The Centre for Engineering and Design Education

Internships and Placements

From the 1st May 2016, the Centre will be closing and a new learning technologies and digital innovation group will be formed within the University’s IT Services. Most of the CEDE team will be taking on new and exciting positions within the group and will join forces with the existing e-learning systems team in ITS. Two CEDE staff members, Glynis and Sarah, will be moving to the Centre for Academic Practice and will be working as Associates to the new group on learning technology and digital innovation projects.

CEDE are able to offer a number of opportunities to students and recent graduates to work within our team. Opportunities for internships and placements are advertised when they arise. If you would like to discuss how working with CEDE could provide stimulating and varied work experience, please contact us.

Internships

Graduate internships are typically of 9-12 months’ duration. We have currently two interns within our team – Alicia Pegg, a recent Fine Arts graduate, and James Bacon from Chemical Engineering who is doing his placement year with CEDE. Case studies below of two of our previous interns illustrate the range of experiences available to interns with CEDE.

Case study of graduate intern role – Huzaifa Essajee

My name is Huzaifa Essajee and I graduated with a first class honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng in July 2014. I was appointed as the CEDE Intern for the academic year 2014-15. The transferable skills that I gained throughout my degree, part-time employment and through participation in extra-curricular activities assisted in securing this position.

My first exciting project was attending the UNITECH General Assembly in Delft, Netherlands during the last week of August 2014. This was a great opportunity for me to network with others both in academia and industry. As one of my responsibilities included organising the UNITECH Mid-Term-Week this was ideal in learning how such a large scale event was orchestrated. The UNITECH Trialogue was held for the first time in 2014 and I submitted a pitch under the topic of Stakeholder Interaction titled ‘Emotional Engagement’. I was selected and therefore presented to a mixed audience of students, alumni, academic partners and corporate partners.

To continue from this, during the first six months of my employment, I spent a large portion of my time organising the UNITECH Mid-Term-Week (MTW) that took place in January 2015. This included booking rooms during term time, arranging an industry trip to a corporate partner (Caterpillar) and supporting activities that were taking place whilst being the main point of contact during the week. As a UNITECH Fellow and Alumnus, this was the perfect opportunity for me to give something back to the UNITECH community and I enjoyed every moment!

Throughout the year, I promoted our learning spaces in the Keith Green Building to students from the four Engineering Schools and the Design School. The software installed on the PCs in our five rooms now includes MATLAB and AutoCAD. This addition was a result of student feedback collected last academic year. This is perfect for students who need to do group work aided by a projector.

I continued the work of my predecessor with regards to CONNECT. I provided advice to the committee with regards to recruitment of new committee members and they successfully organised two events – the Symposium and PwC workshop – and secured speakers as well.

As a former patron of the EDEN FLIX film screenings and former committee member of FLIX Loughborough Student Run Cinema, it was a pleasure to organise this year’s screenings. There were nine film screenings in total with all except one hosted in the Design Studio, Keith Green Building. I managed to secure guest speakers for the first four screenings which ranged from lecturers through to the film director. We had a range of people attending the screenings and it was interesting that these films attracted a regular number of PhD students this year.

As a Centre, we focus on pedagogy and technology research for the four Engineering Schools and the Design School. There were three projects that I was involved with during my time here. The first project looked at creating individual assessment criteria for different submissions. The aim was to standardise the approach to marking throughout the Design School. The final result was made public on our Teaching and Learning Project Repository as is the case for all our work.

The second project that I have supported throughout the year was a technology based project. CASPA, our Coursework and Assessment Scheduler for Programme Administration, is used by the Schools that we support to aid coursework submission and assessment planning throughout the year. I have updated the staff and student user guides to reflect the added functionality and the changes in the system. Furthermore, I have supported School admins to upload assessment data and any problems that have arisen, reporting them to the coding team.

The final project which fitted in well with my background is enhancing learning and teaching with technology within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. I did a literature review of the technologies being used in other higher education institutions (HEIs) across the globe that taught the equivalent programme. Currently, I am writing a set of ‘recipe cards’ with colleagues on how to implement a range of technologies, including the cost and time taken.

Overall, it has been a stimulating and thought-provoking year, providing experiences in familiar and foreign territory. The times that I have gone outside my comfort zone have given me the chance to develop those skills the greatest, particularly in the field of pedagogy. Advice to future interns: build a rapport with your colleagues, ask for advice and take any opportunities that are thrown at you – you don’t know what doors it will open!

Case study of graduate intern role – Raimat Ali

Raimat is a graduate of Chemical Engineering and Management (MEng) from the Department of Chemical Engineering here at Loughborough. Below is a profile of her work at CEDE.

“During my internship, I had the opportunity to make some significant contributions to the work done at CEDE; working on projects that improve teaching and learning in our Engineering and Design schools particularly to improve the student engagement and experience. I have a real passion for improving the learning experience for students and enjoyed being involved in the work here.

I was responsible for our learning spaces which involved creating and executing a marketing strategy of the rooms to our students, creating documentation for users of our technologies, providing front-of-house support, maintaining the learning and technology environment, creating and collecting feedback surveys on the rooms and suggesting enhancements to the facilities on offer.

I applied for and secured funding from the Loughborough University Alumni fund to promote and develop the newly branded student-led, employer-focused, extracurricular activities’ (SLAs) initiative called CONNECT. I created links with Careers and Employability Centre, Enterprise Office and Loughborough Students’ Union to build the brand. I provided support and guidance to the students drawing on my own experiences during my time as a student at Loughborough University. I worked to build a strong student network to engage students with SLAs and develop sustainability of ongoing activities.

Over the last 12 months, I have developed learning resources around assessment and feedback as part of our schools’ activities, presented our SLAs initiative at an Inside Government event in London and organised student focus groups and surveys to gather feedback for CEDE activities. I also took part in the recruitment and selection of new team members, took advantage of many internal and external training opportunities, workshops, seminars and events among other activities.

The responsibilities and opportunities attached to this role helped me develop my confidence, communication in a professional environment, self-awareness and career direction. The support and encouragement I had from the team motivated me to take on various challenges and keep learning.”

Student Placements

Summer placements of 1 – 3 months’ duration are sometimes available. In recent years, students have worked on a number of different projects.

Case study of summer placement student – Bethany Cox

“This summer I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with the Co-Tutor team within CEDE. I was asked to investigate the prospect of developing a student side to the Co-Tutor tool. As part of this investigation I surveyed students to get their opinions on the current tools available to them and how they feel about proposed tools. I also looked into what other universities offer their students in terms of online tools. These designs are based on the current design of Co-Tutor but I have altered them to be student-oriented. I put the results of these investigations into a report which is to be presented alongside my designs and prototypes that I have proposed for the student portal.”