Engineering education has come of age. That is not to suggest that engineering education activity over the past years and decades has been insignificant (Baillie and Moore, 2004), it is simply to identify that we are now at a point where we truly have a vibrant, global community passionate about the need for relevant, high quality and engaging engineering education. Never before has this been so apparent in the UK than at EE2010, the Engineering Subject Centre’s biennial conference, which was held in 2010 at Aston University in Birmingham.This special issue of Engineering Education showcases a selection of papers that capture some of the work being undertaken in the field of engineering education. Each paper clearly aligns with one or more of the ‘threads’ identified earlier, namely relevance to the engineering profession, high quality in terms of the rigour with which the work has been undertaken and engaging from the viewpoint of both students and teachers. Such was the diversity and standard of work presented at the conference, it would not have been unreasonable to select any number of papers for a special issue. With this in mind, I commend to you the conference proceedings as I feel sure you will find much of interest as you explore them (Engineering Subject Centre, 2010).