Is engineering HE fit for the future? The EPC Congress 2018 will explore how we need to adapt teaching, research and the relationship with industry to meet the challenges of a fast-changing world.

The Annual Congress is the big event in the EPC calendar – an opportunity to network, gain and share insights and stay in touch with developments in policy and practice in teaching, research and innovation. 

This year, we are being generously hosted by Harper Adams University in bucolic surroundings in Shropshire, where we have a programme of high-profile and expert speakers. The event is not to be missed by engineering academics in UK higher education, whether you’re a senior professor or have recently joined the profession.



Simon Blackmore, Director, National Centre for Precision Farming

Dawn Bonfield MBE, Founder & Director, Towards Vision

Jules Carter, Engineering Director, Axon Automotive

Alasdair Coates, Chief Executive, The Engineering Council

Katie Cresswell-Maynard, Chief Executive, Engineers without Borders UK

David Docherty OBE, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities & Business

Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE, President, Royal Academy of Engineering 

Kel Fidler, Adviser at NMiTE and former Vice Chancellor, Northumbria University, and Chairman, The Engineering Council

Libby John, PVC and Head of College of Science & Engineering, University of Lincoln 

David Llewellyn, Vice Chancellor, Harper Adams University

Hamish McAlpine, Senior Policy Adviser on Knowledge Exchange, UK Research & Innovation

Richard Noble OBE, Bloodhound Project Director and Land Speed Record Holder

Phil Smith, Chairman, Cisco UK & Ireland, Chair, Innovate UK, and Chair, The Tech Partnership

Sarah Spurgeon OBE, President, Engineering Professors’ Council, Head of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at UCL, and President, Institute of Measurement & Control

… and comedy at the Congress Dinner from Stand-up and Materials Engineer Anna Ploszajski

Dawn Bonfield MBEAlasdair CoatesKatie Cresswell-MaynardDavid Docherty OBEHamish McAlpineDame Ann Dowling OM OBEPhil SmithSarah Spurgeon OBEAnna Ploszajski

Other speakers will be confirmed soon, including a high-profile keynote from Government.


All academic staff in any engineering discipline – from early career staff through lecturers and researchers to department heads, deans of faculties, PVCs and VCs – anyone who wish to network with colleagues, develop their professional practice and stay on top of strategic and policy challenges.

The event is also open to non-academics working in engineering or in professional bodies, who have an interest in the graduate talent pipeline, in research and in innovation.

Please note: The EPC is dedicated to supporting early careers staff and so we are offering 10 free full delegate places (with accommodation provided) to individuals who have been working in engineering in UK universities for less than five years.

Are you an early career staff? Book your place now. Why should you attend?

Aside from covering contemporary teaching and research topics through the hand-picked line up of  speakers and  the excellent networking opportunities this is a chance for you to directly interact with your engineering academic peers across all career stages. Each presentation/talk will be followed by discussion of the topics in smaller groups meaning that you will actively discuss the current topic with your peers  from assistant lecturers and research assistants to fully fledged seasoned professors. We will capture the essence of the discussions using Word Clouds and Twitter to encourage the discussions to continue after the individual sessions end.

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