EPC Annual Congress 2018: Fit for the Future

EPC Annual Congress 2018: Fit for the Future

With the generous support of Harper Adams University, The Institution of Engineering and Technology and The Institution of Agricultural Engineers. 

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Is engineering HE fit for the future? The EPC Congress 2018 will explore how we need to adapt teaching, research and our 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.

CONFIRMED KEYNOTES AND SPEAKERS

Andrew Basu-McGowan, Policy Manager, National Centre for Universities & Business

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

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

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

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

Dawn Bonfield MBEAlasdair CoatesKatie Cresswell-MaynardHamish McAlpineDame Ann Dowling OM OBEPhil SmithSarah Spurgeon OBEAnna Ploszajski

HIGHLIGHTS

As well as a packed programme of high profile speakers, the Congress will include the Congress Dinner and FREE opportunties to experience Off-road driving, a Grainger & Worrall visit, and a tour of Harper Adams' 'Hands-free Hectare' - the cutting edge of applied agricultural engineering.

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.

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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Harper Adams University is located just outside Newport in Shropshire. It is well serviced by local rail and road networks. We will be scheduling shuttle busses to and from Stafford for key trains (please note, this is a scheduled service and will not operate on-demand). Further details will be available nearer the time. 

In the meantime for further details of how to get there click here.

 

 

 

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Please note that overnight accommodation is not included in the delegate packages.

A limted number of on-campus en-suite rooms can be booked with the EPC during the booking process. Once these are all reserved, or if you prefer to staff off-campus, please book with the hotel directly. Corporate rates are available.

Please see the list of local hotels here.

EPC Congress 2018: Fit for the Future

With the generous support of Harper Adams University, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, and The Institution of Agricultural Engineers

THE PROGRAMME

Download the programme here.

 

Monday 14th May

15:00 Off-road experience

18:00 Pre-congress registration and drinks reception

18:30 HAU Motorsport Team - Barbeque

20:00 Pub and quiz

 

Tuesday 15th May

09:00 Registration: Tea, coffee

10:00 Welcome: Official Congress Opening

Sarah Spurgeon OBE, President, Engineering Professors' Council; Head of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at UCL; and immediate Past President, Institute of Measurement & Control 

10:15 Keynote: Challenges Facing the Agricultural Industry and the Role of Engineering

Dr David Llewellyn, VC Harper Adams University

10:45 Tea, coffee and refreshments

11:00 Case Studies: How do we make Engineering Education Fit for the Future?

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

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

Greg Rowsell, C2020

Dawn Bonfield MBE, Founder & Director, Towards Vision

12:15 Lunch

13:15 Graduate Panel: Opinions from the Consumer

Eleanor Krayenbrink, JLR

Sarah Malkin, Babcock DSG

Floriane Fidegnon-Edoh

Ahmad Khattab

Chair: Johnny Rich, Chief Executive, EPC

14:15 Keynote: Radical Models of Working with Industry, an SME perspective

Roger Bowden, Chairman of Niftylift Ltd

14:45 Tea, coffee and refreshments

15:10 Case study solutions: Innovations in Working with Industry

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

Professor Mary Stuart, University of Lincoln

Jules Carter, Engineering Director at Axon Automotive

Chair: Sarah Spurgeon OBE, President, Engineering Professors' Council; Head of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at UCL; and immediate Past President, Institute of Measurement & Control 

16:15 Wrap up of day one

16:30 EPC Annual General Meeting

17:30 Evening talk: Faster, further and the skills we need

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

18:15  Free time

19:00 Pre-dinner drink

20:00 Pre-dinner presentations and awards

President’s Award

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

Hammermen Award  

Incorporation of the Hammermen of Glasgow

20:25 Congress dinner

21:15 Dinner entertainment

Guest speaker: Anna Ploszajski, Stand-up and Materials Engineer

 

Wednesday 16th May

09:00 Registration: Tea, coffee

10:00 Pathways to practice (accreditation)

Keynote: Alasdair Coates, Chief Executive, The Engineering Council

Response: Professor Kel Fidler, Ex VC Northumbria University; Ex Chair of Engineering Council; Ex Chair of IEE Accreditation Committee

Chair: Professor Stephanie Haywood; University of Hull; and Vice-President (Immediate Past President), EPC

11:30 Tea, coffee and refreshments

11:45 Emerging changes: Knowledge Exchange Framework

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

12:30 Agricultural Engineering - The Future

Professor Simon Blackmore, National Centre for Precision Farming

13:00 Close of Official Congress

Sarah Spurgeon OBE, President, Engineering Professors' Council; Head of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at UCL; and immediate Past President, Institute of Measurement & Control 

13:15 Lunch

14:00 Optional tours

Grainger & Worrall

Applied Engineering, AGRIEPI & Hands-Free Hectare

 

 

until Fri 13th Apr 

until Sat 12th May

Full Congress package

£198.00

£220.00

1 day package 15th May 2018

£126.00

£140.00

1 day package 16th May 2018

£85.50

£95.00

Full Congress package +1

£178.20

£198.00

One day package 15th May 2018 +1

£113.40

£126.00

One day package 16th May 2018 +1

£76.95

£85.50

Full Congress Package (non-member)

£265.50

£295.00

1 day package 15th May 2018 (non-member)

£188.10

£209.00

1 day package 16th May 2018 (non-member)

£126.00

£140.00

Full Congress package (Early Career Staff) ** FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE**

£67.50

£75.00

1 day package 15th May 2018 (Early Career Staff)

£49.50

£55.00

1 day package 16th May 2018 (Early Career Staff)

£35.10

£39.00

Full Congress package (HAU staff)

£80.10

£89.00

1 day package 15th May 2018 (HAU staff)

£62.10

£69.00

1 day package 16th May 2018 (HAU staff)

£44.10

£49.00

 

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http://epc.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/joining-instructions.pdf

http://epc.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/joining-instructions-no-accom.pdf