The Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) Team comprises a collective of four individuals with unique but complementary skill-sets, sharing a passion for collaborative, interdisciplinary, team-teaching to produce a new generation of engineering graduates.
The team is led by Emanuela Tilley as Director who has expertise in interdisciplinary projects and engineering practice and is strengthened by John Mitchell who led the early development of the IEP and brings expertise in problem-based learning. Senior Teaching Fellows Abel Nyamapfene and Kate Roach complete the team with their respective expertise in the integration of theory and practice and student-centred pedagogy.
The IEP Team lead and collaborate with a significant proportion of staff across the faculty, spanning around 200 academics, teaching fellows, and professional services staff, allowing for capacity building and staff development.
The team, all of whom have HEA Fellowships, use pedagogic research and scholarship to inform the curriculum development and ensure that the programme is research-based and authentic to industry practice with embedded support for personal development.
Impact of work
The collaborative work of the IEP Team has changed the way engineering is being taught at UCL. The IEP addresses an industry-identified need for enhanced employability skills by revising existing undergraduate curricula of 8 UCL Engineering departments through an innovative interdisciplinary approach. It introduces a framework of problem-based and active learning styles to nearly 800 new students each year, with a focus on the student’s own personal development. Academic colleagues are saying “the IEP has encouraged us to be more creative with our teaching across the department” and students are thanking us for providing opportunities “to see how an engineer can impact society and industries, at such early stages of [my] engineering degree”.
Plans for the future
The IEP team aims to be a key player in the growing worldwide community reinventing engineering education. The team plans to disseminate the IEP through scholarly publication and engagement in knowledge-transfer activities with national and international partners. Enabling staff development and capacity building, both internally and externally is key, with an MSc in Engineering and Education, train-the-trainer programmes, CPD/short courses on student-centred pedagogies, and curriculum development workshops planned worldwide.
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