Position: Professor in Radio Frequency/Microwave Communications and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning
Prof Danielle George is the member of staff in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in The Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. This is what she says about her work with the students in the School and the Faculty.
"We have embedded a culture within the School of 'do engineering anywhere, any time'. Students are given hardware in year 1 that will assist in their studies as well as allowing them freedom to 'play with engineering' without assessment. The School invested in National Instruments myDAQ hardware which is designed specifically for students and provides them with the technology to experience hands-on learning wherever they are.
Practical work is a key feature of our courses; from the very beginning students are taught in the laboratory, developing practical skills such as circuit prototyping and assembly. Software skills are very important and software laboratories are also a key part of the course. It is very important that we have a research-led teaching culture. It helps students understand how their knowledge can be applied. Most of our lecturers are research active and bring many examples of their research into the teaching environment.
Our National Student Survey results are impressive and the result of an engaged staff and student community. We are also ranked second in the UK for electrical and electronic engineering in terms of research quality. The number of undergraduate scholarships and internships is increasing each year, with partnerships in the Power Academy and the UK Electronic Skills Foundation.
The number of student-led activities highlight how engaged our student community is. The School Electronics Club, our student magazine, the EEE Society, the Formula Student competition and the Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (WiSET) are a few examples. We also have an multi-award winning Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS).
In the School we believe in a blended learning approach. Students are exposed to a variety of learning styles, including traditional large lectures, small group tutorials, group and individual project work and laboratory-based teaching. The first three semesters of each course are common and so students are taught a wide range of electrical and electronic engineering subjects. During the second year students will decide which stream they wish to specialise in and take appropriate course options."