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Complex problems don’t respect disciplinary boundaries – so why do the traditional engineering disciplines, some of which were formed over 150 years ago, still remain the common operation unit across much of higher education? As many areas of industry are increasingly looking for a broader skill set and expecting their graduates to work across multiple areas, can our current structures still provide the education required for our graduates to succeed in the later half of the 21st Century?
Carl Gombrich is the Programme Director for Arts and Sciences (BASc) at UCL. He has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. He researches and writes about many themes related to contemporary liberal and interdisciplinary education, including the future of work, notions of expertise and the history of education.
Sarah Spurgeon is Professor of Control Engineering and Head of Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL. She works on a range of systems from electrical vehicles to the human immune system. Sarah is also the President of the Engineering Professors Council.
Michael Young is internationally known as a leading sociologist and educational thinker and is an Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of London’s Institute of Education. His main research interests are in the sociology of knowledge and its application to the curriculum with particular reference to the post compulsory phase of education and training.
Esat Alpay is the Director of Learning and Teaching and Programme Leader of the UG programmes in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey. Some of his current educational interests include the development and evaluation of student transferable skills, peer-based learning, formative assessment practices and the use of gamification and virtual (immersion) reality in Engineering Education.
Emanuela Tilley is the Director of the Integrated Engineering Programme at UCL. The IEP was created to give students the opportunity to practice theoretical knowledge and develop industry-relevant skills to improve their employability. She has introduced more authentic learning styles, similar to the project work that inspired her as an undergraduate.
The discussion will start promptly at 6pm. Drinks and networking from 7pm.
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