Supporting and developing engineering education in the UK and beyond

2013-11-27T09:57:50Z (GMT) by Melanie King Peter Willmot
This paper details the emergence and development of the 'Centre for Engineering and Design Education' (CEDE) at Loughborough University, UK, and provides ample evidence that such a Centre can prove to be a highly effective support mechanism for discipline-specific academics and can develop and maintain valuable national and international networks and collaborations along with considerable esteem for the host university. The CEDE is unique in the UK and has achieved considerable success and recognition within the local engineering education community and beyond. Here we discuss the historical background of the Centre's development, the context in which it operates, and its effective management and operation strategy. The success it has enjoyed is described through examples, with much evidence of the generation of a significant amount of external funding; the development of high quality learning spaces; learning technology systems, improvements in curriculum design; a strong record of research and publication on the pedagogy of engineering; strong links with industry and employers; and a wealth of connections and know-how built up over the years.

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