The government-commissioned Farmer Review warned
The worst gender balance
Bad for women, bad for business
Women account for under 1% of the construction workforce, but with data pointing to significant industry skills shortages by 2020, Dr Alice Moncaster and Martha Dillon believe the sector must attract and retain more female employees.
The government-commissioned Farmer Review warned
Formula 1 is the ultimate motor sport. It demands the highest level of skill from both drivers and the engineers behind the cars. So what are the secrets of good car design? How are Formula One cars engineered for maximum performance? This album takes a behind the scenes look at Red Bull Racing, a front-runner on the F1 grid. Using thrilling archive and expert testimony, the tracks explore how the techniques of Finite Element Analysis are used to optimize the performance of different elements of a Formula One racing car. The album is presented by Lara Mynors and features extensive contributions from Lewis Butler, Red Bull's senior structural analyst and Dr Ray Martin of the OU. The material is forms part of The Open University course T884 An introduction to Finite Element Analysis.Listen now ❯Finite Element Analysis
Engineering encompasses a broad range of disciplines from design to manufacturing. This free course, Introducing engineering, introduces a number of key themes that explore how engineering is undertaken in our modern world. These themes include engineering design, rules that govern engineers, manufacturing for products and electricity generation using solar energy.Learn more ❯Introducing engineering
In part one of this two-part series of articles, we look at something that challenges many drivers - parking.Read now ❯Robot cars, part 1: Parking the future for now
From microscopic electronic devices to super structures like dams, bridges and towers, engineering has a vast scope that touches every area of our lives. The BEng (Hons) is a fascinating and thorough general engineering degree course that explores the fundamentals of this creative and analytical subject, and provides a firm foundation on which to build a successful career. It covers the range of techniques, concepts and knowledge required by professional engineers – from materials and mechanics to design and modelling – and you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in a number of areas: engineering design, environmental technologies, or energy and sustainability. Learning outcomes have been defined to fulfil the Engineering Council’s requirements under UK-SPEC, and early on in your studies you’ll compile a development plan aimed to fulfil your personal and professional aims. You’ll work on real projects and there are two compulsory week-long residential schools where you’ll team up with other students to create innovative solutions to challenging problems.Learn more ❯Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
How can we best manage the environment, given the pressures that threaten its future? How do we design more sustainable practices and use technology effectively while doing so? The BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology is a must for anyone with an interest in this critical subject. You’ll explore the complexities of the natural and built environments; how our activities influence them both; and how they influence what we do, whether at home, in communities or in organisations. This interdisciplinary degree combines aspects of science, management, technology and social science to help you understand the environmental systems in which we live and work, and how we can improve the way we act within them. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand and manage local, national and international environmental problems more sustainably, as well as developing your analytical, design and systems thinking skills.Learn more ❯BSc (Honours) Environmental Management and Technology
Design and innovation play a central role in society, finding solutions to problems of all sizes in many aspects of our lives, not just the creative industries. The Open University is at the forefront of teaching in this field; with a reputation for producing ground-breaking courses featuring online design studios, social networking, and inspiring study materials. The BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation will develop your understanding of the huge impact that design can have. You’ll develop skills and abilities that will be useful in a wide range of careers. Your study will focus on three key aspects: the process of design; working with and for others; and applying design and innovation in real-world contexts. Each of the core modules has a significant practical component. We offer four distinct pathways through this degree course, combining design and innovation with either arts, business, engineering or environment.Learn more ❯BA/BSc (Honours) Design and Innovation
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