Trevor York

Trevor York, University of Manchester
Trevor York

In recent years we have enjoyed extremely high scores from the National Student Satisfaction survey. In 2012 a score of 96% was achieved for the overall satisfaction expressed by students, continuing the trend from recent years of being among the very top performers in all subjects and all Universities.

Position: Director of Teaching and Learning and delivers Digital Systems Design in year one.

 

The first and second years of study are common for the three undergraduate courses, except for a single unit in semester two of year two which is course specific. In year three there are a number of common units, together with options, which can be selected subject to satisfying the stated pre-requisites.

Students will attend about five taught units per semester, each typically comprising two hours of 'traditional' lectured hours per week. All taught units are supported by an on-line learning environment which provides a depository for documents, communication resources, discussion boards to provide efficient sharing of issues, on-line tests to help understanding and, increasingly, recorded material to support lectures.

Each taught unit is supported by practical activity where theoretical aspects are put into practice. Practical classes run in well-equipped modern laboratories which, in year one and two, typically benefit from the equipment provided in the National Instruments laboratory and software tool-suites hosted on PC clusters. Each laboratory session typically lasts for one afternoon. Submission of reports and the subsequent assessment is increasingly undertaken electronically.

We consider that it is important for all students to be associated, in each year, with a nominated academic member of staff. Initially this is realised in small weekly tutorial groups and this progresses into supervision of projects. This arrangement ensures that there are frequent opportunities to discuss both academic and pastoral issues as the need arises. In addition it provides a selection of academics who have had direct contact with each student and are therefore qualified to provide informed references when the need arises.

We encourage exposure to 'real world' challenges and offer a 'with Industrial Experience' year in which students spend time working in an industrial environment. The activity is coordinated by dedicated staff who also provide a point of contact for student welfare in the School.

The defining aspect of our courses is the blend of theoretical and practical exposure to the subject as evidenced by the progression from the Microcontroller Project in year one, through the Embedded Systems Project in year two, to the Individual Project in year three and, for those who choose to study for MEng, the Team Project in year four.

In recent years the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has enjoyed extremely high scores from the National Student Satisfaction survey. In 2012 a score of 96% was achieved for the overall satisfaction expressed by students, continuing the trend from recent years of being among the very top performers in all subjects and all Universities.

Statistics suggest that about 95% of our students successfully secure employment or research positions on graduating. Typical starting salaries are about £24,000.

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