Curriculum development and teaching innovation toolkit

man with magnifier shutterstock_106756703Here, you’ll find just a sample of the range of resources available to support curriculum development and innovation in teaching engineering programmes, with links to some of the engineering education research centres.  This is an area which is developing constantly so please do contribute links and resources to keep it up to date.

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Engineering Education centres and groups


The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences publishes a range of resources to support teaching innovation in an online collaborative spacecreated for staff …with an interest in enhancing their teaching, and an enthusiasm for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.


liverpool colour_logo_1849Established in 2011, the University of Liverpool’s Centre for Engineering Education “researches, develops, shares and supports best teaching and learning practice, within the School of Engineering and nationally”.  Activities and Resources.

aston header-logoThe Aston Engineering Education Research Group is focused on developing the understanding that will enable colleagues across the sector to introduce innovative and relevant learning and teaching practice that addresses the needs of industry whilst engaging students in their learning.”  The group is made up of both engineering and social science academics and examines the whole ‘engineering education pipeline’ from primary school to the employment of engineers and their continued learning.  Current projects and activities.


loughborough downloadThe Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) is “funded to help the engineering and design Schools at Loughborough University by undertaking research or projects to improve the student learning experience and encourage effective and efficient practice and innovation in teaching“.  Current projects and activities.

ucl-logoEstablished in April 2015, UCL has brought together expertise from its Institute of Education with its Faculty of Engineering Sciences to form the UCL Centre for Engineering Education. The centre is “interested in not only supporting developments in primary and secondary education and but also how to create a better articulation between the vocational (FE and apprenticeship) and HE routes into engineering, as well as working with companies to address their changing skill needs”. Forum and information.


Royal Academy of Engineering “Resources for Lecturers




Additional inks to engineering education research centres around the world.


Quality assurance and enhancement

A distinctive approach to quality is taken in Scotland- the Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) which provides a means for institutions, academic staff, support staff and students to work together in enhancing the learning experience. The following link provides a useful portal of case studies in Scottish Universities on issues ranging from improving student experience through articulation through to postgraduate learning methods.

See also the quality assurance toolkit

H E Academy

HEA STEM Technician of the Year AwardsThere’s a range of resources available on the Higher Education Academy’s website developed by the former Engineering Subject Centre.





logo_HELMHELM – Helping Engineers Learn Mathematics – was a major curriculum development project undertaken by a consortium of five English universities – Loughborough, Hull, Reading, Sunderland and Manchester.  Its resources are available here.


HE STEM programme


National HE STEM programmeThe National HE STEM Programme was a three-year initiative funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales (HEFCE/HEFCW). It started in August 2009 and completed in July 2012. The Royal Academy of Engineering led the engineering strand of the programme. It supported the National HE STEM Programme through collaborations with HE institutions to encourage new approaches to recruiting students and delivering programmes of study in engineering. It enabled the transfer of good practice across the HE STEM sector, facilitating its wider adoption, and encouraged innovation, supporting those in particular with the potential to achieve long-term impact within the Higher Education sector. There’s a range of case studies available here.


ejeeEuropean Journal of Engineering Education (EJEE): the Official Journal of SEFI. Published bi-monthly, the journal examines the economic, cultural, and social factors which influence the education of engineers in different societies and provides a forum in which teachers in engineering schools, institutions and industry can share accounts of good practice and discuss methodology .



career ladder shutterstock_132002219Challenges of introducing and designing new engineering programmes. Grant Campbell and Daniel Belton at the University of Huddersfield have published this useful paper about introducing a new programme in a high cost subject at a time of constrained resources but high demand…The full paper is available here