UCL Centre for Engineering Education


Free Masterclass in South Africa

09 May 2019–10 May 2019, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

Event Information

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Birchwood Hotel
South Africa

Following on from our very successful previous workshops, we are pleased to open applications for the seventh engineering education “master-class” workshop, funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering, as well the UK’s Newton Fund. Our UK partner institutions in this initiative are the University College London (ranked 7th in the QS World University Rankings) and Aston University.
Over a period of 18 months, experts in various aspects of engineering teaching will be travelling from the UK to run a series of two-day residential workshops. These “master-class” workshops will be completely free to attend and delegates will be provided with free overnight accommodation as well as all meals, etc. There will also be two ECSA CPD points available to those who request them.
We are now calling for applicants for the seventh workshop, titled “Large Class Teaching in a Multi-Cultural, Multi-Ability & Multi-Disciplinary Setting”.  This “master-class” workshop will take place on May 9th and 10th in Johannesburg at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre.
The workshop will be facilitated by:

  • Dr Gareth Thomson – Reader in Mechanical Engineering at Aston University.
  • Dr Jane Andrews – Senior Teaching Fellow at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick.

In order for you to gain the most from these workshops, they have been carefully designed to maximise your opportunities to develop ideas, discuss with fellow educators challenges you face within your own practice and investigate ways in which your students can be prepared to work within the engineering community of the 21st century.
This two-day workshop will focus on the challenges and benefits of large-class teaching within a multi-cultural, multi-ability and multi-discipline setting. The two workshop facilitators have several years’ experience teaching within an engineering setting in Birmingham, in the UK (One of the most diverse cities in the UK, Birmingham is a ‘minority-majority’ city).
With 28 years’ experience researching at teaching Engineering in Higher Education, Dr Gareth Thomson is the UK and Ireland Regional Co-Director of the Global CDIO initiative. An active Engineering Education Researcher, Gareth is also co-chair of the SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education) working group on Curriculum Development.
Having worked at Aston University since 2006, Dr Jane Andrews has been employed at the University of Warwick since the beginning of the year. A social scientist whose area of expertise is Engineering Education Research. Jane has taught in Engineering for 10 years. She is a Governing Board Member of the UK & Ireland Engineering Education Research Network where she holds the position of Membership Secretary and Publications Officer.
We have limited the number of delegates who will be accepted to participate in each of these two-day workshops to 25 to ensure that each delegate gets the benefit of an intimate engagement with the presenters and their ideas. Should you wish to participate in this prestigious opportunity, please contact Hayley Mackrill on Hayley.Mackrill@uct.ac.za and apply.
Applications close on April 17th and we will let you know directly thereafter if you have managed to secure a spot in this workshop.