Academics' Conference 2017

'The Built Environment and the Future of Academic Skills in Higher Education'

The Annual Academics' Conference was an opportunity for members of the built environment academic community to discuss current issues in education and to exchange ideas and best practice on teaching.

The theme for this conference was 'The Built Environment and the Future of Academic Skills in Higher Education’.

This conference covered sessions on inspirational ideas and policy in built environment higher education, with a range of speakers from academia and practice.

There was a break out session for delegates on creativity in undergraduate teaching led by Nick Russell, JBM Chair, Professor Tim Ibell, University of Cambridge and Oliver Broadbent from Think Up

 

Programme

09:30   

 Registration and refreshments

10:00

 Welcome and setting the scene - Faith Wainwright, Senior Vice President for The Institution of Structural  Engineers 

10:10

 Session 1: Inspirational ideas

10:10

 The importance of making: Haptic feedback & intuition in the teaching of structures in Achitecture - George  Fereday, London Metropolitan University

10:30

 Use of sustainable materials by undergraduates as part of their design projects - Gareth Mason, Stora Enso Timber  UK Ltd - Dr James Norman, University of Bristol

11:10

 Student attitudes towards a collaborative project between undergraduate architecture and civil engineering  departments - David Sharpe, Birmingham City University

11:30

 Break

11:45

 Break out groups 

 Creative thinking for undergraduates: focusing on the need to encourage creative thinking in students taking JBM
 accredited civil/structural/highways degree courses

12:45

 Lunch and networking 

13:45

 Showcasing The Institution of Structural Engineers' new case studies for student group design projects - Clare  Taylor,  COWI - Nick Francis, Eadon Consulting

14:30

 Session 2: Policy 

14:30

 Higher Education Teaching and Research Policy Landscape - Dr Rhys Morgan, Royal Academy of Engineering

14:45

 Break

15:00
 Brexit: How will it affect UK universities? - Nick Hillman, Higher Education Policy Institute
 

15:15

 Brexit: How will it affect students studying in the UK? - Hansika Jethnani, NUS International Students Campaign  committee

15:30

 Q&A panel on Brexit and Higher Education Policy
 Dr Rhys MorganRoyal Academy of Engineering - Nick  Hillman, Higher Education Policy Institute - Hansika  Jethnani, NUS International Students Campaign committee - Naomi Weir, Campaign for Science & Engineering

16:00

 Summary - Faith Wainwright, Senior Vice President for The Institution of Structural  Engineers 

16:15

 Close


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