About the Project
The project will focus, for concreteness, on the discipline of Chemical Engineering, but will include comparative study of other Engineering subject areas; and will focus on Strathclyde as an exemplar, but again include comparative examination of other key UK institutions. The pedagogical basis of how research and innovation skills are currently provided by university teaching and learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels will be explored, utilising a combination of data acquisition and in-class ethnographic research methods. By examining student and staff activity across the range of learning scenarios from lectures to workshops and detailed projects, a clear, critical model of how activities, formal and informal, lead to knowledge and skills development that benefit research and innovation will be determined. In parallel the project will probe industry’s needs and awareness of research and innovation skills and how these can be boosted through graduate skills, making use of relationships with Strathclyde partners across a wide range of sectors including food & drink, oil & gas, environment and water, advanced technologies, pharmaceuticals, and others. By pedagogically understanding current skills provision in the curriculum, and comparing with industrial needs, the research will identify potential improvements as well as significant current strengths and underlying principles that can be built upon.
In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.
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Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.
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