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HE Bulletin - Autumn 2020

Revised Engineering Council Standards Published

Published: 16/09/2020

The fourth edition of Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) and the first edition of the Approval and Accreditation of Qualifications and Apprenticeships (AAQA) have been published ahead of the 2020-2021 academic year. There will be a transition period, from publication until the start of the 2023 academic year. …

Accreditation Review – give your views

Accreditation Review – give your views

Published: 21/09/2020

The Engineering Council is seeking views from higher education providers on options to enhance accreditation processes. This follows our initial Accreditation Review consultation, which took the form of focus groups and structured interviews with stakeholders, and identified some opportunities for improvement. …

Covid-19 and accreditation

Covid-19 and accreditation

Published: 21/09/2020

The Engineering Council has received a number of queries from engineering academics with regards to the approaches they should take to delivery and assessment of degrees in light of the Covid-19 emergency. We have published ‘Covid 19: Information for HE Providers’ on our website. …

Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) joint accreditation visits

Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) joint accreditation visits

Published: 21/09/2020

Universities seeking accreditation by three or more professional engineering institutions for a single programme or group of related programmes can request an EAB visit. In light of the Covid-19 situation, it is possible that visits may need to be postponed or consideration given to virtual visits. …

New course search database

New course search database

Published: 21/09/2020

The Engineering Council has published a new course search database, which replaces separate databases for accredited degrees and approved technician programmes. Employers, students and graduates can now look in one place to see whether a degree, apprenticeship or other qualification is recognised (accredited or approved). …

Brexit and international recognition

Brexit and international recognition

Published: 21/09/2020

Following the passage of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20, the UK government continues to negotiate a potential trade deal with the EU. The current framework for recognition of professional qualifications remains in place until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. …

Research points to engineering degrees boosting salaries

Research points to engineering degrees boosting salaries

Published: 17/09/2020

IMechE has reported on a study that reveals an engineering degree significantly boosts lifetime earnings. According to the study of 2,042 UK adults, the increase in earnings from an engineering degree (compared to lifetime wages for people with no degree and a minimum of five A-C grade GCSEs) is more than £32,000 above the average increase from having a degree. …