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Teachers interested in attending the event should contact Duncan Allsopp on 01225 386272. Alternatively they can email the Science Learning Centre Southwest .


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Press Release - 12 June 2006

New forum helps teachers learn about their pupils’ engineering prospects

Secondary school teachers from throughout the UK will be coming to the University of Bath next month to take part in a special event that will help stimulate engineering education, and awareness of engineering, in schools.

The Teachers’ Engineering Education Forum, a joint effort between the University of Bath, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Science Learning Centre, will reflect the need for greater dialogue between engineering employers, the professional institutes, colleges and universities.

Speakers at the first ever Forum, which will take place on Wednesday 5 July 2006, include Sir David Brown, MD of Motorola UK, Peter Hughes, of Scottish Engineering, and Professor Jane Wernick, a former consulting civil engineer with Ove Arup who now runs her own engineering consultancy.

A key feature of the Forum will be an exhibition of engineering education resources that help underpin teaching of the new Science GCSE and the 14-19 Special Engineering Diploma.

More than 50 teachers from throughout the UK are expected to attend the Forum, which is the first of its kind to be held in this country.

“We want to encourage greater dialogue between all of the stakeholders in engineering education, especially to help foster a better understanding of the needs of teachers and pupils in schools,” said Dr Duncan Allsopp from the University’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering who organised the Forum.

“This is particularly important because, from September, teachers will have to deliver a curriculum with a stronger focus on application of science.

“This is the first time that anything like the Forum has been tried in the UK, but we hope it will lead to more events like this in the future.”

A limited number of bursaries worth a minimum of £50 are available for teachers wishing to attend the event. Additional bursaries are also available from the University of Bath for teachers from schools in areas with low student progression rates into higher education.

The event is supported by the institutions of Engineering and Technology, Chemical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Structural Engineers, together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, Motorola, Science Learning Centres, SEA, ARM and the University of Bath.

Teachers interested in attending the event should contact Dr Allsopp on 01225 386272. Alternatively they can email the Science Learning Centre Southwest.


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