This winning entry to the Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award describes how the University of Edinburgh has put creative design at the heart of its civil engineering degree programmes.
Congratulations to Dr Tim Stratford, Senior Lecturer in the Civil Engineering discipline and Head of the Engineering Graduate School, who received The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Excellence in Structural Engineering Education Award on 8th June 2016 for innovations in teaching design as part of our Civil and Environmental Engineering degrees.
Civil and Environmental Engineering degrees now feature a design 'thread' from first year to final year, involving group design projects, individual design tasks, self-study and open ended problems. The aim is to enable students to develop their own design skills through consideration of a range of real world design problems, to make mistakes and have opportunity to learn from them, to practice creativity, choice, compromise, and coping with confusion.
Congratulations also to Dr Sarah Christian, Dr Martin Crapper, Dr Alison Furber, Dr Martin Gillie and Dr David Rush who have also helped in the development of the design thread.