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Press Release - 12 June 2007

Teachers to strengthen future of engineering

Teachers from across the UK are invited to address how to attract more young people into engineering, at a conference at the University of Bath (Wednesday 4 July).

The Teachers’ Engineering and Science Education Forum is expected to attract up to 100 teachers to share ideas and information with engineering employers, representatives of professional institutions and academics.

The event will give teachers information on opportunities in professional engineering and outreach initiatives, to support them in their role as career and educational advisors.

An exhibition will showcase the educational material, practical ideas and support available from professional institutions and companies.

Professor Glynis Breakwell, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, will open the event. Keynote speeches from professionals on engineering education will include Rolls-Royce Chief Engineer Sam Beale, and Charles Curry, Managing Director of synchronisation specialists Chronos Technology.

Dr Wendy Daniell from the University of Bristol’s Department of Civil Engineering will speak about the summer schools on offer at Bristol. John Trickett, Director of Wessex SETpoint, will discuss his organisation’s activities to promote science, maths, engineering and technology to young people.

Dr Toby Whitley, research officer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and one of the event organisers, said: “Encouraging more young people into engineering is vital in order to compete on the global market.

“We can't compete on things like labour costs but we can compete in terms of technical and engineering knowledge and excellence. With China and India recognising and training good engineers it becomes even more important.”

In a panel discussion, delegates will have the chance to question where engineering education can fit into, and be added to, the Key Stage 3 and 4 science curriculum.

Teachers will also have the opportunity to tour the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Design.

The event is open to everyone involved in the teaching of science and engineering, including secondary science teachers, post-16 science and engineering lecturers and those involved in developing science curricula or promoting science and engineering to young people.

It is organised by the University’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the Widening Participation team with support from the Science Learning Centre South West, The Royal Academy of Engineering, the University of Bristol, SETNET and Aimhigher.

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