Glossary

There are many terms in currency around the education world which display ambiguity of meaning. This is an attempt to define a vocabulary which clarifies at least what is meant when we use a word or phrase of jargon in the context of engineering education.  The following list is alphabetical: no further significance is intended by the order of terms.

Engineering Council

As the regulatory body for the UK engineering profession, the Engineering Council sets and maintains internationally recognised standards of professional competence and commitment. 

Engineering Professors Council

The Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) is a representative body for engineering in higher education.  Its primary purpose is to provide a forum in which engineers working in UK higher education can  exchange ideas about engineering education, research and other matters of common interest and to come together to provide an influential voice and authoritative conduit through which engineering departments’ interests can be represented to  key audiences such as funders, influencers, employers, professional bodies and Government. There are currently 81 institutional members encompassing about 6,000 academic staff.   The Royal Academy of Engineering is also a member.

Engineering UK

EngineeringUK is a not for profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to promote the vital role of engineers and engineering to society.

experiential learning

Kolb postulated that many students learned by undergoing an experience, reflecting on it, forming concepts from it, then trying these out. This is the Kolb experiential leaning cycle.