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Date: Wednesday 16th November 2011
Location: Sheffield Hallam University

Room 15102,
Aspect Court,
Pond Hill,
S1 2BG

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Following on from the success of the ‘Changing Materials Courses’ Workshop at Sheffield Hallam in March 2010, the UKCME/IOM3 have arranged a workshop entitled ‘Enhancing the Value of UK Materials Teaching’.

In the light of increasing fees and the growing use of key information sets (KIS), speakers will share their own Departmental or Institutional strategies on how to respond to KIS. Delegates will also have the opportunities to share their own institutional strategies to improve the student learning experience.

The afternoon session focuses on employability, with guest speakers from industry and academia updating delegates on their expectations of graduates in Materials. Delegates will also discuss how best to market the discipline of Materials Science and Engineering in light of recently announced student fee increases across the sector.

Outline Programme of Events

10.00 Arrival and Coffee
10.30 Welcome Address: 'Changes to Teaching in HE: Challenges and Value?’
Professor Alistair Sambell, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

SESSION 1: The Student Experience in Materials

10.45 What is the student experience in Materials?
• National Student Survey results for Materials programmes
• Update to the UKCME’s National Subject Profile for Materials
• Key Information Sets (KIS) indicators required from 2012/13
11.00 Responding to KIS – Examples from the Materials community
11.30 Effective Strategies – How to improve the student learning experience, with examples from the Materials community
• Experiences at the universities of Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Sheffield
• How can the Materials discipline provide a positive student experience?


SESSION 2: Enhancing Student Employability in Materials


Graduate employability in Materials
• Vocational placements, industrial experience, work-based learning
• Graduate identity and preparation for employment in Materials


Employability of Materials Graduates

Industry perspectives
• Workforce professional competencies: Examples from the sector David Arthur, Head of Registration, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining
• What is industry looking for? The attributes of a future Materials graduate Dr Nina Cardinal, Speciality Steels, Tata Steel

Academic perspectives
• Experiences at the universities of Sheffield Hallam, Liverpool, Sheffield

15.15 Marketing the Discipline – How to justify student fees?
15.45 Summary of Key Points
16.00 Departure

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