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IET Academic Partner Summer Conference 2016

This year’s IET Academic Partner Summer Conference was held on 6 July 2016 at IET London: Savoy Place.

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Exclusively for IET Academic Partners, this year’s summer event offered engaging talks along with several opportunities to network, share best practice and celebrate the ongoing success of the Academic Partner programme. Attended by representatives from the majority of the IET’s Academic Partner universities, the conference began with IET Chief Executive Nigel Fine welcoming guests to IET London: Savoy Place and giving an overview of the highlights of Academic Partners from the past 12 months, continuing to facilitate links within its partnership community being high on the IET’s agenda.

Expanding collaboration

“Bringing our partnership communities together is particularly important to us. We look forward to continuing to evolve our partnerships over the coming years to enable this kind of collaboration and have a bigger collective voice for engineering and technology,” Nigel said at the event.

Best practice

Dr Misha Filip, from the IET Academic Accreditation Committee, then gave a presentation on best practice for integrating industrial input within accredited programmes alongside the IET’s Academic Accreditation Manager, Katherine Bunting.

Teaching excellence

Paul Chillingworth from Mathematics in Education and Industry presented the opportunities and risks of a further mathematics A Level, followed by the Higher Education Academy’s Head of STEM, Sean Ryan, who gave an update on the Teaching Excellence Framework. Dr Lisa Simmons from Manchester Metropolitan University took to the stage next to discuss the university’s experience of embedding the online development recording and planning tool IET Career Manager into their curriculum.

Graduate employability

The presentations closed with Professor John Perkins, Chair of the IET Education and Skills Sector Panel, speaking about graduate employability, including potential problems and what action the IET is taking.
Both the presentations and Q&A panel raised some interesting points that continued to be discussed throughout the following networking session. In addition, during the event guests were treated to a complimentary tour of the refurbished IET London: Savoy Place including the impressive roof terrace.

Fantastic feedback

The Academic Partner team received fantastic feedback, with several guests commenting on how wonderful it was to see the new, technologically advanced building.

You can find the presentation slides and photos from this event online at bit.ly/2dsFoid.