Impact of UK Academics

Commissioned by the DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION AND SKILLS (BIS) and carried out by THE CENTRE FOR BUSINESS RESEARCH (CBR) AND THE UK INNOVATION RESEARCH CENTRE (UK~IRC), this report analyses...

Reports
27 Mar 2013

Why we MUST change the new Design and Technology programme of study...

The Government’s proposed draft Design and Technology programme of study would be a huge backward step for a subject that develops vital skills that young people need for the future....

Campaigns
21 Mar 2013

Westminster Higher Education Forum event: The internationalisation of Higher Education - UK competitiveness, student mobility and the development of overseas campuses

Guests of Honour: Maddalaine Ansell, Head of International Knowledge & Innovation Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Professor Colin Riordan, Chair, UK Higher Education International Unit (UKHEIU) and...

Events
18 Mar 2013

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, announces ÂŁ47 million worth of funding for engineering projects

Announced at the Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS), organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering and its American and Chinese counterparts, in London on 12/13 March,  five Frontier Engineering projects...

News
15 Mar 2013

HE STEM (engineering): workshop for postgraduate students who teach

The workshop is designed for postgraduate students who are new to teaching in Engineering. It will be delivered by experienced academics who are subject specialists in education and Engineering and...

Events
14 Mar 2013

Westminster Higher Education Forum event: Research and innovation in the UK - increasing the commercialisation of research and the impact of European reforms

As the Government concludes its National Curriculum review, this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar focuses on the content of the new curriculum for Design and Technology (D&T) for each Key...

Events
12 Mar 2013

BIS Report on Progression of Apprentices to Higher Education February 2013

BIS Research paper number 107 In New Challenges, New Chances (BIS, Dec 2011) the Government clearly laid out its intention to provide a “ladder of opportunity” through apprenticeships to “clear...

Research papers
11 Mar 2013 - 15 Mar 2013

Inspiring engineers of the future - get involved

The week of March 11th-15th will see an unprecedented number of engineers going into schools to give inspirational talks to students about the work they do and how they chose...

Events
7 Mar 2013

Technology Subjects in the National Curriculum

Education for Engineering (E4E) invites you to a conference examining the new Programmes of Study for Design and Technology and ICT in the National Curriculum. Matthew Hancock MP, Parliamentary Undersecretary...

Events
7 Mar 2013

Engineering Council guidance for KIS statements

The Engineering Council, with the support of the EPC, has been undertaking work to help universities make the most of the advantages afforded by promoting the accredited status of their...

Toolkits
6 Mar 2013 - 8 Mar 2013

Leadership: Never Underestimate the Power of Example

Women in significant leadership roles share how they – and you – are poised to change the world. Who inspired them, how and what are the best lessons they’ve learned...

Events
1 Mar 2013

Immigration policy

More on the immigration policy debate The OBHE’s January newsletter highlights its new report: The Global Race for STEM skills.   It reminds us that the sector often appears to lobby for change...

Reports
1 Mar 2013

HEFCE support for very high cost subjects

Since 2007 HEFCE has provided funding to help secure the provision of four very high-cost STEM subjects: chemistry, physics, chemical engineering and mineral, metallurgy and materials engineering.  In the new funding method from...

News
25 Feb 2013

"Cameron visit (to India) did not tackle key higher education issues"

From University World News: Issue 260 published 20 February, 2013 The visit of British Prime Minister David Cameron to India this week has left Indian students disappointed that he did...

Press & media
14 Feb 2013

Westminster Higher Education Forum event: Reviewing the new maths curriculum

As the Government concludes its National Curriculum Review, this timely seminar focuses on content of the proposed new Programme of Study (PoS) for Maths, due to be introduced into schools...

Events
13 Feb 2013

Westminster Higher Education Forum event: Reviewing the new Design and Technology Curriculum

As the Government concludes its National Curriculum review, this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar focuses on the content of the new curriculum for Design and Technology (D&T) for each Key...

Events
5 Feb 2013

Westminster Higher Education Forum event: Open access research and the future for academic publishing

Bringing together key stakeholders – including academics and university leaders, the publishing industry, science-based businesses, research councils and other research-funding organisations – with policymakers, this Westminster Higher Education Forum seminar...

Events
28 Jan 2013

HEFCE Grant Letter 2013/14

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Minister for Universities and Science have has now confirmed funding allocations and the Government’s priorities for higher education...

News
28 Jan 2013

REF 2014

UK higher education institutions (HEIs) plan to submit the work of a slightly increased number of their staff for assessment in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), compared with the...

Research papers
28 Jan 2013

Election of SEFI President

We are delighted to announce that EPC Committee member, Professor Kamel Hawwash (University of Birmingham) has been elected Vice President and President Elect of the European Society of Engineering Education (SEFI). SEFI...

News
15 Jan 2013

End of term reports

End of term reports… UCAS has published its end of cycle report for 2012, the year which its Chief Executive Mary Curnock Cook called “one of the most complex and challenging years...

Reports
15 Jan 2013

Engineering UK: the state of engineering 2013

Engineering UK Engineering UK’s annual flagship report Engineering UK: the state of engineering 2013 was launched on 3rd December. It projects that engineering companies will have 2.74 million job openings from 2010...

Research papers
15 Jan 2013

IMechE scholarships and studentships

Institution of Mechanical Engineers Each year, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) supports the educational and development needs of students and graduates with scholarships and awards totalling £400,000.  This includes...

News
14 Jan 2013

Ideas for student projects

Check out Bespoken from the Blackwood Foundation for details of how to get involved in its Design Challenge.  Brunel, Coventry and Loughborough Universities are already involved and it’s a good source of...

Resources
9 Jan 2013

PHOMME 2013 Conference

The 2013 PHOMME Conference, in conjunction with PHEE (Professors and Heads of Electrical and Electronic Engineering) was held at the IET Savoy Place, London on 9th January 2013.

Events
9 Jan 2013

Improving the employment chances of our graduates

With Engineering UK’s forecast that we need to nearly double the number of engineering graduates to meet demand from employers in the near term (more of which below), do take...

Research papers
9 Jan 2013

Chancellor's Autumn Statement

While we welcome the additional funding announced for science and engineering in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, CaSE have published an interim analysis of Government spending on science since the 2010 Spending...

News
9 Jan 2013

HESA to make REF-eligible staff statistics available...

Times Higher Education 9 January, 2013 The proportion of staff submitted by each unit of assessment to the 2014 research excellence framework will become clear for the first time after...

News
3 Jan 2013

Fred Maillardet - Times Higher Education

EPC former President and committee member Professor Fred Maillardet responds to reports of the “abolition” of examinations in HE – not so for engineering. Made to Measure. Times Higher Education 3rd...

Campaigns
17 Dec 2012 - 18 Dec 2012

HE Academy: Undertaking Pedagogic Research in the HE STEM Disciplines

On the 7/8 June 2012, the National HE STEM Programme, in conjunction with the Royal Society of Chemistry and sigma, held a two-day workshop aimed at supporting those wishing to...

Events
17 Dec 2012

Welcome boost for science and engineering... but some concerns

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a ÂŁ600M injection into the UK’s scientific research infrastructure in his Autumn Statement. The money is directed at eight strands of research outlined by the...

News
6 Dec 2012

Westminster Higher Education Forum event: the way forward for STEM subjects for higher education

Timed to follow both the House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee Inquiry and subsequent Government response, delegates will look at the quality and content of STEM degree programmes; how...

Events
27 Nov 2012

Funding opportunities

For HEIs/academic staff 30 November, 2012 Higher education’s contribution to economic growth: Invitation to submit expressions of interest for funding through the Catalyst Fund.  Deadline 24 January 2013.  See http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2012/cl312012/....

Resources
22 Nov 2012

Green skills for Green Jobs Summit

The summit will bring together key stakeholders from government, business and academia to establish how the UK is preparing to take the lead in the global green skills race. Whilst...

Events
18 Nov 2012

Dik Morling in The Sunday Times

An EPC 2012/13 early enrolments poll and quote from Professor Dik Morling, Chair of EPC’s Admissions Working Group was included in an article in The Sunday Times of 18 November,...

Campaigns
15 Nov 2012

House of Lords Science and Technology Committee: Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects Report mentioned in The Telegraph

In December 2011, The House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee, under the chairmanship of Lord Willis of Knaresborough, opened an inquiry into higher education in STEM subjects (science, technology,...

Press & media
15 Nov 2012

Impact acceleration accounts

15 November, 2012 Business Secretary Vince Cable today announced a ÂŁ60m investment in UK universities to help our most pioneering scientists and engineers create successful businesses from their research, improve...

News
15 Nov 2012

"Spanner in the industrial works as engineering degrees lose traction" - Times Higher Education

EPC 2012/13 early enrolments poll indicating faltering demand from overseas students and the financial implications for engineering departments was reported by Jack Grove in the article “Spanner in the industrial...

Campaigns
14 Nov 2012

A level reform

The Engineering Professors’ Council response was one of the almost 1,000 submissions to this consultation which ran for 3 months over the summer of this year. The outcome was announced...

Reports
12 Nov 2012

International Student Recruitment: Understanding and Complying with the Points Based Immigration System

International Student Recruitment: Understanding and Complying with the Points Based Immigration System Central London Monday 12th November 2012 Event Details  Website  Register to Attend Earlier this year, new measures designed...

Events
8 Nov 2012

The Future of Postgraduate Education

Westminster Higher Education Forum 17 October 2012: The Future for Postgraduate Education There is clearly widespread concern about the lack of progress on funding for postgraduate education.   On 17th October,...

Events
7 Nov 2012

Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2012

The Recruitment and Admissions Forum took place at the Royal Academy of Engineering on 7th November 2012.  The theme was "Uncertain times in university recruitment and admissions: protecting the future...

Events
2 Nov 2012

Osborne support for new vocational qualifications

Published: 12:10am, 2nd November 2012 Updated: 11:07am, 2nd November 2012 New vocational qualifications in engineering will help Britain thrive in the global economy, Chancellor George Osborne has said. The Royal...

News
1 Nov 2012

House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee - oral evidence on engineering skills

On 24th October 2012, the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee heard oral evidence on the inquiry into engineering skills. “We compete in a high labour cost economy;...

News
22 Oct 2012

Improving social mobility...

The Milburn Report: University Challenge:  How Higher Education Can  Advance Social Mobility was published earlier this month.  In it, the importance of foundation degrees in supporting those from disadvantaged social...

News
18 Oct 2012

Westminster Higher Education Forum event: the way forward for graduate employability

Bringing together key policymakers with stakeholders – including university leaders and careers advice staff, graduate recruiters and social mobility groups – this seminar will provide an opportunity to consider how...

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