UCL launches new Centre for Engineering Education – and highlights the importance of D&T

Published 3rd December 2015

A new Centre for Engineering Education (CEE) was launched yesterday to improve the supply of engineers to the UK’s growing demand in the sector. The announcement comes from the University College London (UCL) in a bid to improve the figures of those entering the profession and to bridge the gender gap.

CEE say, “We want to ask some searching questions and to throw down the challenge to the profession to be prepared to think differently. Why for example, do we continue to ignore the apparently enormous opportunities offered by Design and Technology as a breeding ground for engineering talent? To make progress in this area will require a dialogue between schools, colleges, industry, universities and policy makers. The Centre provides a uniquely good environment for this to happen.”

The vision for the Centre for Engineering Education is to couple UCL engineering students with those following vocational courses in order to directly engage in programmes of mentoring, demonstrating and teaching school pupils.

Dr Paul Greening, director of the centre, said: “For me the Centre’s USP and its driver for success is in the partnership between UCL’s Faculties of Education and Engineering. Working together, we will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and research on education and skills issues that will provide pathways to encourage talented people to enter the profession.”

The new centre wants to support developments in primary and secondary education to create a better understanding of vocational and higher education routes into engineering. They also hope to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to add to the debate between what constitutes good engineering education and training in schools, colleges, higher education and the workplace

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