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Accreditation: The University Perspective Prof Helen Atkinson Head of Mechanics of Materials Group Department of Engineering University of Leicester.

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1 Accreditation: The University Perspective Prof Helen Atkinson Head of Mechanics of Materials Group Department of Engineering University of Leicester

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4 What does it involve from a University’s point of view? Once every 5 years: Preparation of the paperwork Hosting a two day visit involving at various points virtually every academic staff member in the Department (plus some students and technical staff) Dealing with the aftermath….how much scope is there for debating the philosophy of different approaches? Constantly thinking during curriculum review ‘Will we still satisfy accreditation?’

5 Pros: Seen as a benefit by HEIs, industry and professional engineers ‘Kitemark’ on your course Shared understanding of the fundamentals of our academic discipline Scrutiny keeps you on your toes Innovation….accreditation does in fact challenge the sector to keep up to date, both in teaching approach and in subject awareness Some protection from erosion of resources….this may become an acute issue next year. (Departments are already running ‘at a deficit’ on HEFCE funded students….see the EPC costing study.)

6 Cons: Cost…cost of academic time commitment to the process probably between £10k and £20k. Some inhibition in curriculum development To some extent a ‘uniformity of approach’ e.g. group work issue Conflicting requirements from different bodies

7 Current Issues: Institutions contemplating charging; if they go ahead with this it will change the nature of the interrelationships (EPC currently conducting a survey on this)….thin end of the wedge….as charges increase some departments will fall off the edge Likely to be severe pressures on departments as the spending cuts bite How to shape courses for future skills needs


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