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Engineering Gateways Practice Transfer Partnership

Adopter Case Study
University name: University of Derby
Title(s) of programme(s) (with in brackets, the engineering discipline areas)
MSc Professional Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civils)
Date when marketing began or is planned: Started December 2011
Date of first enrolment/planned enrolment: September 2012
Name of the lead faculty and/or department: Patrick Barber School of Technology
Other faculties/departments involved
1. Reasons for becoming an adopter
Please provide: (up to 500 words)
What attracted your university to the programme?
Summary of the perceived key benefits
What attracted your university to the programme?
The University decided to adopt the programme as it provides a work based progression route from the departments
set of work based engineering degrees. This has been seen to be beneficial as there is demand locally for a
progression route which leads to charted engineering statues. There is also local demand from people who would
like to move their careers forward and feel they need to become charted to do that. These people require the
academic element in order to achieve this and need a work based route to do it.
Summary of the perceived key benefits
It will provide a progression route for students from the BEng programme and provide a route to chartered for
people who are currently in employment.
The programme provides a work based MSc, which fits in with the departments work based undergraduate
provision.
2. Securing university commitment
Please provide: (500 - 1000 words)
The steps taken to secure this, including validation
Overview of how any issues/challenges were addressed
An indication of any agreed indicators of success
The University is committed to the programme as the School of Technology has been looking for a route to provide
this type of provision for a number of years after research conducted by the LLN for the region identified a significant
demand for this type of course, as a large number of engineering companies and engineers would like to become
charted in the region
3. External engagement Please provide: (up to 500 words)
Brief overview of employer engagement activity
Details of the level of engagement with appropriate Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs)
Brief overview of employer engagement activity
The proposed MSC has been to the Schools industrial advisory board and was met with overall support. The
concept has also been taken to a number of large companies locally, including Toyota Manufacturing UK and RollsRoyce PLC who have both responded positively to it.
Engagement with appropriate Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs)
The MSc is planned to meet the needs of the IMechE, ICE and IET and we are currently in discussions with all of
these institutions.
4. Key Milestones towards successful implementation
List in chronological order of achievement:
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Planning Approval completed
Draft Document Completed
Validation Completed
Post Validation Conditions Met
Final Programme Approval Achieved
First Applications Have Been Processed
Three Students Now Ready to Start in September

University of Derby Case Study – July 2012
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6. 8. Take it to industry early as they will help with development 3. which the practice transfer partnership has helped with. so other marketing materials have had to be developed 5. Key challenges to successful implementation and how these were overcome Please describe up to five key challenges and their resolution. Marketing of the course. The use of the draft tool kit has also proved useful in the development of the documentation as it provided a range of examples. The finding of a suitable external examiner. Advice and support during your journey to adopting the Engineering Gateways framework Please list the key sources that you found most useful: We have found the advice of the critical friend very useful and we would not be able to progress without it. Developing the online learning materials 3. The help of the group and group meetings as these allowed experiences to be shared. Student monitoring and fees 7. Advice to prospective adopters Please provide up to three pieces of advice: 1. Additional comments (optional) I am very grateful for the help of the HESTEM programme and Deborah Seddon in the development of this programme. Issues or challenges yet to be resolved Staff time for the delivery of the work based modules and the development of suitable marketing materials. Developing staff expertise to deliver work based learning materials at an MSC level 4. Use the resource available to you through the engineering gateway programme 9. as it doesn’t fit into the university’s standard model. from most challenging to least challenging: 1. The help of the practice transfer partnership in the form of its members and the draft tool kit have been very useful in developing the documentation and strategies to manage the programme once it is running.Engineering Gateways Practice Transfer Partnership Adopter Case Study 5. Gain the understand of senior management 2. Pass the validation. 2. understanding of the programme by the panel in terms of work based learning. University of Derby Case Study – July 2012 Page 2 of 2 .