Industrially Owned Modules for HE
This proposal aims to pilot a novel model of industrial involvement in the design and delivery of undergraduate engineering programmes, by allowing relevant (volunteering) engineering companies to take ownership of particular modules which directly relate to their organisation’s core business, within the curriculum, and badge them as company “owned” modules.
The key objectives are to:
* Ensure the link between theory and practice is further reinforced across our programmes
* Achieve explicit industry-led input into the design of the curriculum
* improve student engagement
* to provide a flexible model for the creation of industry owned modules in partnership with academics
The anticipated outcomes are:
* improved motivation of students premised on the clear relevance of the taught curriculum
* Improves retention, NSS and employment outcomes.
* The development of a series of industry owned and badged modules
* The dispersal of this approach across all of the School’s Science & Engineering undergraduate awards
* The adoption of this type of model by the wider HEI sector
The proposal should act as a pilot for this new approach to engaging industry/employers in the design and delivery of the curriculum. Although the pilot will be specific to particular modules and courses within our own university curriculum, the principles and approaches should be transferrable across the wider HE STEM sector. The pilot should provide further evidence to test the assertion that “experience motivates” expressed in the recent RAE report, and will also support our own institutions ambition to provide students with the best possible preparation for employment by enabling them to see their learning in context.
If you wish to know more about this project, please contact the Programme's Engineering team at HESTEM@raeng.org.uk with unique Project Reference Number: FP021 OCT2010.