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Is Higher Education still fit for purpose?

We are pleased to invite you to the next European Convention for Engineering Deans Conference, which will be hosted at The University of Sheffield, on 12-14 June 2024

The European Convention for Engineering Deans (ECED) is an annual networking event organised by the SEFI and a SEFI member university. It brings together Deans, Heads of Department and Directors of Education from all over Europe to meet and to discuss common issues in higher engineering education. The conference will be made up of keynote speakers, networking sessions, facilitated workshops, discussion panels, round table discussions and tours of our facilities. There will be plenty of opportunities to share and exchange innovative ideas.

See the ECED 2023 report

This year’s theme will be:  Is Higher Education still fit for purpose?

  • Structural: Do the traditional hierarchies/silos prevent innovation and inter/multi/trans disciplinary approaches to education? Does academic freedom inhibit leading teaching and implementing change? Are there opportunities that traditional structures present which are being missed?
  • Technological: Does institutional inertia conflict with an agile approach and accelerating digital advances? To what extent should we embrace or resist the role of the academic being replaced by AI, individualised learning systems and analytics.
  • Change: How does context and constructs empower or present a barrier to the roadmap to institutional change? Which are the institutional instruments to affect change?

You can purchase your early bird ticket here. After 30 April 2024, tickets will be available at standard rate.

Conference Ticket Prices:

***Rate 1 ***

Price – £250, Early Bird Membership Rate. Early bird offer ends 30/04/24.

***Rate 2***

Price – £300, Flat Rate Membership Rate.

***Rate 3***

Price – £275, Early Bird Non-Membership Rate. Early bird offer ends 30/04/24.

***Rate 4***

Price – £350, Flat Rate Non-Membership Rate.

For your convenience, we have created an Accommodation Hub and you can view all the hotels we have reserved here. Rooms are limited so we ask you to book early. The city of Sheffield has the largest theatre complex outside of London and the largest urban indoor gardens in Europe. See what to do in Sheffield when you come for a visit. If you have any queries before booking your place at the conference, please send an email to

Please visit the ECED 2024 Website for more information.

Kind regards,
ECED 2024 Planning Committee

Group photo international 2023 SEFI Deans conference in the U-Parkhotel. Thursday, May 25, 2023
PHOTO: Frans Nikkels FN20230525
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