Engineering with Dr Anne Nortcliffe

Canterbury Christ Church University

Join Dr Anne Nortcliffe as she poses the question “How can engineers make a smarter toaster?” in a series of episodes that culminate in an interactive and absorbing Subject Spotlight focussed on Engineering.

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Meet the academic

Dr Anne Nortcliffe is the new-founding head of the School of Engineering, Technology and Design at Canterbury Christ Church University. A passionate engineering educator developing the next inclusive pipeline of industry ready engineering graduates, Anne has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield and a Welcome PLC Scholarship MSc in Control Engineering at University of Bradford/Universidad de Valladolid. Anne went on to have graduate employment in industry in AI and later in post doctoral employment. As an academic, Anne has had a varied career in engineering and computing departments leading computing networking, aerospace engineering, and food engineering education and research activities. In 2017, Anne joined Canterbury Christ Church University to design and create brand new diverse and inclusive engineering education provision. In 2021 Anne was awarded the Executive Leader of Year 2021 Engineering Talent Awards for her endeavours.

1. Introduction to Control Engineering at CCCU


2. What is control and who does it have an impact on?


5. What have CCCU students learnt throughout the spotlight?


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Course snapshot

If you want to work at the cutting-edge of engineering, developing and designing the components and machinery used in manufacturing, construction and other industries, then this is the course for you.

You’ll use the pioneering CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) approach to problem-solve mechanical engineering issues. The CDIO approach is an international engineering education model, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It allows you to learn in a practical, hands-on way to find creative, evaluated solutions to industry related engineering challenges. We are one of only a handful of universities in the UK to offer CDIO.

The course offers you real-world application of science, technology and maths, where you'll take genuine problems proposed by the industry and apply your practical skills and technical knowledge to solve them, working with engineering experts along the way.

On completion of the course you'll be skilled in professional engineering practice and prepared to work as an effective, industry-ready engineer who is on track to become an Incorporated Engineer.

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Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 2022 and provides individual learning and outstanding personal support to help students reach their potential, gain an excellent education and successfully go on to work or further study. Its multicultural community is welcoming and supportive, and campus facilities provide collaborative spaces and an innovative learning experience. The University’s new multi-million pound STEM building houses industry leading facilities and a fantastic learning environment for the next generation of engineers.

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