The Centre and teaching methods

The Centre

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. 

Teaching methods

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
  • Experiment
  • Not know the answer
  • Collaborate openly
  • Embrace uncertainty

It was nice lecturers put their faith in us to have a positive impact. I feel like in other disciplines the students are just there to learn but don’t have much of a say. Here [at the Centre] I feel like we learn from each other.

Geography with Innovation student
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