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A series of case studies 25.07.2012
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Advanced digital engineering – access for schools 02.04.2012

The purpose of the project was to implement an inclusive and novel method of getting ‘hard to reach’ students across the Burnley and Pendle region to consider engineering as a career. This was achieved by organising a series of workshops for students utilising the recently developed Advanced Digital Manufacturing Technologies (ADMT) lab at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Burnley campus, along with industrial visits for students to some leading engineering companies in the region.

Author:
Dr Kaushik Nag, Dr Martin Brown
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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The purpose of the project was to implement an inclusive and novel method of getting ‘hard to reach’ students across the Burnley and Pendle region to consider engineering as a career. This was achieved by...
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Collaborative distance learning 13.03.2012

This report presents the development of an integrated programme entitled MEng Engineering that will provide an opportunity for engineers already in the workforce to engage with upskilling that can lead to professional recognition.

Author:
Dr Tania Humphries-Smith
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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This report presents the development of an integrated programme entitled MEng Engineering that will provide an opportunity for engineers already in the workforce to engage with upskilling that can lead to professional...
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Communicating and contextualising new product development tools and methods for engineering students 01.01.2012

A web-based tool has been designed to make the design elements of undergraduate courses in New Product Development (NPD) more attractive. It does this by showing how knowledge translates to real products and by providing real life examples of the design process to help students understand and relate to abstract engineering design principles.

Author:
Dr Mark Evans
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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A web-based tool has been designed to make the design elements of undergraduate courses in New Product Development (NPD) more attractive. It does this by showing how knowledge translates to real products and by...
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Designing the Future 14.03.2012

It is imperative to ensure that engineering graduates develop the right knowledge and capabilities to navigate the changing role of the engineer. This will only happen through academia and industry collaborating in a more coherent manner, collectively targeting future challenges.

Author:
Professor Denise Bower, Nancy Madter, George Hagan
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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It is imperative to ensure that engineering graduates develop the right knowledge and capabilities to navigate the changing role of the engineer. This will only happen through academia and industry collaborating in a...
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Developing Graduate Skills in HE Mathematics Programmes 11.04.2011

There are significant barriers involved when seeking to modify Mathematics programmes to encourage the development of graduate skills. One barrier is the practical difficulty of finding space for graduate skill development in a crowded curriculum. This can be addressed, at least in part, through different approaches toward learning, teaching and assessment that allow skill development to take place alongside the development of the mathematical skills, and by encouraging students to take part in extra-curricular activities.
A series of short case studies have been collected, each focused on specific graduate skills, providing examples of ways in which these have been successfully developed through curricular initiatives. There is a wide variety of work reported, both in terms of the skills developed as well as the type of courses and institutions involved. The hope and expectation is, therefore, that there will be something of interest and relevance to everyone who has a desire to make curricular changes aimed at improving the ‘graduate’ skill levels of their students.
 

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MSOR network
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Case studies
Discipline:
Mathematics
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http://maths.shu.ac.uk/msor/graduateskills/
There are significant barriers involved when seeking to modify Mathematics programmes to encourage the development of graduate skills. One barrier is the practical difficulty of finding space for graduate skill...
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Development and implementation of teaching aids of Control Systems 01.01.2012

Existing educational resources for control systems have been refined and new resources have been developed. A new LabVIEW based Control Systems Analysis Toolkit (CSAT) has been developed to assist lecturers in teaching control engineering and students to understand theoretical concepts; specific manual and activity exercises for the CSAT have been developed.

Author:
Mahmoud Abdulwahed, Zoltan Nagy, Adam Crawford
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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Existing educational resources for control systems have been refined and new resources have been developed. A new LabVIEW based Control Systems Analysis Toolkit (CSAT) has been developed to assist lecturers in...
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Development of Engineering Project Management Simulations 01.03.2012

The purpose of this project was to use the Virtual World (VW) of Second Life (SL) to support students in the development of deeper understanding and application of Engineering Project Management (EPM) whilst offering flexibility and continuity of remote access to interactive materials.

Author:
Dr E Miles, Prof M Savin-Baden, Ms C Tombs, Ms M Milecka
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Case studies
Discipline:
Chemistry
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The purpose of this project was to use the Virtual World (VW) of Second Life (SL) to support students in the development of deeper understanding and application of Engineering Project Management (EPM) whilst offering...
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E-portfolio tool to support engineering projects 14.03.2012

This project investigated the extent to which e-portfolio tools can be applied to final year engineering projects with a view to supporting the experience from the perspective of supervisor and student respectively.

Author:
Professor Ray Sherrif & Miss Felicia Ong
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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This project investigated the extent to which e-portfolio tools can be applied to final year engineering projects with a view to supporting the experience from the perspective of supervisor and student respectively.
Employability of maths undergraduates 25.07.2012

This project has focussed on graduate skills development in Mathematics, by forming partnerships with those employers who regularly recruit Maths students from the University of Leeds.

The first phase of the project focused on gathering opinion via surveys on skills development in Mathematics degrees from employers, alumni and current students. This intelligence was then used to inform curriculum development to address any skills deficits and augment current provision.

The project has involved working with employers to develop case studies, activities/assessments and mini-projects that encompass these skills. Experience/research has shown that the development of skills is much more effective when they are integral and include employer input. Another successful outcome of the project has been establishing an external advisory board for the school, taking the impact of the project beyond teaching activities and into the research activities of the school.

Author:
Margit Messmer and Samantha Pugh
Type:
Case studies
Discipline:
Mathematics
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This project has focussed on graduate skills development in Mathematics, by forming partnerships with those employers who regularly recruit Maths students from the University of Leeds. The first phase of the project...
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Encouraging Young Engineers 13.03.2012

This project has supported the development of outreach workshops for delivery by university student volunteers in local schools with the aim of engaging young people from under-represented groups in engineering.

Author:
Margaret Low
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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This project has supported the development of outreach workshops for delivery by university student volunteers in local schools with the aim of engaging young people from under-represented groups in engineering.
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Engaging the disengaged – indefinitely 30.04.2012

The current project (2011/12) focuses on STEM students at Loughborough and Nottingham. Two students have been recruited at each institution to promote the respective library services and other learning resources. An industrial sponsor, Jaguar Land Rover, is providing a performance-related remuneration package in lieu of a salary. Ideally, the current students would play a part in recruiting their successors in time for a managed hand-over before the end of the academic year. It is expected that the student ambassadors will reinforce the following skills during this project: time management, interpersonal skills, communication skills, leadership and influencing skills.

Author:
Ginny Franklin
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Case studies
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STEM wide
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The current project (2011/12) focuses on STEM students at Loughborough and Nottingham. Two students have been recruited at each institution to promote the respective library services and other learning resources. An...
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Engineering in the community 14.03.2012

The purpose of this project was to investigate the application of the concept of ‘community engineering’ as a method of engaging girls and black and minority ethnic school children with STEM subjects.

Author:
Ms Laura Chastney, Mr Mark Ellis, Mr Darrell Paraig
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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The purpose of this project was to investigate the application of the concept of ‘community engineering’ as a method of engaging girls and black and minority ethnic school children with STEM subjects.
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Engineering Students Understanding Mathematics 1 19.03.2012

Engineering Students’ Understanding of Mathematics (ESUM) is a developmental research1 project involving an innovation in teaching designed to achieve a higher level of engagement and conceptual understanding in mathematics for first year engineering students. The innovation has included small group work, a group project, inquiry-based questions and tasks and use of GeoGebra.

Author:
Barbara Jaworski and Janette Matthews
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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Engineering Students’ Understanding of Mathematics (ESUM) is a developmental research1 project involving an innovation in teaching designed to achieve a higher level of engagement and conceptual understanding in...
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ESUM – research rigour and dissemination 02.04.2012

The Engineering Students Understanding Mathematics (ESUM) project was a developmental research project aimed at enhancing the quality of mathematics learning of students of materials engineering in terms of their engagement and conceptual understanding. The initial phase of the project consisted of an innovation in mathematics teaching-learning which was designed, implemented and studied, with feedback and concomitant modification to practice. Details are reported in Jaworski (2011b). The second phase of the project, reported here, focused more overtly on the analysis of data in relation to theoretical perspectives. In particular, Activity Theory (AT) was used to make sense of emerging findings.

Author:
Barbara Jaworski, Janette Matthews, Carol Robinson, Tony Croft
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
Mathematics
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The Engineering Students Understanding Mathematics (ESUM) project was a developmental research project aimed at enhancing the quality of mathematics learning of students of materials engineering in terms of their...
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Evaluation: Maths in the NHS 31.07.2012
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Case studies
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Mathematics
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jigsaw world
Final Case Study: Northumbria - Accrediting inhouse training 01.07.2012

Northumbria University has worked with regional partners, the North East and National Science Learning Centres (SLC), British Engines (BE) and Siemens to understand what is required to successfully support businesses in meeting their need for development of higher level STEM skills within the workplace. The project has made recommendations for the development of a framework to enable the accreditation of in-house training and education programmes across a range of STEM employers. This case study reports of the experiences of the School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences with respect to their engagement with Siemens and BE and the School of Life Sciences with SLC North East.

Author:
Lucy Probyn and Helen Hooper
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Case studies
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STEM wide
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Northumbria University has worked with regional partners, the North East and National Science Learning Centres (SLC), British Engines (BE) and Siemens to understand what is required to successfully support businesses...
Final Report: Creating an employer liaison group 25.07.2012

Effective employer-university engagement benefits students, employers and Society by producing graduates better aligned to the work environment.

Our project aimed to develop a model for establishing an employer liaison group (ELG) at a Higher Education Institution to enhance employability and higher level skills in Science students. Although, as a STEM funded project, the remit of our ELG focussed on undergraduate students taking degrees in Chemistry, Mathematics & Statistics and Physics & Astronomy, the project demonstrates the relevance of this approach to other disciplines.

Author:
Dr Susan Smith, Professor Alistair Warren, and Ms Marie Evans
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Case studies
Discipline:
STEM wide
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Effective employer-university engagement benefits students, employers and Society by producing graduates better aligned to the work environment. Our project aimed to develop a model for establishing an employer...
Final Report: Employer led STEM Foundation Degree development 12.09.2012
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Case studies
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Engineering
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Final Report: Sheffield Teacher Fellow 01.08.2012
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Case studies
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STEM wide
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Light bulb
Final Report: The Science of Low Carbon Vehicle Technology 12.09.2012
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Case studies
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Engineering
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Flying Skills 19.03.2012

Flying Skills! (FS) cuts across disability, age, gender, race to target a diverse, ‘hard to reach’ audience of unemployed, economically disadvantaged, inactive people aged 45 years and over, with an interest in engineering and technology.

Author:
Professor Peter Myler & Brian Pederson
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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Flying Skills! (FS) cuts across disability, age, gender, race to target a diverse, ‘hard to reach’ audience of unemployed, economically disadvantaged, inactive people aged 45 years and over, with an...
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Green learning for HE 16.04.2012

The overall aim of this project was to deliver inspirational environmental workshops to students from under-represented groups in regional HEIs. The objectives were to engage a wider range of undergraduates in STEM learning, to raise the profile of STEM on campuses and to provide professional development training to the STEM faculty and students attending or volunteering on the workshop.

Author:
J. R. Bradley and J. Crowther
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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The overall aim of this project was to deliver inspirational environmental workshops to students from under-represented groups in regional HEIs. The objectives were to engage a wider range of undergraduates in STEM...
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HerStory - inspiring engineers 02.04.2012

'HerStory' aimed to create a unique and innovative online resource for women and girls with accessible information highlighting progression routes into, through and beyond engineering higher education (HE). A broad range of role models, including those following non-traditional routes, outlined how they made sense of available options and arrived at choices to suit them. Engineering HE lecturers provided perspectives on what to expect and employers outlined what they look for in engineering graduates.

Author:
Denise Eaton
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Case studies
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Engineering
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'HerStory' aimed to create a unique and innovative online resource for women and girls with accessible information highlighting progression routes into, through and beyond engineering higher education (HE). A...
Hints and tips for forming an employer liaison group 25.07.2012

This document contains some hints and tips for Creating and embedding an employer liaison group to enhance employability and higher level skills in science students.

Author:
Alistair Warren
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Case studies
Discipline:
STEM wide
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This document contains some hints and tips for Creating and embedding an employer liaison group to enhance employability and higher level skills in science students.
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Improving student attendance 09.03.2012

Formative group projects, utilising enquiry-based learning (EBL), were used to engage first year engineering students more with their courses and their peers in an attempt to improve both student attendance and cohort cohesion.

Author:
Dr David Dyke
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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Formative group projects, utilising enquiry-based learning (EBL), were used to engage first year engineering students more with their courses and their peers in an attempt to improve both student attendance and cohort...
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Industrial Dissertation for Professional Engineers 19.03.2012

The Industrial Dissertation for Professional Engineers (IDPE) project is aimed at practicing engineers of any discipline who are not currently meeting qualification/training requirements that would enable them to achieve CEng status.

Author:
Professor Peter Myler & Brian Pederson
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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The Industrial Dissertation for Professional Engineers (IDPE) project is aimed at practicing engineers of any discipline who are not currently meeting qualification/training requirements that would enable them to...
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Industrially-owned modules for HE 16.03.2012

This project allowed industrial partners to work in collaboration with academics in the design and delivery of specific modules. The project successfully developed three ‘company-sponsored’ modules with representatives from civil engineering (BAM Nuttall), chemical engineering (SABIC) and project management (Jacobs Engineering) companies who were able to draw upon their experiences of the strengths and shortcomings of recently appointed graduates in order to enhance the employability focus of the modules.

Author:
David Wright & Simon Hodgson
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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This project allowed industrial partners to work in collaboration with academics in the design and delivery of specific modules. The project successfully developed three ‘company-sponsored’ modules with...
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Integrated WBL in clinical engineering 14.03.2012

This project aimed to develop credit-bearing WBL for a series of placements integrated into each stage of a clinical engineering degree course. The programme is vocational, focused on healthcare science careers within the National Health Service (NHS) and requires close partnerships with hospitals.

Author:
Pete Twigg
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Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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This project aimed to develop credit-bearing WBL for a series of placements integrated into each stage of a clinical engineering degree course. The programme is vocational, focused on healthcare science careers within...
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Integrating industrial expertise to deliver MEng aerospace module 10.05.2012

This project sought to develop an engineering module which would bring in experts from industry to educate future engineering specialists in aircraft product development in order to address the industry standards and codes of practice. The industry staff lectured on key aspects of aircraft design integration and collaborated with the academics involved in teaching this module. The proposed development was mapped against the current accredited MSc/MEng curriculum. The industry partners participated in the aircraft design project development and its technical quality assessment during the academic year.

Author:
Dr Narcis Ursache and Dr Cristinel Mares
Type:
Case studies
Discipline:
Engineering
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This project sought to develop an engineering module which would bring in experts from industry to educate future engineering specialists in aircraft product development in order to address the industry standards and...