EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2018

EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2018: What works?

Join us for the 2018 Recruitment and Admissions Forum at Sheffield Hallam University on 14th November 2018.

Register now to secure your place at what promises to be our best Forum to date. We bring you a new format, new insight, and evidence-based accounts of “What works” for you to take back to your university with you.

WHAT'S ON OFFER?

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Hear from the new regulator as Sarah Howls of the Office for Students joins us to discuss “What works?”. Plus, UCAS Director, Helen Thorne MBE, will give us unprecedented insight into what works in engineering admissions through an evidenced-based reflection on some of the engineering data exclusively held by UCAS. Other speakers include Susan Scurlock (Primary Engineer), Kathryn Jones (The Honest Marketer), Dr Geoff Parks (University of Cambridge, Professor Mike Bramhall (Sheffield Hallam University) and Stella Fowler (EPC).

The event will focus on four key strands of admissions: attraction, recruitment, admission and retention. Following your feedback, each theme of the 2018 event will involve both presentations and workshops, allowing plenty of time for discussion and sharing best practice. Plus, for the first time this year, we are pleased to announce a lunchtime poster session, where information on current and upcoming exciting work across each of these strands will be showcased. It is now too late to submit a poster presentation, but if you would like to discuss other ways to get involved, please email the EPC Executive.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

All staff involved in recruitment and admissions in any engineering discipline – from early career staff through lecturers and researchers to department heads, deans of faculties, PVCs and VCs – anyone with an interest in recruitment and admissions who wishes to network with colleagues, develop their professional practice and stay on top of best practice.

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

Please note: the EPC is dedicated to supporting early careers staff and so we are offering heavily discounted delegate tickets to individuals who have been working in engineering in UK universities for less than five years.

Are you an early career staff?  Why should you attend?

Aside from covering contemporary research and admissions 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. 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. We will capture the essence of the discussions using Padlet and Twitter to encourage the discussions to continue after the individual sessions end.
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EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2018: What works?

PROGRAMME

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Wednesday 14th November

Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre, Central Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

09.15 - 09.45

Registration and refreshments

 

 

09.45 - 10.00

WELCOME

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Chair: Dr Georgina Harris, Chair of EPC Recruitment and Admissions Committee

 

10.00 - 10.30

KEYNOTE: Engineering admissions: trends in applications, offers & acceptances

Helen Thorne MBE, Director, External Relations, UCAS

Chair: Dr Georgina Harris, Chair of EPC Recruitment and Admissions Committee

 

10.30 - 11.30

ATTRACTION: Engineers in the making

Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder, Primary Engineer

What attracts a school student to study engineering?

Fran Dainty, Head of STEM Content and Expertise, STEM Learning

 

11.30 - 11.45

Refreshments

 

11.45 - 12.45

RECRUITMENT: What's so special about you?

Kathryn Jones, Education Marketing Consultant, The Honest Marketer

 

12.45 - 13.30

Lunch and poster presentations

 

13.30 - 14.30

ADMISSIONS: Entry qualifications - The River of Constant Change

Dr Geoff Parks, Reader in Nuclear Engineering, University of Cambridge 

Launch of the EPC engineering enrolments survey results 2018

Stella Fowler, Engineering Professors’ Council

 

14.30 - 14.45

Refreshments

 

14.45 - 15.45

RETENTION How to keep a student through to graduation (working title)

Professor Mike Bramhall, Sheffield Hallam University

 

15.45 - 16.15

KEYNOTE: What works? (working title)

Sarah Howls, Office for Students

 

16.15 - 16.30

Roundup and close

 

Please note, the programme is subject to change

 

 

Hear from: 
  • Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University and chair of the Teaching Excellence Framework, who welcomes us to the iconic Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre and opens the 2018 EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum.
  • The HE regulator as Sarah Howls, Head of access & participation funding and programmes at the Office for Students (OfS), discusses “what works” from her unique standpoint where student interest policy meets widening participation expertise. Sarah has played a key role in the development of HE widening participation policy and led HEFCE’s work to develop, promote and protect the collective student interest.
  • The admissions experts as Helen Thorne MBE, Director of External Relations at UCAS, lends us her strategy, marketing, and student information and advice hat to bring us unprecedented insight into what works in engineering admissions through an evidenced-based reflection on some of the engineering data exclusively held by UCAS.
  • The founder of Primary Engineer Programmes, a ‘STEM by Stealth’ educational approach to bringing engineering and engineers into primary classrooms and curricula. Susan Scurlock shares with us what works at the first step with: Engineers in the Making.
  • Fran Dainty, Head of STEM Content and Expertise at STEM Learning, who tells us What attracts a school student to study engineering? Fran leads the STEM expert team as the Head of STEM Content and Expertise of the National STEM Learning Network which manages programmes supporting STEM education and skills, providing high-impact, subject-specific CPD.  Fran is also a Chartered Science Teacher with over 15 years of experience of teaching and leading science and STEM in secondary schools.
  • The Honest Marketer, Kathryn Jones, who will ask What is so special about you? Kathryn will share with us her best practice advice followed by workshops looking at engagement and conversion practices. A former Director of Marketing and Communications at two universities, Kathryn has over 25 years’ experience of communications, public relations and award-winning marketing. She has worked with almost a dozen universities and colleges since setting up as an education marketing consultant in 2014.
  • University of Cambridge’s resident admissions expert, Senior Tutor, and Director of Studies in Engineering at Jesus College, Dr Geoff Parks. Geoff heads the Computational Design Group in the Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, which researches into the effective exploitation and integration of computational analysis and optimisation methods within the Engineering Design process.
  • The EPC’s own Stella Fowler, who will share with us the headlines of the annual EPC engineering enrolments survey. Stella has over 20 years’ experience of analysing HE data to lead evidence-based policy and strategic decision making.
  • Learning, Teaching and Assessment expert, Mike Bramhall, who directs his 30 years’ on the ground engineering teaching experience away from the Higher Education Academy and the Quality Assurance Agency – who regularly draw on his expertise – to tell us How to keep a student through to graduation. Mike is an Emeritus Professor of Engineering Education at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), having previously been the Assistant Dean Academic Development for the faculty of Arts, Computing Engineering & Sciences.

 

 

 

EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum day ticket £75.00
EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum day ticket (Early Career Staff) £37.50
EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum day ticket (non-member) £99.00

Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre

The EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum will be held at the Hertha Ayton STEM Centre, City Campus.

City Campus

City Campus is located opposite Sheffield train station and next to Sheffield bus station – as you walk out of the station you are right in the middle of our campus.

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EPC Recruitment and Admissions Forum 2018: What works?

Submit your poster presentation outline now! 

For the first time in 2018, delegates are now invited to submit, share and network over "what works?" posters. Poster presentation should focus on one of the four key strands of the forum:

ATTRACTION

ADMISSIONS

RECRUITMENT

RETENTION

Poster submissions can now be submitted using this form.

The delegate fee (£99 non-EPC members, £75 members) will be waived for delegates whose poster submissions are successful. Note that space is limited and submission is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Submit your poster presentation outline now!