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  1. FdSc Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering A collaboration betweenUniversity of Derby Derby College Rolls- Royce plc Angela Dean Assistant Dean University of Derby Dr Patrick Barber Senior Lecturer University of Derby Doug Wibberley Derby College

  2. History of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Education for Rolls-Royce plc in Derby Drivers for Development Development Process Curriculum Operation of the Programme Workbased Learning Pitfalls Encountered Essential Elements of Success Widening Participation Conclusion

  3. Collaborating Partners • University of Derby • Derby College • Rolls-Royce plc

  4. History of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Derby • University of Derby and Derby College have been educating apprentices in manufacturing and mechanical engineering areas from Rolls-Royce since the formation of the College of Further and Higher Education in 1976. • Educational attainment at ND/HNC/HND and degree level • Approximately 100 engineering students per academic year • Progression to senior technician/lower management levels within the production/engine development areas within Rolls-Royce plc.

  5. Drivers for Development • Introduction of foundation degrees by the government as a more applied and workbased approach than an HNC or HND qualification • Need for education of new entrants to the company from a variety of backgrounds • Introduction of Rolls-Royce’s Higher Apprenticeship • SEMTA • Widening participation policy of the University of Derby • Mission of Derby College

  6. Development of the FdSc in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering • Development Team’s Aims and Objectives • Need to produce a qualification which will address: • Benchmarks in Engineering • Foundation Degree Benchmarks • Business drivers for an appropriate skills base within the company to meet present and future technical and commercial developments • Number of Meetings with Rolls-Royce and Derby College established the curriculum content and delivery modes • Senior Rolls-Royce Managers were consulted • Validation process

  7. Curriculum Areas and Delivery • Mechanical Engineering • Manufacturing Engineering • Engineering Maths (90%+ pass rate) • Engineering Design • Business Management • Use of Mixed Teaching Styles and Blended Learning • Maximise Staff Expertise from all Collaborating Partners

  8. Operation of the Programme • Programme Leader at the University of Derby • Programme Coordinator at Derby College • First 2 years part-time at Derby College with input from University academic staff • Final year part-time at the University of Derby • Progression onto top-up degree at the University of Derby • Industrial Technology • Industrial Technology (Mechanical Engineering)

  9. Operation of Workbased Learning • Integral to the programme • Built in to all the modules • Two workbased modules at Level 4 • Understanding the Working Environment • Professional Development • One double module at Level 5 • Industrial Project Module • Workbased Coordinator at the University of Derby • Contract with Industrial Supervisors at Rolls-Royce • Handbook for academic tutor, industrial supervisor and student • Academic Tutor visits to review progress • Introduction Session for Industrial Supervisors for Level 5 Module

  10. Widening Participation • Students from a wide variety of backgrounds are able to join the programme. • A level entry • Apprentices from vocational programmes at Level 3 • Mature applicants from a variety of businesses within Rolls-Royce • Mature applicants from a range of engineering companies

  11. Pitfalls Encountered • Development of the foundation degree at the University of Derby was a trailblazer for this kind of programme • Validation panels did not understand the concept of foundation degrees within a technical area • Managers within Rolls-Royce also needed to be educated as to the benefits of a foundation degree over traditional engineering qualifications • Students were also cautious of the new qualification and how it differed from a traditional HNC/D programme.

  12. Essential Elements for Success • A programme that answers the skills requirements of Rolls-Royce plc and other businesses and is seen as relevant and worthwhile • Regular meetings with Rolls-Royce, Derby College and University of Derby • Rolls-Royce plc managers committed to the workbased learning elements of the programme • Clear and unambiguous documentation for academic staff, students and industrial supervisors • Staff development programmes for university and college academic staff • Promotional activities to ensure that managers are aware of the benefits of a foundation degree

  13. Conclusion • A stable programme which is now in its second year of operation • A programme that makes maximum use of all parties resources • A programme which answers the needs of Rolls-Royce plc • Seamless transition between College and University