Eight months summary

Here is a summary of the sort of work that I have been involved with since starting in July 2014:

  • I have participated in the ‘Staff Student Enterprise’ meetings (held monthly) that take place at the Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU). This is in conjunction with other staff members who are working on enterprise from a variety of angles such as:
    • Teaching modules related to enterprise
    • Student outreach
    • MOOCs
    • Weekly Wednesday evening workshops from the Enterprise section at Loughborough University
    • The Enterprise Hub at the LSU where students can drop in to discuss their initial ideas
    • The Studio in the Design School supporting Loughborough graduates develop sustainable businesses
    • CONNECT (student-led activities) supported by CEDE
    • Think BIG competition
  • After reviewing feedback from students using our rooms and facilities here at CEDE (survey set up by the previous CEDE Intern, Raimat Ali), each computer now has AutoCAD and MATLAB installed.
  • I compiled statistics of our room usage for the Stakeholder Report 2013-2014.
  • The CEDE team spent the away day afternoon brainstorming how to change the culture of teaching and learning within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. As a graduate from the School, my ideas and understanding of how the School works from a student’s perspective were invaluable.
  • I attended the UNITECH Start-Up Week in Delft, Netherlands and presented my topic on ‘Emotional Engagement’ at the UNITECH Trialogue. Check out this blog post here.
  • CEDE produce a monthly eBulletin for those signed up to our mailing list. I have written a couple of articles and mentioned a number of events that could be included.
  • I promoted the Sustainability Newsletter sent out by the Sustainability team on approximately a monthly basis to colleagues in CEDE.
  • One of my responsibilities include managing the resources in the Centre and locking up at the end of the day.
  • I provided advice and supported the CONNECT committee when they organised their events such as the Symposium in November 2014 and recently the PwC ‘A Day in the Life of a Consultant’ Workshop last week.
  • I attended a seminar by Nick Falkner, an educator and researcher at the School of Computer Science at the University of Adelaide. The title of this seminar was ‘Learning Analytics: What We Measure Because We Can and What We Should Measure’. This informed our work on the analytics functionality in Co-Tutor.
  • Arranged for a pop-up banner to be created that promotes the facilities (including rooms) that CEDE has to offer to the staff and students of four Engineering Schools and the Loughborough Design School. This has been used in conjunction with flyers to promote our facilities.
  • I created a discussion forum on a module on Learn specifically for EDEN FLIX which students and staff can use before and after the film screening.
  • Loughborough Design School requested generic assessment criteria to be created that could be used across all their programmes. This started off with a literature review which was used as a springboard to create our own version that meets the needs of the Design School but can also be applied across the university in the future. More information can be found here.
  • From the away day session, the ideas were used to form a project for enhancing learning and teaching with technology for the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. My input into this project was to benchmark how content was delivered, the use of lecture capture, any mobile apps that are appropriate, MOOCs, the use of remote labs for those doing distance learning courses and dedicated software for the discipline. This was quite an extensive review which will now feed on to what are the best options for the School. More information can be found here in due course.
  • VC Bob has been getting involved with UNITECH for the last two General Assemblies. This year, he wanted to meet with our incoming UNITECH students 2014/2015 to welcome them at the beginning of term and then hold an evaluation session near the end of term. They all enjoyed the hospitality and I’m glad that I got the opportunity to organise and attend the meeting as well.
  • I have contacted Programme Presidents for the five Schools that we support to let them know of the facilities that are available here. In turn, the plan was to engage them to promote it to their peers and those that they represent on an academic level.
  • During the course of the academic year, there have been various competitions running for students to get involved with to use their engineering/design knowledge and skills. I have promoted these through the School admins via email and via our Twitter account. There was also a #ShareMyThesis competition which aimed to engage postgraduate researchers (PGRs).
  • I have supported CASPA by entering assessments for engineering/design modules and also assisting School admins with any difficulties they have via email/phone. Furthermore, I have updated our student and staff guides on how to use CASPA which will be published in due course.
  • With the support of my colleagues, I have organised the UNITECH Mid-Term-Week 2015 that was held on the first week of the spring term 2015 and supported the UNITECH Assessment Centre 2015.
  • I attended a workshop titled ‘Introduction to Online Assessment’ hosted by the Centre for Academic Practice on Wednesday 14th January 2015. This enabled me to complete my literature review on e-Assessment, e-Submission and e-Marking tools for a Wolfson project. You can find more information in due course here.
  • I’ve updated the Kit-Catalogue case study that will be used by the Centre and Jisc in promoting the tool to registered members as part of the Greening ICT programme.
  • By the end of this week I will have organised five film screenings as part of the EDEN FLIX initiative supported by CEDE. The first four were compered by guest speakers from either academia or industry.
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EDEN FLIX Presents: ‘Gasland Part II’

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The next three weeks are quite busy here at CEDE with back to back EDEN FLIX screenings on a weekly basis on Wednesdays. This week we have Four Horsemen, followed by ‘Gasland Part II’ which will take place on Wednesday 25th February 2015 at 15:00 in the Cope Auditorium, Loughborough University (note change of venue). As a precursor to the film, it may be worthwhile watching Gasland and attending a discussion event by Friends of the Earth on Tue 24th Feb, 7pm. Further details can be found here. You are able to discuss any films that take place on our Learn forum.

UNITECH Assessment Centre 2015

The Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) at Loughborough University hosted the UNITECH Assessment Centre on Thursday 12th February 2015. This was for students looking to participate in the UNITECH programme during 2015/2016. Students had to submit a full application similar to what would be submitted for an internship (placement) year or a graduate job in industry. This included a full study plan at three academic partners, three goals that the individual wishes to achieve through the UNITECH programme, competency questions and an up to date CV. The day was led by David Ward, Secretary General for UNITECH and included six assessors from five Corporate Partners (CPs). These were Caterpillar, Evonik, Hilti, SKF and ZF Services UK.

The day consisted of an introduction to UNITECH and those present. The students were split up into three groups for a group exercise. Followed by a short break, students prepared for their presentations based on a case study provided on the day. This was my first opportunity to ‘invigilate’. These were presented to the assessors and once all had completed this it was time for lunch. This provided an opportunity for the students to network with each other as well as the assessors. After lunch, each student had an individual interview with one assessor. This was followed by an evaluation session by all assessors, David Ward, the Local Coordinator Dr Adam Crawford and the Programme Director Dr Ashraf El-Hamalawi. I shadowed this session to learn more about how decisions are made on candidates, which will be useful later on when I have to participate in the recruitment of the next CEDE Intern. At the end, each student was given individual feedback on areas they did well in and how they can develop in other areas, whether they made it through to the programme or not. Finally, the day was brought to a close with further information on the programme by David and Ashraf followed by a Q&A session.

Overall, the UNITECH recruitment and selection process was a success, with our highest ever number of applications (13) from five departments/Schools and 10 selected to be on the programme (with one reserve).

The five departments/Schools are:

  • Chemical Engineering department
  • Design School
  • School of Civil and Building Engineering
  • School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
  • Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

You can find some of the photos from the assessment centre here.

EDEN FLIX Presents: ‘Four Horsemen’

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Our fourth EDEN FLIX film screening of ‘Four Horsemen’ will take place on Wednesday 18th February 2015 at 15:00 in the Design Studio, 1st Floor Keith Green Building, Loughborough University. You are all cordially invited to learn more about what the film depicts as the ‘flaws in the economic system’ across the world and how it is possible for all of us to get involved to develop a ‘moral and just society’. This film will be compered by Jeremy Leaman, Senior Lecturer in German within the department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University.

UNITECH Mid-Term-Week 2015

Loughborough University hosted the UNITECH Mid-Term-Week 2015 between Sunday 4th – Friday 9th January 2015. This is the second time it has been hosted here since Loughborough joined the UNITECH Programme in 2010, with the first time in 2012 when I was part of the programme as a student. This time the roles were reversed as I was an Academic Partner (AP) and as part of my intern duties organised the event with Kate Everest with support from Dr Adam Crawford and Dr Ashraf El-Hamalawi. We would like to thank Room Bookings (Carmela Valentine and Mike Earl) who supported us in securing the rooms that we needed during the first teaching week back after the Christmas holidays. Catering was provided by the Refresh service from imago which everyone enjoyed and we would like to thank them for their flexibility during the week.

There were 79 students, eight coaches and 20 corporate case advisors who attended overall. This is the second joint module in which the exchange students participate, developing their non-technical core skills and using them in their groups for a case provided by the Corporate Partners (CPs).

The week started off with a Welcome Dinner at The Link Hotel, on Sunday night at 19:00. It was a traditional English dinner with a choice of fish and chips, lasagne or vegetarian lasagne followed by dessert.

On Monday, it was an early start with registration at 08:30, followed by an introduction at 09:00 from Professor Chris Linton, Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor. Next, Bob Reed, Senior Programme Manager for the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), presented the AP lecture on behalf of Loughborough University. This focused on communication skills and how to work in multifaceted groups, relating to his experience in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Students asked questions at the end and used the skills gained throughout the week in their case assignments. The coaching perspective started at 11:00 with David Ward, main Coach from UNITECH International Society in the Keith Green Building. This was followed by lunch at 12:00 and then at 13:00 the students started working on their case assignments in their allocated groups. At 15:30, we were all invited to the Caterpillar Visitor Centre in Desford, Leicestershire, by one of the UNITECH CPs, Caterpillar. This gave UNITECH participants a chance to learn more about what Caterpillar does and speak to senior engineers and managers as well as graduates. Also, this gave Caterpillar a chance to learn about the talent that UNITECH offers to them as a CP.

From Tuesday to Thursday, the students spent their time gaining some coaching advice and working in their case assignment groups to complete their presentations for Friday. They had an opportunity to discuss some of their ideas that they had worked on since the end of November with their Corporate Case Advisors (CCAs) on Wednesday afternoon.

All groups presented their ideas to all participants on Friday. BPA – best presentation award was awarded to the ZF group and there were several runner ups receiving recognition due to their ideas and the impact they made. The students had a chance to reflect on their work throughout the week at the end of the day with the UNITECH coaches.

In the evening, the Networking Dinner took place at Burleigh Court. This provided the students with an opportunity to network with the CCAs who are CPs as they aim to secure an internship that is a mandatory part of the UNITECH programme. Finally, one of the UNITECH Alumni Association Local Chapter Coordinator (UAA LCC) for the UK, Samuel Nunn, hosted a party at Vodka Revolutions in Loughborough.

Overall, the event was a success with lots of positive feedback from the students about the Caterpillar Visit and the running of the week. Photos from the week can be found here and will shortly be presented in the UAA Digest to the rest of the UNITECH network. More information about the week, including the schedule can be found on the CEDE website (correct as of Monday 19th January 2015).

Keith Green rooms usage 2014-15 (Semester 1, Weeks 1 – 9)

Being part of Loughborough means that we all love the element of competition. Here are the ‘results’ for the first nine weeks of this academic year 2014-2015. You can compare with last year’s overall results here. This also contains an explanation of the statistics from last year.

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Remember, if all our rooms are booked you are more than welcome to use the team tables that we have in the foyer. Also, if a room has been vacant for more than 15 minutes, this will be allocated to anyone else that needs a room. (Unless prior arrangements have been made with CEDE to start at a specific time.)

Who’s going to ‘win’ this year? Spread the word!

EDEN FLIX Presents: ‘Unwasted: The Future of Business on Earth’

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Our third EDEN FLIX film screening of ‘Unwasted: The Future of Business on Earth’ will take place next week (Wednesday 3rd December 2014) at 15:00 in the Design Studio, Keith Green Building, Loughborough University. You are all cordially invited to learn more about Zero Waste and how it can make your business sustainable. We will then have a chance to discuss how this has been implemented in the Pacific Northwest region and any other questions that you may have with the President and Founder of Sage Environmental Services, Inc., Julie Pond.