Our new special issue on ethics

Adding to the literature on engineering ethics education is a new special focus issue of the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education.The introduction by the guest editor Shannon Chancepresents the nine manuscripts and explains ties across them. The set covers ethical decision-making models and pedagogical techniques, philosophical aspects of ethics in engineering practice and education, ethics in accreditation, and the role of extra-curricular activities and gaming platforms in students’ ethical development. The set has been released digitally and will soon be published in hard copy as well. Many of the articles are open access, and a link to each is provided below. Gwynne-Evans, Junaid and Chetty argue for a repositioning of ethics at the heart of engineering graduate attributes.Martin, Conlon and Boweexamine how cases are used in the teaching of engineering ethics and argue for the use of immersive scenarios and active stakeholder engagement, as well as for the development of local repositories and metrics of effectiveness.Stransky, Bodnar, Anastasio and Burkey explore the power of immersive environments that encourage authentic, high-level engagement by students.Sivaraman proposes a 4-tier rubric for evaluating engineering students’ ethical decision-making skills in the context of hypothetical scenarios.Lawlor offers a dissenting perspective to the teaching of engineering ethics through case studies and he recommends mirroring practices used in the education of philosophers—reading, lectures, discussion, and assessment—so that students are equipped to think critically about the profession.Hess, Miller, Higbee, Fore and Wallace explore empathy and ethical becoming, with the aim of helping Biomedical students recognize issues in practice environments.Frigo, Marthaler, Albers, Ott and Hillerbrand bring to the forefront the role of phronesis and virtues in engineering education. Advocating an authentic approach to teaching ethics,Polmear, Chau and Simmons highlight the role that informal, out-of-class, or extra-curricular activities play in the students’ ethical development. Finally,Chance, Lawlor, Direito and Mitchell assess ramifications of traditional approaches to teaching ethics by asking civil engineers how they had learned about ethics and find that lessons of codes and professional practice were likely present in their engineering courses but completely unmemorable.

SASEE Symposium to launch the Southern Journal of Engineering Education

Friday, 23 July 2021

SASEE Symposium to launch the
Southern Journal of Engineering Education

On behalf of the South African Society of Engineering Education (SASEE), we are pleased to announce the launch of our official research journal, the Southern Journal of Engineering Education (SJEE).

Please mark your calendars for the SASEE Symposium (online/virtual) to celebrate the SJEE launch on Friday, 23 July 2021, starting at 09h30 GMT+2.

To learn more about the focus of SJEE, please visit the website: www.sjee.org.za

To register for the event and to receive further notifications regarding the symposium, please complete this form: REGISTRATION FORM LINK

Alternatively copy and paste the link into your web browser:

For further enquiries, please email: info@sasee.org.za

Doctoral Symposium at SEFI open for applications

As has been the case at the annual SEFI-conference in later years a Doctoral Symposium will be arranged at this year’s SEFI-conference.
The deadline for applications has in fact passed, but we see that we can open up for some more participants at this year’s Doctoral Symposium. If you , or someone you know, could benefit from participating we please ask you to recommend participation. We are also happy to welcome past participants to participate one more time if still are a doctoral student.
As previously the conference fee will be reduced for PhD-students attending the symposium. The Doctoral Symposium will be held as an online event on Sunday, 12 September 2021, between 10:00 – 15:00 (CEST). More information and instructions for submitting applications can found at 


As mentioned the formal deadline has passed, but applications submitted in June will be considered.
Best regards
Jonte Bernhard, Kristina Edström and Tinne de Laet
Doctoral Symposium Organizers

Jonte Bernhard, PhD (Eng.)

Linköping University
Department of Science and Technology (ITN)
SE-601 74 Norrköping, Sweden

UK: Newton International (early career) Fellowship Call Open

These fellowships are for non-UK scientists who are at an early stage of their research career and wish to conduct research in the UK.

This scheme is jointly run by the British Academy and the Royal Society.

This scheme is currently open to applications and will close at 3pm on Wednesday, 16 June 2021.

Find out more at:


PhD scholarships in spatial skills

For prospective PhD students: we are recruiting 15 PhD students to work on SellSTEM – Spatial Enhanced Learning Linked to STEM. Network consists of 10 universities in 8 countries. Salaries range from 38 to 62k euro per annum for 3 years depending on country. Disciplines range from Cog Psy, Art, Design, Education, Linguistics, Engineering, Math. Masters qualification required. For more details and to apply visit: https://sellstem.eu/recruitment

ICL Special Session on Transferable Skills in Engineering Education

I am a PhD student at the University of Warwick, UK. My research focuses on approaches and methods for teaching transferable skills in Engineering Education. I’m organising a Special Session on Transferable Skills in Engineering Education at the

ICL2021 conference

in Dresden, Germany, on 22-24 September 2021.

You are cordially invited to submit papers for this Special Session. The deadline for papers is June 1st, 2021. The link to the Special Session is http://www.icl-conference.org/current/cfp_TSEE.php and


Best regards,

Elena Maekioe

PhD researcher

University of Warwick, UK


Workshop on “Transitioning into pedagogic research – Dual identities and discipline spanning”

The Society for Research into Higher Education (SHRE) provides excellent workshops. Now online due to the pandemic, SHRE’s recent offerings have been free to attend. This one is, and our REEN Chair can highly recommend it:

Transitioning into pedagogic research – Dual identities and discipline spanning


Workshop presenters: Dr Mark J.P. Kerrigan & Dr Simon Pratt-Adams

Target Audience: MA/MSc/PhD/Academic

Workshop content: This workshop will focus on pedagogic research and the role of the pedagogic researcher in higher education. The focus is to support those transitioning into pedagogical research from another discipline. It will explore the interrelationship between learning, teaching and research at a time when there is increasing emphasis on multidisciplinary research across the HE sector.

It will consider the dual relationship between discipline-centred research and pedagogic research areas and the transitioning between these, with a focus on research methodologies and publication. Taking an interactive approach, this workshop will be an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and develop strategies and networks between participants  

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this session, the successful participant will be expected to be able to:

  • Discuss the opportunities for developing as a dual-researcher and the position of a pedagogical researcher within the HE environment;
  • Critically evaluate the similarities and differences between research areas and how to manage and transition between these;
  • Explore research methodologies and paradigms, aligned to pedagogical research and develop a critical understanding of how these may differ to one’s own current practice
  • Develop a strategy, and networks, to support the successful transition into research into educational research in Higher Education.

Assumed participant knowledge: Participants should have knowledge of what pedagogical research is and may have research experience at UG level or higher. 

Materials required: Zoom including breakout rooms, Padlet

Register here: https://srhe.ac.uk/civicrm?civiwp=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/mailing/url&u=200&qid=4840

REES 2021 call for abstracts

The Research in Engineering Education Symposium and Australasian Association for Engineering Education Annual Conference (REES AAEE 2021) will be held jointly on 5-8 December 2021:

  • face-to-face at The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia
  • hybrid during Perth business hours, and
  • online outside Perth business hours.

 We are delighted to invite submissions of papers and workshop proposals.

Structured abstracts (up to one page) should be submitted by 30 April 2021. Please see https://rees-aaee21.org/call-for-papers-and-workshops/ for details.

Looking forward to seeing you, literally or virtually, in Perth!

Data repositories for your journal tables

We’ve been investigating places to deposit data (appendices, supporting tables and charts) that can help readers of your journal articles but won’t fit in the print versions, or exceed the allowable page limits. It’s important to provide stable links, so readers in subsequent years can still access these files. 

If you are affiliated with an academic institution, you can probably load your data into the library’s open-access repository,  and then link your journal article to that. 

We here at REEN have also asked Taylor and Francis publishers this question, as they publish AJEE and EJEE. The T&F representative wrote:

I’d suggest the author look at our Author Services page on data sharing, which gives some guidance on finding a suitable data repository. If there’s no suitable subject-specific repository, I’d suggest looking at generalist repositories like Figshare, which allows authors to upload data for free and mints a persistent identifier for the dataset (I think Figshare uses DOI).

T&F currently partners with Figshare to allow authors to upload supplementary material too, so this could be a suitable route.

We will keep an eye on this topic and post updates if new recommendations emerge.


Shannon Chance, PhD, Chair of REEN