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Title: Meeting the needs of industry: the drivers for change in engineering education
Authors: Arlett, Carol J.
Lamb, Fiona M.
Dales, Richard
Willis, Liz
Hurdle, E.E.
Keywords: Engineering education
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: © Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, Loughborough University
Citation: ARLETT, C.J. ... et al., Meeting the needs of industry: the drivers for change in engineering education. Engineering Education 2010: Inspiring the next generation of engineers, Aston University, EE2010 Conference Proceedings, Loughborough: Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, Loughborough University.
Abstract: This paper examines the drivers for change as engineering departments develop ‘experience-led degrees’ that aim to equip students with the employability skills needed by industry. The term ‘experience-led engineering degree’ came from the Sainsbury Review and is taken to mean components of an engineering degree that develop industry related skills and which may also include industry interaction. It presents the relevant findings from a study on how engineering degrees meet the needs of industry (Engineering graduates for industry). The study used a case study approach to address the research question: “How can we enhance a sustainable world-class higher education engineering sector that meets the graduate recruitment needs of industry?” Six case studies were developed that describe examples of experience-led components in engineering departments across England. A number of key messages emerged from the analysis of the case studies and this paper looks in detail at the drivers that lead to change within universities and discusses how these vary according to institutional missions and priorities. The case studies demonstrated examples of both wide-scale radical change and incremental small-scale change, with all cases showing the vital role played by learning and teaching champions in driving forward change at a departmental level and the importance of support from senior management. It is also recognised that responsibility for change must be shared between universities, industry and the funding bodies. Barriers to change have been identified and recommendations are made as to how change can be facilitated.
Description: This paper was presented at Engineering Education 2010 (EE2010): Inspiring the next generation of engineers, 6 - 8 July 2010, Aston University, organised by the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, Loughborough University.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/9414
Publisher Link: http://www.ee2010.info/
ISBN: 9781907632099
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers (HEA Engineering Subject Centre)

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