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Broadening the appeal of engineering
7 December 2001, Sheffield Hallam University
This workshop will address the issue of broadening the appeal of engineering degrees to attract students who would not usually consider a career in this area, despite being very bright and able. Issues such as the recruitment of women, mentoring and the approach to balancing recruitment in different countries will be addressed. This collaborative event is hosted by the BALANCE Project, the UK Centre for Materials Education, and the British Engineering Education Society.
Teaching development grants workshop

5 December 2001, Imperial College, London

This dedicated workshop for holders of our Teaching Development Grants is an opportunity for all grant holders to present their progress to date, to discuss their projects with colleagues, to obtain input and exchange ideas. It is also an opportunity for anyone wishing to apply for a grant in the next round of the scheme (Jan 2002) to find out more about it and to meet existing grant holders.
Student learning in science and engineering - preparing a bid for funding
28 November 2001, Imperial College, London
The intention is to bring together lecturers who teach science or engineering students, and who might be interested in formulating a joint proposal to the ESRC Teaching and Learning programme, on a topic related to student learning in their subject areas.
Teaching materials chemistry
13 November 2001, University of Liverpool
This workshop aims to give lecturers the chance to: discuss the difficulties in teaching materials chemistry to undergraduate students; share their experience in specific areas of the subject which are difficult to convey to students; and be able to obtain a context for the subject matter from case studies and teaching models, learning from the experience of other people's methods, which have proved successful when delivering this material to students.
Student reps weekend
9-11 November 2001, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham
The purpose of the course was to help students to appreciate how they can best represent the interests of their fellows, by enabling them to gain an insight into the principles and practice of materials education in institutions across the UK.
An introduction to distance learning
22 October 2001, De Montfort University, Milton Keynes
"Producing and running an open learning course can be a large, complex, expensive task. But the core ideas and practices are very simple." This workshop aims to introduce these core ideas and practices, and will be tailored to meet your needs.
Systematic creativity for innovation: TRIZ and other tools
16 October 2001, Imperial College, London
Employers across the world are increasingly concerned that their new employees should be creative. Nowhere does this apply with more force than among employers of science and engineering graduates ...TRIZ is a clever and successful way of helping staff and students to be creative, by harnessing the collected experience of many previous inventors.
Knowledge building: travelling facts

6 September 2001, Royal Society of Arts, London

A one day symposium related to 'travelling facts' – wherever knowledge passes from one context, culture, language, medium or person to another - examined within the interdisciplinary framework of the Learning and Teaching Support Network.
Materials for Engineers
12 June 2001, University of Birmingham
Participants in the workshop identified and discussed the current issues relating to the teaching of materials within a broad engineering context. These issues were examined in the light of recent education developments and education research.
A workshop for Teaching Development Grant holders
11 June 2001, University of Birmingham
This dedicated workshop for holders of our Teaching Development Grants provided opportunities to discuss projects with other colleagues in the materials community, build links with other projects with similar aims and obtain input and exchange ideas about their project.
National developments in teaching & learning for Materials Education
21 May 2001, Imperial College London
This workshop presented 3 new FDTL Projects within the areas of materials technology: The Keynote Project, DOITPOMS and Tutoring Materials. A report will be available soon.
Scottish National Workshop for New Lecturers
May 2001, Napier University, Edinburgh
An example of one of our bespoke workshops, tailored to the needs of individual departments. This workshop was designed for several new lecturers from three institutions across Scotland.
Curriculum 2000 and its impact on University Materials departments
29 March 2001, Carmel College, St Helens
A round-table discussion exploring the implications of the new curricula for the content of undergraduate courses in Materials Science and Engineering, and considering the potential impact on admission to these programmes.
Negotiating Scientific Knowledge
November 2000, University of Liverpool
A student of science will tell you that their lectures are full of facts. Even if the students are also taught how to apply those facts, using complex mathematical formulations, the basic 'building blocks' are still there. It is assumed that first year students need to be 'given' these facts so that they can then go on to understand the more difficult and less tangible aspects of their discipline. However, most scientists will agree that even those basic 'facts' are not really as simple as the text book variety which are presented to a first year student.
Industrial needs symposium
7 November 2000, Institute of Materials, London
This one-day symposium brought together academics and industrialists to discuss how degree courses could best meet the needs of employers, students and the Materials discipline.
Cross-cultural conceptions of knowledge
November 2000, UK Centre for Materials Education, Liverpool
A seminar exploring how students from different cultures view the concept of knowledge, and the implications this has for teaching and learning. Guest speaker Marta Fulop described recent research carried out in Japan.




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