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‘Innovative’ engineering courses launched

Nottingham Trent University is launching what it says is a range of innovative engineering courses, built in conjunction with major industry employers and experts. Included is an electronic engineering degree apprenticeship which will allow students to split their time between study and their employer.

“The aim is to partner with industry every step of the way, to ensure that graduates become the very best and most employable engineer they can be,” said Professor Neil Mansfield, head of engineering.

“This focus will ensure that students get three to four years of industry experience before they’ve even graduated. Instead of just learning the theory of engineering from a text book or lecture, we are turning engineering education on its head.”

According to Prof Mansfield, the University would like to hear from organisations or engineering departments that are seeking new solutions or creative ideas and who would like the chance to work with some of the brightest engineers of the future.

Global companies and independent local firms will bring their engineering challenges to the students, setting live projects and working with them to develop solutions over the duration of their course. Electronic engineering students will develop practical solutions for the new challenges facing electronic engineering departments and companies.

Courses will be delivered from the University’s Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Engagement Centre (ISTEC) and students will have access to 3D printers, design and test laboratories, electronics workshops and CAD design suites.

Graham Pitcher

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