EPC publications

The EPC publishes a variety of material including responses to matters of national debate, a selection of presentations from recent meetings, bulletins and briefings for the benefit of members and a series of Occasional Papers reporting on research or recommendations for best practice.

Recent publications:

  • Engineering Opportunity: Maximising the opportunities for social mobility from studying Engineering. The starting point for the EPC’s new report is that, on average, Engineering graduates go on to earn more than most other graduates. That fact won’t surprise anyone, but the report explores the story behind it and has wide implications for higher education policy and supporting social mobility. Studying engineering boosts earnings significantly, regardless of background, and so supports social mobility.
  • The Impact of Brexit on HE research funding: an EPC research briefing. 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. The briefing is available to download, and we have also examined in additional depth some of the implications for different engineering disciplines and regions.
  • Career-Framework-University-Teaching-April-2018: Published by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this is a template for evaluating teaching achievement, by Prof Ruth Graham (a long-time friend of the EPC), which is an important contribution to efforts continually to drive standards in engineering teaching. It is an important tool in elevating professionalism in HE teaching to the same status as research (particularly for the purpose of career progression) and follows the interim report Does teaching advance your academic career?
  • Experience Enhanced: This influential paper examines degree apprenticeships policy in practice, identifying key barriers to their success in the interests of learner, employers and the public good. It makes number of substantial recommendations for government, employers, the Institute for Apprenticeships, professional bodies and HE/training providers to enhance and improve the effectiveness of the degree apprenticeships. This followed the previous discussion paper ‘Designing apprenticeships for success‘  which focused on: apprentices’ experience and outcomes; collaboration between HEIs and employers; accreditation and assessment; funding; and parity of esteem.
  • Proceedings of the Conference: New Approaches to Engineering in Higher Education: This eBook (in PDF format) contain the published papers presented at the EPC/IET Conference in May 2017.
  • Making Waves: The EPC Strategic Plan 2017: An important roadmap setting out the future for the EPC, including outlining the new Engineering Academics Network to be launched in 2018.
  • The EPC’s Briefing Paper “Brexit impact in Engineering Higher Education”