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UKPSEC and UKPSFDual professionalism of engineering educators Dr Jarka Glassey – Newcastle University Dr Gill Cooke – Engineering and Materials Discipline Lead
Outline • Background • Motivation • The UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence • Approach to UKSPEC - UKPSF mapping • Next steps
Background • Biochemical engineer with a degree from STU, Bratislava • PhD in bioprocess modelling from Newcastle University • Reader in chemical engineering education • Extensive experience in QA in HE (Director of Teaching, Degree Programme Director, etc.) • Chair of Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice BoS • Chair of IChemE Education SIG • CEng and Fellow of IChemE, mentor for CEng applicants • HEA Principal Fellow (D4)
Motivation • To encourage engineering educators to gain recognition of their dual professionalism as educators (UKPSF) and professional engineers (UKSPEC) • Engineering Council and Professional Engineering Institutions licenced to award CEng recognition increasingly requiring professional recognition of academics in accredited departments • Teaching excellence recognition equally important
UKSPEC • Describes competence and commitment requirements to be met for registration as EngTech, IEng and Chartered Engineer (CEng).
UKSPEC • Includes examples of activities that could demonstrate achievement of the requirements • Professional registration underpins the systems and processes that ensure the current and future safeguarding of society. • Provides the confidence that professionally registered engineers and technicians possess and maintain the knowledge, skills and commitment required to meet the engineering and technological needs • More detail on www.engc.org.uk
UKSPEC • A Knowledge and understanding • B Design and development of processes, systems, services and products • C Responsibility, management or leadership • D Communication and inter-personal skills • E Professional commitment
UKSPEC Process: • Complete the relevant documentation providing evidence against the requirements • Peer evaluation and interview – recommendation to the Panel • Passport to practice?
Approach to UKSPEC - UKPSF mapping • Engineering lens on the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education and the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence • Practical guidance to those wishing to develop and demonstrate their professional education practice as set out in The UKPSF and their competence and commitment standard for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status that is set out in UKSPEC. • HEA recognition at Fellow (D2) level is assumed, although a number of UK-SPEC requirements may map more directly onto higher level UKPSF descriptors.
Approach to UKSPEC - UKPSF mapping • HEA academic associate appointed • Review of the various PEI requirements of demonstrating Competence and Commitment • Discussions with Deborah Seddon at Engineering Council • Consultation with PEI representatives • Draft lens reviewed by Engineering Council and HEA • Third version of UKSPEC published end January 2014 • Draft graphical version of the lens developed
The actual process • Detailed knowledge of UKSPEC through mentoring and involvements with the IChemE Professional Formation Forum initiatives • Detailed knowledge of UKPSF through close involvement in re-accreditation of the CASAP programme and the development of University CPD framework • ‘One person’ initial mapping • Consultations with relevant experts • More effective with a team?
Next steps • Piloting the Engineering lens • Two senior engineering colleagues who already have CEng and are interested in HEA fellowship • An engineering educator in the final year of their three year academic probation period, a member of professional society but not a CEng • Additional interest in piloting from the last HEA UKPSF Road Show • Review of the mapping, wider piloting and final publishing of the Engineering lens on UKPSF