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A prestigious, high-level conference for academics, employers, engineers and policy-makers exploring innovations in engineering higher education.

SPEAKERS

Keynote presentations*:

  • Professor Jeremy Watson, President of IET
  • Professor Rick Miller, President of Olin College, USA
  • Professor Janusz Kozinski, Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering , York University, Canada

The programme will also feature presentations from leading innovators in teaching engineering as well as posters from experienced and early career academics. See below for full programme.

The event will be chaired by Professor John Perkins, former BIS Chief Scientific Adviser and author of the 2013 BIS Review of Engineering Skills.

* Please note, owing to the General Election, the politicians who had been scheduled to speak (John Hayes and Jesse Norman) have had to withdraw.

INTRODUCTION

The most recent Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) annual ‘Skills and Demand in Industry’ Survey showed that, despite a rise in demand for engineering staff, UK employers find that many new engineering graduates have significant skills deficiencies.

This is at a time when, to secure a sustainable economic future, we need to rebalance the economy towards technology and considerably increase the number of engineering graduates from UK universities and colleges.

Across the world there have been new initiatives proposed and implemented to address these issues through disruptive innovation, namely making engineering higher education more appropriate for the needs of industry and attractive to students.

To this end we are holding an international conference, where key educational pioneers will be giving presentations about new degree programmes and innovative approaches in undergraduate engineering courses.

The day will include presentations posters addressing the following issues:

  • How do we attract sufficient students into engineering to solve the world’s great challenges?
  • Does our society perpetuate a myth in suggesting that engineering is ‘applied science and maths’?
  • Indeed, should maths and science qualifications be mandatory for entrance to undergraduate engineering programmes?
  • Since engineering is an inherently creative subject, how can we reflect that in the background of university applicants and the development of their engineering degree programmes?
  • Are arrangements for teaching engineering undergraduates fit-for-purpose?
  • For example: Is teaching too narrowly divided into distinct engineering disciplines?
  • Why does engineering attract so few women, and should and could this be rectified?

The day will begin at 10am and conclude at 4pm followed by a drinks reception.

EPC AGM

For members of the Engineering Professors' Council (most academic staff working in UK engineering departments), the conference has been scheduled to coincide with the Annual General Meeting which will be held at 4pm in the same venue. There is no need to attend the Conference to attend the AGM. AGM attendees will be able to join the drinks reception after the meeting.

The New Approaches Conference is now just 10 days away and so we thought it may be helpful to send further details.

Please be reminded that the event is booked to capacity and there is a waiting list. If you can no longer make it, please let us know (by emailing j.rich@epc.ac.uk) or cancel your booking via Eventbrite.

VENUE

The address is 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL. The Conference will be held in the Riverside Room on the third floor, which can be accessed via the stairs or lift, both of which can be found just beyond reception to the left and right.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can ensure that you will be catered for.

If you have any further questions about the Conference or special needs, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

FULL PROGRAMME

Please find the agenda for the day below. We would be grateful if you could arrive in plenty of time to be registered and seated by 10am for the start of the Conference.

9:30 Arrival and Registration
10:00 Welcome: Mr Nigel Fine, Chief Executive & Secretary, The Institution of Engineering & Technology
10.10 Keynote: Prof Jeremy Watson, President, The Institution of Engineering & Technology
10:30 How They Do it Elsewhere, Prof Peter Goodhew
10:50 Accelerating the Development of Creative Design Engineering, Dr Mike Cook
11.10 Vertically Integrated Projects: Transforming Higher Education, Prof Stephen Marshall
11:30 Industry Ready Graduates through Curriculum Design, Mr Greg Rowsell
11:50 Open discussion, chaired by Prof John Perkins
12:00 Lunch and poster display
13:20 Keynote: Prof Janusz Kozinski, Founding Dean of the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University Canada
13:50 Engineering or Engineer, Prof Robin Clark and Dr Jane Andrews
14:10 The Formation of an Engineer: A View on the Engineering Curriculum, Dr Emanuela Tilley
14:30 AIMLED: A New Approach to Engineering Higher Education, Ms Karen Usher
14:50 From Creativity and Ingenuity Through Technology and Invention to Product and Market, Prof David Howard
15:10 Keynote: Prof Rick Miller, President, Olin College, USA
15:40 Open discussion, chaired by Prof Kel Fidler
15:50 Closing remarks: Prof Sarah Spurgeon, President-Elect, The Engineering Professors' Council
16:00 EPC AGM and drinks reception

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The Conference is aimed at a wide audience of academics, employers and engineers working in industry, policy-makers, professional bodies, researchers and students.

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Conference proceedings, with papers from all of the speakers and poster presenters, will be available online after the Conference on the IET and EPC websites. They will also be available in print. More information on this will be available on the day.

TWITTER: #NewApproachesHE

For further information, please contact Stephanie Fernandes SFernandes@theiet.org or j.rich@epc.ac.uk.

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