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A common myth amongst academia is that accreditation stifles innovative provision. This is not so. The accreditation process supports innovation in the delivery and content of engineering degrees.
Universities are encouraged to contact the relevant accrediting professional engineering institution at an early stage in programme development to seek their advice and guidance about meeting accreditation requirements. This applies to all programmes but is particularly important when something new and innovative is being planned.
Innovative programmes may include a range of providers, the involvement of several departments, or a specific approach to industrial engagement or curriculum delivery. There are many more examples and possibilities, some of which are in the 'Accredited innovative provision table' in the useful documents section below.
Innovative provision was explored in workshops hosted at both the HEA STEM conference and EPC Annual Congress in April 2013. Information from these events can be found in the useful documents section below.