EPC Congress 2020 - Industry and Academia: Supercharging the Crucible

EPC Annual Congress 2020 - will now be held from 7th to 9th September 2020 at Sheffield Hallam University. You can reserve your space risk free, with payment due by 7th August . Select pay by invoice.

Industry and Academia: supercharging the crucible 

What is the role of industry in university education? How can academia and industry better work together? The opportunities for teaching, student outcomes, research, knowledge exchange, social impact are all there, but how do we grab them? Understand the challenges, discover solutions and develop your own.

This year, we are being hosted by Sheffield Hallam University, 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.

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Prof Helen Atkinson CBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University

Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Graduate Prospects

Prof Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University

Dinah Caine CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Creative Skillset, Chair, Goldsmiths University, and Civic Universities Commissioner

Dr Alison Campbell OBE, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Mary Curnock-Cook OBE, Chair of Council, The Dyson Institute

Dr Joanna Cox, Head of Strategic Engagement and Partnership, IET

Simon Fanshawe OBE, Diversity by Design

Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England

Prof Mark Gillan, Chief Technology Officer, Innovate UK

Stuart Harper, JCB Engineering Excellence

Adam Hart-Davis, scientist, author, historian and broadcaster

Michael Hill-King, Huawei

Sir Chris Husbands, Chair of TEF and Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

Dr Hywel Jones, Co-founder and director of spin out companies XeraCarb Ltd and Mikana Innovations Ltd and Sheffield Hallam University 

Prof Kevin Kerrigan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Enterprise, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE)

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)

Shivaun Meehan, konfer

Helen Melling, Head of Talent, McLaren Automotive

Prof Ian Noble, Senior RDQ Director, Mondelez International and Head of Bournville Technology Centre

Dr Ian Palmer, Dean, Escape Studios, Pearson College London

Prof John Perkins CBE, University of Manchester

Elena Rodriguez Falcon, Chief Executive, NMiTE

Vanessa Wilson, Chief Executive, University Alliance

Prof Bruce M Wood, The Incorporation of the Hammermen of Glasgow

 

Other high-profile and expert speakers will be confirmed soon. There will also be live debates, presentations, a guided tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Park, the Congress dinner at Sheffield’s famous Cutlers’ Hall – including the awards of the President’s Prize and the Incorporation of the Hammermen of Glasgow Student Prize – and evening entertainment.

Congress 2020 is not to be missed by engineering academics in UK higher education, whether you’re a senior professor or have recently joined the profession. We are offering a limited number of free places for early career staff (including accommodation) and big discounts for EPC members and early bird bookings.

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. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

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.

The EPC is dedicated to supporting early careers staff and so we are offering 5 free full delegate places (with accommodation provided) to individuals who have been working in engineering in UK universities for less than five years.

Booking is open now so reserve your place right away. Look out for member discounts.

DRAFT PROGRAMME*

Monday 7th September

14:15   Guided tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Park - pre booking essential

18:00   Drinks reception, buffet and pub quiz

 

Tuesday 8th September

09:00   Registration: Tea, coffee

10:00   Welcome: Official Congress Opening            

            Prof Colin Turner, EPC President and Professor of Engineering Education in the School of Engineering at the University of Ulster

10:15  Plenary: Two cultures

            Prof Liz Barnes, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Staffordshire University

            Michael Hill-King, Huawei

            Dr Sarah Main, Executive Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) 

            Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)

11:30  Tea, coffee and refreshments

11:45   Keynote

            TBC - Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will now be addressing EPC members by live-stream on Tuesday 7th April, see the EPC website.

12:45   Lunch and EPC Hammermen Student Prize poster session

13:40   Debate: We believe that work-related learning needs to be in the workplace

            Stuart Harper, JCB Engineering Excellence

            Prof Kevin Kerrigan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Enterprise, Sheffield Hallam University

            Dr Ian Palmer, Dean, Escape Studios, Pearson College London

            Prof Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Chief Executive, NMiTE

14.30   Plenary: Research and research barriers

            Prof Helen Atkinson CBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University

            Prof Ian Noble, Senior RDQ Director, Mondelez International and Head of Bournville Technology Centre

            Shivaun Meehan, konfer

            Vanessa Wilson, Chief Executive, University Alliance

15:30   Tea, coffee and refreshments

15:45   Plenary: Knowledge exchange

            Dr Alison Campbell OBE, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland and former PraxisAuril Chair

            Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England

            Prof Mark Gillan, Chief Technology Officer, Innovate UK

              Dr Hywel Jones, Co-founder and director of spin out companies XeraCarb Ltd and Mikana Innovations Ltd and Sheffield Hallam University

17:00   EPC Annual General Meeting

18:00   Public lecture: What Makes Britain Great?

            Adam Hart-Davis, scientist, author, photographer, historian and broadcaster

19:00   Congress dinner at Cutlers' Hall

            Award of the Incorporation of the Hammermen of Glasgow Student Prize

              Awarded by Prof Bruce M Wood, Deacon

            President’s Prize

            Awarded to Prof John Perkins CBE

            Evening entertainment

            By Perrier Comedy Award Winner Simon Fanshawe OBE, Diversity by Design

 

Wednesday 9th September

09:00   Registration: Tea, coffee

09:15   Plenary: Recruitment & the labour market

            Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Prospects

            Dr Joanna Cox, Head of Strategic Engagement and Partnership, IET

            Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

            Helen Melling, Head of Talent, McLaren Automotive

11:30   Keynote: Apart from or a part of the community

            Dinah Caine CBE, Chair, Goldsmiths University, Civic Universities Commissioner and former CEO, Creative Skillset

11:30   Tea, coffee and refreshments

11:45    Keynote: Industry and academia: meeting the challenges

             Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Chair of Council, The Dyson Institute

12:45    Keynote: What it really means to be excellent in teaching in collaboration with industry

             Sir Chris Husbands, VC, Sheffield Hallam University

13:00    Lunch

 

 

* Subject to change

EPC Congress 2020: Hammermen Student Prize

The Hammermen Student Prize celebrates the achievements of different engineering students each year at the EPC’s Annual Congress. We’re thrilled to announce that this year we will not only recognise the students but, for the first time, will actively showcase their work as part of Congress 2020 - Industry and Academia: Supercharging the Crucible -  which will now take place from 7th to 9th September 2020 at Sheffield Hallam University.

This 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.

The Hammermen Student Prize application window is now closed.

We received a phenomenal number of applications, longlisted to 15 posters which have been selected for display at Congress. The 5 finalists have now been invited – at the EPC’s expense – to attend the full Congress and present their posters. 

Finalists may also bring a +1 (their supervisor / KTP employer) to the whole of Congress at the heavily discounted EPC member rate (£299). Alternatively, you may wish for your additional representative to attend Congress dinner only (for a fee of £125).

The winner(s) – will be announced at Congress on 8th September

Delegates at the Congress will be invited to vote on their favourite poster from the finalists and the winner(s) will be announced during the Annual Congress Dinner to be held at the famous Cutlers’ Hall. The award and the £500 prize fund will be presented by The Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow on the night.

Why should you enter?

The Engineering Professors’ Council represents the academic engineers in the UK, with most university engineering faculties as members comprising over 7,500 academic staff.  We offer an authoritative voice of engineering departments’ interests to key audiences such as funders, influencers, employers, professional bodies and government. The EPC has an impactful web presence and an active lobbying community.

Congress is theme based – this year focusing on the relationship between academia and industry – and is attended by members across all engineering disciplines and at all levels; from early career staff through lecturers and researchers to department heads, deans of faculties, PVCs and VCs. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to network with colleagues, develop your professional practice and stay on top of strategic and policy challenges.

“I have come to see that EPC is not only for “professors” but for all HE stakeholders and has a unique role in bringing together different institutions and members, and advocating for HE in the political arena – which is even more complex than the science we work on each day.” Anh Tran, Coventry University.

Those early in their career have confirmed that they benefit especially from the insight of the hand-picked line up of speakers and the excellent networking opportunities. This is a chance for you to directly interact with engineering academics at all career stages.

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.

Right in the middle of the UK, with great transport links to the rest of the UK, Sheffield Hallam is just two hours from London by train.

The 2020 EPC Annual Congress will take place at Cantor Building, Sheffield Hallam University, City Centre Campus, Furnival Street, Sheffield, S1 2NU

If you are joining us for Monday’s Advanced Manufacturing Park tour, this will start and end at the Owen Building main entrance – see city centre map below. This tour is strictly by pre-booking. A drinks reception will be held on Monday 7th September at 18:.30. A buffet will be provided. Congress Dinner on Tuesday 8th September will be in Sheffield’s famous Cutlers' Hall (see map).

The University's City Centre Campus is immediately opposite both the train and bus station in Sheffield.

If you are arriving by train, please see map below and follow the arrows from the railway station to the Cantor building.

If you are travelling by car (or using satnav on foot) please use postcode S1 2NU.

Full directions can be found on the SHU website.

Unfortunately, there is no parking available at the University unless you are a blue badge holder.

Parking in the city centre is relatively easy and Sheffield Hallam have parking discounts at two nearby city centre car parks, the NCP Car Park on Arundel Gate and the APCOA car park on Eyre Street. Please follow this link for details.

Blue badge holders should call Sheffield Hallam University on 0114 225 6464 before the Congress and they'll arrange suitable parking.

 

Accommodation is not included in your Congress package but we are able to benefit from a variety of Sheffield Hallam discount codes. Further details and a list of options to suit different budgets is available here. The Jury’s Inn on Eyre Street is the closest to Cantor building followed by the Novotel.

If you are joining the Advanced Manufacturing Park tour, you will have time check into your hotel after the tour before coming to the drinks reception/buffet/quiz night starting at 18:00.

COVID-19: Postponement of Annual Congress

Congress has now been rescheduled to 7th-9th September 2020. Delegates who booked to attend EPC Congress on its original dates are entitled to a full refund of the amount paid if it is claimed by email before 7th August 2020. If a refund is claimed, it will be necessary to rebook to attend Congress on the new dates. However, there is no need to claim a refund if delegates still wish to attend as their booking will be automatically transferred to the new dates unless we are advised otherwise. Bookings can be transferred to another delegate so long as they are eligible to attend at the same booking rate and so long as we are informed by email not less than one week before Congress.

Given the uncertain public health situation, we acknowledge that Congress may have to be further postponed or cancelled from the dates of 7-9th September 2020. A decision whether to go ahead will be published before 7th August 2020 allowing time for refunds to be claimed if necessary owing to changed arrangements. If there is a need to cancel the Congress after this date, the EPC will refund delegate fees in full.

We hope that members and delegates recognise that the EPC has sought to be fair and generous in our approach under difficult circumstances. Any other full or partial refunds will be at the sole discretion of the EPC. We regret that the EPC cannot accept financial responsibility for any costs in connection with third parties, such as non-refundable travel expenses or accommodation. We urge you to contact the third party as soon as possible.