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A degree of support for design


Peter Campbell (NCE 4 July), among others, called for universities to have less analysis and more design at undergraduate level. At Liverpool JM University, since 1996 we have included a major final year design module.

This in stages has been designing a high speed railway between London and north west England. We expect our students to use their analytical skills to support their designs, not the other way round.

Now we are extending that to have lesser design modules in the earlier years of our BEng degree. That will provide a firm foundation for all design tasks faced by our students when they get into industry.

We were, however, criticised by the recent JMB visit for not having enough analysis. So I suppose we must have got the balance about right. It was also good to learn that other universities are following our lead.

Professor Lewis Lesley, Liverpool JM University, L3 5UZ

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