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Report calls for £40m urgent investment in careers provision

Published: 08/06/2021

A new report calls on government to invest £40 million in improving access to careers provision for students in schools and colleges in England to enable more young people to understand the opportunities available in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers and so support the drive to build back better and ’level up’ across the UK in a post-Covid world. …

Vocational T Level qualifications roll out further

Vocational T Level qualifications roll out further

Published: 28/05/2021

A new kind of vocational qualification is rolling out further across England from September 2021. T Levels are two year courses, for students aged 16-19, which have been developed in collaboration with businesses. T Levels follow on from GCSEs, are equivalent to three A Levels, and represent the biggest reform to vocational training in a generation. …

Studying engineering ‘turbo boosts’ social mobility, research shows

Studying engineering ‘turbo boosts’ social mobility, research shows

Published: 25/05/2021

A new study, published by the Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC), reveals that studying an Engineering degree gives individuals a greater boost to social mobility when compared to other subjects. The EPC’s Chief Executive, Johnny Rich, commented: "We have found clear evidence that Engineering makes a significant contribution to social justice for its graduates – perhaps to a greater extent than almost any other discipline in higher education." …

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week reflects international climate conference

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week reflects international climate conference

Published: 29/04/2021

The main themes of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will be achieving net zero and how engineering can contribute to tackling climate change. The event will coincide with international climate change conference COP26 (26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties), which the UK is hosting from 1-12 November 2021. …

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. …

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. …

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. …

Implementation of Revised Engineering Council Standards

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 …

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. …

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 …