A team of five, comprising IEP Director Emanuela Tilley, former IEP Director Prof John Mitchell, Challenges module lead Dr Kate Roach, former Faculty Departmental Manager Katherine Fletcher, and maths modules lead Dr Abel Nyamapfene, received the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) on behalf of UCL in a prize ceremony in London last November. Recognising excellence in educational leadership, teamwork, collaboration, dissemination and impact, plus innovation in teaching, UCL were one of only six UK Higher Education institution winners at the 2017 CATE Awards.
Speaking after the ceremony, Emanuela Tilley said
“Winning the HEA CATE award is fantastic recognition of UCL Engineering’s drive to embed innovation and collaboration in our teaching practices and the student learning experience. I’m thrilled and honoured to share this award with over 200 colleagues across UCL Engineering, who have come together to develop and deliver the Integrated Engineering Programme.”
Emanuela added that the efforts of all those involved in the IEP’s design and implementation have helped the teaching framework provide “…a modern engineering education, which enables our undergraduates to make a positive impact on lives around the world today, and in the future as UCL graduates.”
Integration is key
Developed to address industry concerns about skills gaps amongst graduates, the IEP curriculum focuses strongly on interdisciplinarity, teamwork, student attitudes and practicality, covering a broad range of transferable skills. Team teaching methods in both practical and theoretical modules develop students’ technical and project management experience, so student teams can produce engineering solutions which work in real-life environments.
Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Dean of UCL Engineering, commented:
“The approach of the IEP team is really terrific. Because of the hard work of all of them, we are now in a position where we’re sending students out into the world equipped with not only the rigorous academic subject knowledge that employers expect, but also with the skills, tools and confidence that they need to solve real life engineering problems. This HEA CATE award is a wonderful recognition of this and we as a Faculty are honoured to receive it.”
A cross-Faculty celebration is being organised for March 2018, in order to recognise the contribution made to the IEP’s success by the ten UK-based UCL Engineering departments.