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Co-establishment of Engineering Academy Society

 

9 students from the Engineering Academy engaged with the student intern to develop a structure, strategy and logo for a new Engineering Academy Society.

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Feedback Loop based on Incorporated Engineering Standard

The Incorporated Engineering Standard was identified as a framework to form a feedback loop allowing students to reflect, integrate and capture learning experiences from placements and university study. Students also benefit through recording learning experiences and working towards Incorporated Engineer status during their time at university. Focus groups with current students identified that most students struggle to understand the intended meaning of some of the Incorporated Engineering criteria and requirements. Students felt using examples would enlighten their understanding.

 

A demonstrator interactive on-line tool was developed. The tool is personalised allowing students to build their own personal assistant to guide them through the Incorporated Engineering Standard providing explanations and examples for Incorporated Engineering Standard criteria. Some screenshots of the demonstrator are provided below:

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The intention is to establish a strong peer support and mentoring community working in collaboration with clubs and societies. The interactive Incorporated Engineering Standard tool should be used by individuals alone and in conjunction with peer mentoring as a basis for personal development. Fully integrating placement, work and study learning experiences. 

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Students were involved at the core of all aspects of the project. A current student Kate Murdoch undertook the work as a student intern i.e. developing the methodology, collecting and analysing data, developing the interactive tool. 

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Peer Mentoring Requirements

*         A total of 44 students responded to the survey.

*         73 % were interested in having a mentor

*         97 % of students believed a mentor in Year 2 of the Engineering Academy would help their transition into university

*         44 % of students who wished a mentor believed that having an Engineering Academy Student as a mentor would be the most appropriate and another 44 % of students did not think it mattered whether the mentor was an Engineering Academy or Non-Engineering Academy student.

*         The mentor should be AT LEAST one year above the mentee.

*         40 % of students believe that mentors should communicate with their mentor on a casual basis as and when they want to meet e.g. in a social area, over coffee. There must be an initial e-mail or induction message sent to the student by the mentor.

*         19% of students believe that the mentors should communicate via social media.

*         65% of students primarily would want to discuss the mentor’s university experience (their hurdles, tips and additional advice) with their mentor, with 22.5% believing general advice by e-mail would be sufficient.

*         50% want to meet with their mentor on a 1-1 meeting basis although 25% would prefer meeting with their mentor in a group environment and another 25% of students partially agreeing by wishing to meet in a social space/environment.

*         25% of students wish to gain helpful discussion regarding their university projects when involved in a mentoring scheme and 25% want to progress in a specific area of university study e.g. software packages (Solidworks, CREO, Photoshop, InDesign), Exam Preparation and Report Writing. Face to face time with a mentor is important to 17% of students and 21% of students wanting the scheme to provide a mentor who will primarily only listen and support.

*         The majority (78%) of the students wish to develop an Engineering Academy Society.

*         59% of students are already involved in their own engineering faculty’s society or another University of Strathclyde club/society.

*         80% of these students believe it has made them feel more included within the university.

*         23% of EA students want to be mentors to give back to the EA and its future students and 20% wish to improve the EA scheme in general.

*         When becoming a mentor, 18% of the students wish to gain skills they could apply to their Curriculum Vitae and 15% of students wish to gain professional engineering qualifications. 13% of EA students acknowledge that becoming a mentor will increase their employability.

Co-establishment of Engineering Academy Society

9 students from the Engineering Academy engaged with the student intern to develop a structure, strategy and logo for a new Engineering Academy Society.

 

Feedback Loop based on Incorporated Engineering Standard

The Incorporated Engineering Standard was identified as a framework to form a feedback loop allowing students to reflect, integrate and capture learning experiences from placements and university study. Students also benefit through recording learning experiences and working towards Incorporated Engineer status during their time at university. Focus groups with current students identified that most students struggle to understand the intended meaning of some of the Incorporated Engineering criteria and requirements. Students felt using examples would enlighten their understanding.

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