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The future for engineering in Higher Education

Monday, February 10, 2014

Meg Munn MP was delighted to become a member of an expert panel for an online discussion organised by the Guardian on the future of engineering in higher education.

The panellists were united in wanting the government to do much more with schools to promote engineering for both girls and boys. Meg pointed out that we need to do more to address the issues of workplace culture to make it more welcoming to women, and ensure there is flexible working, career breaks and other retention measures.

The discussion covered the following issues: the challenges facing universities, funding for teaching and research, the push for multidisciplinary teaching, support for women in engineering, recruiting the best teaching talent and industry ties and new partnerships.

Meg continues to campaign extensively about the lack of female engineering professionals, (in the UK this is at less than 10%), so she was pleased that a large part of the discussion focused on tackling the barriers that make it difficult for women to pursue an engineering career.

Meg said:

“The discussion on engineering in higher education was lively and engaging. Given the big shortfall of skilled engineers in the UK, I was very pleased to see the issue of women in engineering taking such prominence in the debate.

Bringing professionals together from different backgrounds and with different experiences was a great way to share best practice and to highlight the common barriers which prevent people entering the engineering profession.”

Meg was joined on the panel by: Mike Hounslow, Professor of Engineering at the University of Sheffield, David Delpy, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Ruchi Choudhary, Engineering lecturer, University of Cambridge, John Mitchell, Integrated engineering programme director at UCL, David Tann, Department of urban engineering at London South Bank University, Tiina Roose, Professor of biological and environmental modelling at the University of Southampton and Gordon Mizner, Chief Executive of the Engineering Development Trust.

Further information:

To read the comments go to:  http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/jan/20/engineering-higher-education-teaching-debate 

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