Engineering education research

Engineering Education Research (EER) aims to inform practice in the design, delivery and assessment of engineering-subject content, thus raising both the quality of the student experience and the significance of the degree to real-world needs. Matters concerning the motivations of academic staff for the realisation of such practice are also central to EER.

The work centres on the application of current educational theory and psychology to facilitate student learning and personal development. In recent years, specific topics of study have included:

  • Student enthusiasm and motivation for engineering
  • Engineering education in research-intensive universities
  • The global dimension in engineering education
  • Ethics teaching and ethical development in engineering
  • Peer-based teaching and learning
  • The effective use of graduate (and undergraduate) teaching assistants
  • Gender issues in the university research environment
  • The measurement and development of transferable skills

The Department is also actively engaged in the wider community of Engineering Education, including:

  • Membership of the European Society of Engineering (SEFI)
  • Representation on the editorial boards of the European Journal of Engineering Education (the official journal of SEFI) and Engineering Education (the journal of the Higher Education Academy, UK)

Consultancy work is also undertaken in the support of transferable skills development in other external institutes, such as the running of residential courses for the Helmholtz Association of Research Schools (Germany) and various ad hoc workshops across a number of UK universities. Occasionally, joint MSc projects are undertaken in collaboration with the School of Psychology and Human Development at the Institute of Education, London.

For more information, please contact Dr. Esat Alpay.