The Centre and teaching methods
Teaching at the Centre emphasises challenge-based, collaborative learning which allows students to draw upon their subject specialism while collaborating in multidisciplinary teams to deliver new and innovative solutions to a given real-world challenge.
Throughout the programme students work in collaboration with a wide range of industry partners who set live challenges, providing students with the opportunity to gain experience and build a project portfolio.
For those interested in the entrepreneurial route, the Centre is a place to grow ideas while being surrounded by a network of industry mentors with connections to investors who are ready to support ideas. Just ask fourth-year Innovation students Konstantina and Roman who received a start-up grant and membership to an SETSquared incubator.
We do not consider Innovation and Entrepreneurship “traditional” subjects, so teaching does not take place in a traditional way.
- Sessions are held in a studio-based learning environment which gives students the flexibility to be creative and work together in teams, whether that be in a teaching room or in a one of our pods or break-out areas.
- Innovation-specific courses have no traditional exams. Our applied learning approach means assessments are practical with both team and individual submissions.
- The prototype lab is stocked with everything from simple cardboard to laser cutters and 3D printers, allowing students to develop and test their ideas.
- Collaboration is core. Units are designed to introduce the principles underpinning successful teamwork and give students the chance to experience collaboration across a variety of different projects and teams.
At the Centre It’s okay to…
- Make mistakes
- Ask why and why not
- Be different
- Not know the answer
- Collaborate openly
- Embrace uncertainty