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Consultation on Future of the Register of Practitioners

The HEA are consulting on proposals for a new system of national professional recognition for staff who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and enhancing learning.

Feedback from across the sector suggests that the current model of the Register is no longer appropriate. The proposed model incorporates three categories that align with the recently published UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching in higher education. It is intended both to accord professional status to individuals and to provide higher education institutions with a means to recognise and reward teaching and supporting student learning.

The Academy wants to ensure that the new model enjoys wide support both within and outside the HE sector and would therefore welcome your participation and views in an online questionnaire, which should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.

FE Resources

Our FE pages now include details of a number of resources which we hope will be of use to lecturers working in FE. These include seven downloadable Powerpoint presentations on a number of topics, details of useful videos and teaching ideas.

DTI Study into Future of UK Materials Sector

The results of a Department of Trade and Industry funded study into the future of the UK materials sector has been published. A summary of the issues relating to skills and education have been extracted and are available at:

Survey of Engineering and Material Science REsources

We are currently conducting a survey into the usage of nationally funded Engineering and Material Science Resources (e.g. those developed with TLTP, FDTL or other national funding).

Do you currently use or have you previously used any of the following Computer Based Learning Resources?

EDEC, CALVisual, CALGroup, ECorr, HELM, GeotechniCAL, INTERACT, COMPACT, iDEr, Filter, QUEST, CATEEC, Matter, ECorr, DoITPoMS, Scholar or any other CAL Resource for Engineering or Material Sciences? If so it would be much appreciated if you could complete our questionnaire at:

Website User Guide

Database of Resources User Guide

Materials Interactive CD-ROM

We've had an overwhelming response for copies of our Materials Interactive CD-ROM, and are now looking into organising another print run. Originally designed and created as a teaching aid and a tool for increasing awareness of our discipline, copies of the CD have now made it as far as New Zealand and Canada. More information and details on ordering can be found at:

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

Please note that the early bird registration date has been extended to 1 May 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

New Staff at the Centre

We would like to introduce you to 3 new UKCME staff members:

Pat Owen, Centre Aministrator
John Wilcox, Sector Skills Council Adviser
Ian Taylor, Educational Adviser

Short biogs and photos can be found on our website at:







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