EPC Congress 2020 - Industry and Academia: Supercharging the Crucible

EPC Annual Congress 2020

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

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Graduate Prospects

Dr Alison Campbell OBE, Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Mary Curnock-Cook OBE, Chair of Board at 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

Stuart Harper, JCB Engineering Excellence

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

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

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

Helen Melling, Head of Talent, McLaren Automotive

Connor Moss, Dean of Work based Learning, SHU

Elena Rodriguez Falcon, Chief Executive at NMiTE

Vanessa Wilson, Chief Executive at University Alliance

 

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.

The Congress will be held from 6th to 8th April 2020 at Sheffield Hallam University. It 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. Book by 29th February for your double discounted EPC member early bird ticket. 

DRAFT PROGRAMME*

Monday 6th April

14:15   Guided tour of the Advanced Manufacturing Park

18:00   Drinks reception, buffet and pub quiz

 

Tuesday 7th April

09:00   Registration: Tea, coffee

10:00   Welcome: Official Congress Opening             

            Professor Sir Chris Husbands, VC, Sheffield Hallam University

10:10   Keynote

            Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation UKRI

11:10   Tea, coffee and refreshments

11:30   Plenary panel session: Two cultures

            Mary Curnock Cook OBE, Chair, Dyson Institute 

            Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, NCUB

12:30   Keynote

13:00   Lunch + poster session

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

            Stuart Harper, JCB Engineering Excellence

            Elena Rodriguez-Falcon, Chief Executive, NMiTE

            Connor Moss, Dean of Work-based Learning, SHU

14.30   Plenary: Research and research barriers

            Vanessa Wilson, Chief Executive, University Alliance

15:15   Tea, coffee and refreshments

15:30   Plenary: Knowledge exchange

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

            Alice Frost, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Research England

16:15   Industry-academia Speed dating

17:00   EPC Annual General Meeting

18:00   Public lecture

19:00   Congress dinner at Culters' Hall

            Award of the Incorporation of the Hammermen of Glasgow Student Prize

            President’s Prize

            Evening entertainment

            Simon Fanshawe OBE, Diversity by Design

 

Wednesday 8th April

09:00   Registration: Tea, coffee

09:30   Plenary: Recruitment & the labour market

            Charlie Ball, Head of Higher Education Intelligence, Prospects

            Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive, Institute of Student Employers

            Helen Melling, Head of Talent, McLaren Automotive

            Stuart Harper, JCB Engineering Excellence

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

            

11:15   Coffee break

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

12:45   Closing Remarks 

             Prof Colin Turner, EPC President and University of Ulster      

13:00   Lunch

EPC Congress 2020: Hammermen Student Prize

Win the coveted Hammermen Student Prize; a cash award of up to £500; and one of 5 free places at the EPC Annual Congress including dinner, accommodation and hospitality.

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

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.

Apply now – abstract deadline Monday 2nd March

To enter the competition, all undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students / KTP associates are now invited to submit 100-word abstracts for a poster on the theme of collaboration between business and academia. Abstracts may be published in Congress materials or on the EPC website.

Successfully longlisted entries – will hear from us by Monday 6th March.

A total of 15 long-listed entries will be selected by Sheffield Hallam’s Engineering Department to submit full posters, all of which will be displayed at the Annual Congress. Successful entries will be contacted on 6th March and invited to submit a full poster for display at Congress.

Student posters must be received by us by 16th March.

All longlisted students reaching this stage of the competition and submitting their poster on time will be invited to attend Congress at the heavily discounted Early Career Staff rate (£125). All those eligible may also bring a +1 (their supervisor / KTP employer) to the whole of Congress at the discounted EPC member rate (£299).

Poster finalists – will hear from us by Monday 23rd March

The panel will select 5 of these full posters as finalists and those students will be invited – at the EPC’s expense – to attend the full Congress and present their posters. In order to qualify for this exceptional offer, students will need to attend Congress in full, so please save the date: EPC Congress 2020 will take place from 6th to 8th April 2020 at Sheffield Hallam University.

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 7th April

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.

 

Early Bird rate (to 29.02.20)

Full price

Non-member

£399 

£449

Member

£249 

£299

Early career member

£99

£125

SHU staff

£125

£125

Please note, 5 x Early Career staff places are available to qualifying members. Terms and conditions apply.

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. A drinks reception will be held in Hallam View  on Monday 6th April at 18:.30. A buffet will be provided. Congress Dinner on Tuesday 7th April 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.