Applications for the 2017 round are now closed. 

This industry-into-academia initiative aims to utilise the experience of the Visiting Professors to enhance student learning as well as the employability and skills of UK engineering graduates. This scheme is not intended to support research interactions between industry and universities, for which separate schemes exist.

Under the objectives of this scheme, senior industry practitioners participate in course development, face-to-face teaching and mentoring of engineering undergraduates at the host university for at least 12 days a year for three years.

This Award provides the university with the support necessary for the attendance of a Visiting Professor to a maximum value of £10,000 per year over three years up to a maximum of £30,000 in total.

Scheme events 2016

The Academy organises an annual Visiting Professors Conference for our cohort of Visiting Professors and their academic partners. The purpose of this event is to develop a community of practitioners and share best practice in industry-inspired teaching and its impact upon student learning.

In 2016, the Visiting Professors/Visiting Teaching Fellows Annual Conference was held at Aston Business School on 9-11 November. 


Annual Visiting Professor Conference 2016

The following are the speakers’ presentations from the conference:

New Visiting professor’s induction

The Big Picture - an overview of the scheme (1.34 MB)

Dr Rhys Morgan, Director of Engineering and Education, Royal Academy of Engineering 

The Rough Guide to being a Visiting Professor (1.59 MB)

  • Professor Peter Goodhew FREng

What it means to be a Visiting Professor (582.80 KB)

  • Professor Scott Lockyer, Visiting Professor, Loughborough University



Guest Speaker

  • Professor Keith Clarke
  • Visiting Professor of Sustainability, Aston University



The CDIO initiative and how we deploy it (1.43 MB)

  • Dr Gareth Thomson, Aston University


Teaching engineering internationally 

Professor Barend Van Wyk presentation (1,020.48 KB)

  • Professor Barend Van Wyk, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa 

Professor Asha Ingle presentaion (649.59 KB)

  • Professor Asha Ingle, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, SVKM’s NMIMS University, India

Manchester's approach to engineering education (7.27 MB)

  • Professor Danielle George, University of Manchester

Engaging Young Engineers (3.34 MB)

Olin's approach to engineering education (4.16 MB)

  • Mark Somerville, Olin College 



The Academy has published six reports to date to support these schemes, the most recent, Educating engineers to drive the innovation economy, was published in April 2012.

Educating engineers to drive the innovation economy (1,018.68 KB)

Rough Guide to being a RAEng Visiting Professor (495.65 KB)