Pressure has been mounting for change in engineering education for some years. However, momentum in the academy makes radical changes to pedagogy or delivery difficult in the confines of existing traditional programmes. In 2012, UCL set out to make a major change across all its engineering programmes. The aim was to increase integration between disciplines and between the elements that students study as part of their degree programmes. The result, the integrated engineering programme, was launched in 2014 bringing project-based learning and integrated skills development to a cohort of around 3000 engineering students. This talk will look at the thought process for the design and consider the challenges and processes of making widespread change in an established research intensive university.
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Professor John E. Mitchell led the introduction of the Integrated Engineering Programme at the UCL. This major revision of the curriculum across the engineering faculty has recently been awarded the HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE). In 2009, he was awarded the UCL Provost’s award for teaching and has published on curriculum development in engineering education. Professor Mitchell is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Member of the Board of Directors of the European Society for Engineering Education and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Education.