The Aston University Engineering Academy

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The Aston University
Engineering Academy


A University Technical College in
Birmingham





Professor Alison
Halstead


Pro Vice Chancellor
Learning and Teaching
Innovation

What is it all about?


University Technical Colleges


the concept!



Why were Aston interested?



How did it happen?



Where has the project got to?


What are the benefits?


What qualifications?


What
extra’s?


Progression
?



What do you need to know? Ideas? Questions?


University Technical Colleges ( 2010
-


Creation of UTC a bold step


recreates some of the Junior
Technical school concept early 20
th

century.


Distinctive in inviting self selection


Curriculum


engineering, maths,
physics, IT with a language


Eng
Diploma


Clear progression to work and
education


Input
to
delivery from Industry



Key facts about Aston University


Founded in 1895


Student population: 9059


Industry
-
focused and


accredited programmes


Strong School Engineering


2000 undergraduates


25% women


Industrial placement year (76%)


Graduates entering employment (83%)


Non
-
continuation (2.4%)




Why were we attracted to this opportunity?


Alignment with Mission and
Vision


Proactive regional Schools
activity


Tutoring


Mentoring


Tasters


Summer
Schools
-

Smallpeice


Experience of working with the
Engineering
Diploma





How did it all happen? Slowly!

December 2007

November 2008


Expression of
interest to DCSF

April 2009 Project Management
company appointed



Sept 2009 Feasibility


plans

March
2010


Funding
Agreement signed by
Ed Balls

What are the benefits?


Unique chance to embed a


employer
-
led engineering


curriculum into 14+ education


To raise aspiration for engineering


and provide work


To provide clear pathways


and progression routes


Opportunity to work in partnership


with regional employers to


deliver the experience


Opportunity to input to the


professional development of teachers

Aston University Engineering Academy,
Birmingham



New Build for September 2012


600
students





All
students to have industrial


sponsor and university
engineering
student mentor



Problem based learning led by


industrial
partners



International School partners
China/Germany/US/New
Z





Aim to
produce
creative and
innovative
engineers

What qualifications will students be studying
14
-
16?


Engineering Diploma



English


Maths,


Physics, Chemistry,
Multi
-
media
, Design

as
specialist learning within the Diploma


German or
Mandarin


contracted out to Aston
University

Extra Curriculum (optional qualifications)


Art/Animation/Photography


Drama/Music


Sport (lots of)


EON Fantasy Football for


Schools, Energy Experience,


Plug into
Engineering


Formula
1 in Schools/


Mentored by
University


UK
Schools Computer


Animation
Competition


STEM club


Young Enterprise


Post 16 Qualifications


Apprenticeships



Engineering Diploma



Physics, Maths and


Chem A level



Range of Technological and Business Options NVQ/BTec
options which can be taken as specialist learning within the
Diploma or routes in their own right



There will be no Humanities or Art A level options in the
academy Germany or Mandarin will be available as a 16+
option through Aston University










Engineering Topics and teaching
zones/themes area.


Lasers /Optics/ Photonics


Communication/ Mathematical


Modelling



Metrology and Tribolgy


Importance of Measurement


Wear/Lubrication/Bearings/


Engineering Modelling



Design/Selection of Materials


Stress Analysis/ Structures


Failure/ Corrosion/ Testing



Engineering Topics and teaching
zones/themes area.


Soil Mechanics/Fluid mechanics


/Hydraulics/Wind tunnel/


Mathematical modelling/Baths



Electrical/Circuit/Theory/


Electronics/Robotics/Motors/


Actuators



Energy/Heat Pumps/Carbon


Extraction/Wind and Solar Power/


Heat Transfer/Thermodynamics

Progression Routes


16+ Move to a BCC Secondary School



16+ Company Apprenticeship (later opportunity for
Foundation Degree whilst in employment or degree)



18+ Employment (later opportunity for Foundation
Degree whilst in employment or degree)



18+ Further Education



!8+ Higher Education



Where has the project got to?


Waiting confirmation of the ‘New Government’ funding!


Principal to be appointed July 27
th

2010


Design starting now! Seeking planning
consent Sept.
2010


Opening September 2012





The reward


seamless engineering
curriculum progression for
Birmingham

Creativity,
Innovation and
Employability
for Birmingham
Youth