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Liverpool launches 'benchmark' degree

Liverpool University this week launched a new engineering qualification which it hopes will become the benchmark for the way engineering is taught in the UK.

Dubbed the "Liverpool Engineer", the new qualification combines active vocational learning with a strong academic base all conducted in a state of the art faculty building. The first students will graduate in 2011.

The £36M building will be completed in December and is central to the Liverpool Engineer project.

"Getting funding for the building coincided with the faculty undertaking a major review of our curriculum and our teaching methodology," said Liverpool University professor of materials science David Bacon.

The multi-disciplinary course places a strong emphasis on creativity, project management, team work and hands-on engineering. This is achieved through a practical design-build-test activities like a two week trip the Constructionarium at the National Construction College in Derbyshire.

The multidisciplinary nature of the course means that students of civil, aerospace, materials and mechanical engineering take courses together before specialising.

Liverpool University this week launched a new engineering qualification which it hopes will become the benchmark for the way engineering is taught in the UK.

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