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Congratulations to Professor Lewis Elton, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the first Times Higher Awards

As well as being a keen supporter of the Centre and a member of our Advisory Board, Professor Elton is honorary professor of higher education at University College London and a visiting professor at The University of Manchester.

UKCME Website

The UKCME website has a new look - and new features to make it easier to use the site. You can access latest news and features directly from the homepage, search resources and view a list of latest events. We are also planning to provide all news items as RSS feeds early in the New Year.

Please have a look at the site and let us know what you think!

Materials Interactive CD-ROM

UKCME has recently published an interactive CD-ROM designed to increase materials awareness amongst learners at a pre-university level. We are working with the IOM3, through their Schools Liaison Committee, to disseminate the CD to as many schools as possible.

For more information or to request a copy of the CD-ROM please go to our home page

Engineering Education Conference 2006 (EE2006), 24-26 July 2006, Liverpool

By the submission deadline of 14 November EE2006 received 136 high quality abstract submissions, which have now been reviewed by our international review panel. All accepted abstracts have now been advised, and the date for receipt of final papers is 31 January 2006.

Details of the provisional conference programme, keynote speakers, registration details etc can be found on the conference website

We hope to welcome as many of you as possible to Liverpool in July 2006. Challenge

At 1200h GMT on 30 November, opened its first global Challenge, based upon the secondary steelmaking simulation. The aim was to produce a high alloy steel to a required specification at the lowest possible cost. Competitors had 24 hours and as many attempts as they could fit in to complete the Challenge.

The competition attracted more than 200 registrants from 28 different countries across 5 continents. There was wide variety in the type of participant, ranging from school and university students, academics and industry employees.

The winners were Francessco Lentini (RIVA-ILVA S.p.A, Italy) and Sebastian Michelic (University of Leoben, Austria). The winning score was submitted less than two minutes before the closing time. Both winners are to receive their awards at the ISII Spring Board meeting, attended by the CEOs of all the world's major steelmakers.

For further information, or if you wish to practice the 2005 challenge please click here. Following the success of the 2005 Challenge, ideas are already being discussed for 2006, watch this space?

And finally, thanks to you all for your input and continued support during 2005.  We hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2006.








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