Learning and teaching
The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and learning.
We aim to provide students with the resources and expertise they need to excel at their chosen subject. To achieve this all new lecturers undergo training in teaching practice, run in conjunction with the University's Centre for Educational and Academic Development (CEAD), to give them the skills to become effective teachers.
This training is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and leads to staff becoming Fellows of the HEA. Academics also take part in continuing professional development activities to ensure their skills and up-to-date.
Many of our staff are involved in innovative teaching practice, exploring new ways in which learning can be enhanced. This research has explored approaches to the way that teaching sessions are run, such as through enquiry-based learning, or into ways in which technology can enhance learning, such as by using electronic voting or podcasts.
This excellence in innovative teaching is recognised by Faculty staff so far receiving ten Teaching with New Technology (TeNT) awards and six Surrey Centre for Excellence in Professional Training and Education (SCEPTrE) fellowships.
The Faculty holds monthly learning and teaching seminars to disseminate best practice and to showcase the results from innovative teaching practice.
All are welcome to attend. Videos from past sessions can be found on the University's YouTube channel, including:
- Dr Kevin Wells: enquiry-based learning
- Dr Andy Adcroft: experiences of peer observation
- Dr Gabriel Cavalli and Dr Ian Hamerton: enquiry-based learning
- Sarah Machin: SurreyLearn, Surrey's new virtual learning environment
- Dr Raffaella Guida: student generated podcasts
- Michael Norris and Gill Dwyer: copyright and bibliometrics
We also run a voluntary peer observation scheme where academics take it in turns to observe colleagues during teaching sessions to help share and provide feedback on best practice. If you are interested in taking part in this, full details can be obtained from Dr Matthew Casey.