Mairi Macintyre, the Principal Teaching Fellow leading the programme explains: “With our colleagues at Warwick Business School and the Learning and Development Centre, we successfully applied for funding to develop the new module in a partnership with Design Museum London and Royal Holloway University of London plus international colleague at Leiden University in the Netherlands and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.”
“We’ve now set up a special steering group with all the partners, and are looking to recruit three creative students to join us to help bring the module to life. Students will be paid for their time and will need to commit half a day a week for a 10 week period. Depending on our progress it may also lead to a summer internship.
“Play is, all too often, best viewed as ‘just for kids,’ but it has a big part to play in higher education too. Its theoretical home lies somewhere between philosophical and pedagogical and its application spans all disciplines. If we can successfully develop it for higher education it can be transferred into industry driving creativity and innovation.”
WMG at the University of Warwick will be lending a hand to budding young engineers from The Richard Crosse C of E Primary School in Kings Bromley, Staffordshire, in their quest to build and race their very own electric kit car.
Class five at Richard Crosse won a competition run by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) to become one of eight schools presented with a Greenpower Goblin kit car.
Each winning school is partnered with an APC Spoke - in this case WMG, who will offer guidance and support to the students.
The children, aged 9-11, have been given an electric kit car to design, build and race - guided by their teachers and WMG mentors. Once complete, the children will compete against each other in a regional Greenpower IET Formula Goblin race in summer 2018.
Formula Goblin has been set up with help from the Greenpower Education Trust to address the skills gap that is growing in the UK automotive industry by engaging students in engineering at a young age. It is designed to engage students with maths, science and design technology in a fun way, promoting equality regardless of economic background and gender.
We’ve joined forces with our friends at Warwick Engineering Society to offer free places to sixth form pupils at the ‘Colony: The Future of Living Spaces’ conference, on Wednesday 8th November.
The conference, run by students from Warwick’s School of Engineering, is specifically aimed at sixth form pupils who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering or science.
The event will share interesting ideas and projects that scientists are currently working on taking you on an exhilarating journey starting underground, towards the surface, and beyond the clouds!
Abi Hirons, Callum Kennedy, Eddie Hodierne and Elias Khimasia – known collectively as Academy Racing - returned to a winners’ welcome following their success at the F1 in Schools World Championships in Malaysia this week.
The team, all students at WMG Academy in Mitchell Avenue, Coventry, had spent a year designing, building, testing and racing their miniature Formula One car, Titan 22.
Some 26,000 schools took part in the F1 in Schools competition, which challenged students to create a CO2 powered car to travel 20 metres as fast as possible. Titan 22 reached the finish line in just 1.084 seconds.
Team member Eddie Hodierne, 17, said: “It was an amazing feeling to know we had designed the fastest car award in the world finals.
“It was an immense amount of pressure to put something so successful together but we worked hard and I am very proud of the team.
“It was overwhelming to see everyone in the school come turn out to welcome us on our return.”
Universities' global connectivity via the air transport network gives significant insight to global rankings
The demand for higher education is on the rise and so is the cost of education. When judging the quality of a university, ranking tables provide good indication of university quality. But when many universities fluctuate in those rankings from year to year, if you a prospective student or researcher, how should you choose the right university? Some base their decisions on employability figures, others consider factors like presence of inspirational academics, academic infrastructure, and diversity, but new research shows that universities in close proximity to large transportation hubs are set to succeed.
These are the important new findings from an interdisciplinary team of researchers from University of Warwick, and the Alan Turing Institute, Mr Marco Del Vecchio and Professor Ganna Pogrebna have recently appeared in a new article published in the Royal Society Open Science.
Dr Guo, Mr Del Vecchio and Professor Pogrebna look at the relation between universities’ performance (measured by the ARWU university ranking) and their global connectivity via the air transport network by analysing the data on all global airports and flights over a period from 2005 to 2016. They show that universities well-connected to global transportation hubs tend to grow in rankings faster than those of a similar ranking positioned in less connected parts. Interestingly, the key metric is proximity to airport hubs that have more direct flights to other hubs than the number of flights or the number of connections alone. For each university in the ranking, researchers calculate the university’s global connectivity coefficient and find that this coefficient helps to explain differences in the ranking.
Today engineering undergraduates begin their bespoke engineering degree, which has been developed by WMG, at the University of Warwick, in collaboration with Dyson. The Undergraduate Engineers have started at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology on the Dyson technology campus in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Designed for aspiring engineers, there were over 850 applications for 25 places on the course and due to the exceptionally high calibre of candidates, 33 Undergraduate Engineers were accepted onto the four-year engineering degree.
The undergraduate engineers will be mentored by Dyson’s practicing scientists and engineers – world experts in their field – who will teach alongside academics from WMG, the University of Warwick. They will benefit from learning high-level science and engineering theory, combined with real-world application on live projects. They will come away from higher education debt-free, having earned a salary throughout and the prospect of a graduate role with Dyson on completion of the four-year degree.
WMG,at the University of Warwick, and the National Defence University Malaysia yesterday (Monday 11th September) signed an agreement to offer a new MSc in International Technology Management for Defence and Security at the National Defence University Malaysia in Malaysia.
The three year programme, which will commence late September 2018, has been funded through an offsets arrangement as part of the THALES ForceSHIELD procurement contract between the Global Komited and Thales UK. WMG and UPNM in the past have already successfully run two other MSc programmes on similar arrangements. First, the MSc in Engineering Business Management for Defence and Security which was a collaboration between Cranfield University, UK Defence Academy, WMG and NDUM. Second, the on-going MSc in Cyber Security Management between WMG and NDUM which started in January 2016.
Students at WMG Academy Coventry are today celebrating a 100% pass rate in BTEC engineering and 99% across all A-levels.
The academy also saw 85% of engineering students awarded three Distinctions or higher in BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering, with over a third (35%) gaining the highest possible grade of three Distinction Stars.
Graeme Knowles, one of our Principal Teaching Fellows, has been awarded a prestigious Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE) 2017.
The awards highlight the effort all the teaching staff across the University of Warwick make to provide outstanding learning environments for our students. Over 80 were nominated with just five members of staff being recognised as worthy WATE award winners.
Graeme explains: “I’ve always felt honoured to work with the talented and inspiring staff and students at Warwick, so I’m particularly grateful to receive the WATE Award, because it represents recognition from colleagues and students for the efforts and skills of the teaching community here.”
Graeme is a Stream Leader for the MSc in International Technology Management and runs the HSBC PGA in Leading Business Improvement. He is chair of the WMG Technology Enhanced Learning Committee, which is responsible for supporting pedagogically relevant technological innovation in WMGs learning spaces and teaching practices.
The IMechE is the leading professional engineering body, with divisions dedicated to the specific industries including automotive, aerospace and defence. Its vision is to improve the world by developing and promoting engineering, informing opinion and encouraging innovation.
Fellowship is the highest level of recognition and is awarded to professional engineers who are leaders in their field, working with significant responsibility.
Antony explains: “In 2014 I became a Member of the IMechE and a professional engineer Chartered through the Engineering Council. Since then I have moved from a predominantly technical role in industry onto industry focussed teaching in higher education.