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HE Bulletin - Spring 2021

Implementation of Revised Engineering Council Standards

Published: 17/04/2021

Following publication of The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) 4.0 HE providers can request accreditation against the old or new learning outcomes for accreditation visits held before September 2024. Guidance is being developed to support Approval and Accreditation of Qualifications and Apprenticeships (AAQA), the new Engineering Council Standard against which apprenticeships …

Covid-19 and accreditation

Covid-19 and accreditation

Published: 15/04/2021

The Engineering Council and the professional engineering institutions we license recognise that Covid-19 is presenting many challenges for universities, and we are keen to be flexible and supportive whilst ensuring that standards are maintained. Anyone with queries related to either continued accreditation of programmes in light of changes in response to Covid-19 or future accreditation activity is advised to …

Top-up degrees

Top-up degrees

Published: 16/04/2021

The Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) 4.0 explicitly supports accreditation of top-up degrees, as well as programmes which can underpin top-up degrees, such as Foundation degrees and Higher National Diplomas. …

Updated guidance on sustainability and D&I framework

Updated guidance on sustainability and D&I framework

Published: 16/04/2021

The Engineering Council has published updated Guidance on Sustainability as part of its suite of guidance for practicing engineers. This document and others in the suite may be useful to academics and engineering students. The guidance covers areas which students who have completed accredited programmes will expect to demonstrate learning outcomes in. Other guidance in the suite covers the topics of whistleblowing, security, safety and risk, …

Brexit and international recognition

Brexit and international recognition

Published: 19/04/2021

The Engineering Council is a signatory to a number of international accords which afford recognition of accredited degrees by agencies in signatory countries. This recognition of UK programmes is unaffected by Brexit. The Engineering Council is also a member of the European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Accreditation (ENAEE), providing the option for universities to purchase EUR-ACE labels for accredited degrees of 180+ ECTS credits. …

Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) joint accreditation visits

Engineering Accreditation Board (EAB) joint accreditation visits

Published: 27/04/2021

Universities seeking accreditation by three or more professional engineering institutions for a single programme or group of related programmes can request an EAB visit. A number of EAB visits have been postponed due to the pandemic, and those scheduled for spring/summer 2021 will be held virtually. Decisions have yet to be made on whether visits scheduled for autumn 2021 will be face to face or virtual. …

Students turn to technology with university choices, new UCAS data shows

Students turn to technology with university choices, new UCAS data shows

Published: 27/04/2021

New subject data from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) shows a big shift towards technology-based degrees, including a 400% jump in acceptances to artificial intelligence (AI) courses. The final release of university and college level application and acceptance figures for the 2020 cycle reveals that the continued popularity of STEM subjects shows no sign of waning. …

Tomorrow's Engineers Code, careers hub, and climate focus

Tomorrow's Engineers Code, careers hub, and climate focus

Published: 29/04/2021

Tomorrow’s Engineers have launched a new careers hub aimed at inspiring the next generation. Neon curates engineering experiences – bringing together inspiration, up-to-date careers information, and real-world applications of engineering in an engaging format. …