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University awarded Gold in Teaching Excellence Framework

TEF Gold

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 15:23:00 BST

The University is one of only two to achieve a Gold Award in Yorkshire and the Humber

Teaching THE excellence of its teaching has earned the University of Huddersfield a coveted Gold Award in a major new assessment scheme.  It is one of only two institutions in Yorkshire and the Humber to receive a Gold Award.  This confirms it as one of the top educational institutions in the UK. 

Factors such as highly-qualified staff, individualised learning support and rapid feedback on coursework have propelled the University into the top category of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).  Introduced by the UK Government, its main aim is to “provide clear information to students about where the best provision can be found”.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Bob Cryan (pictured below right), is delighted by the Gold Award.  “It shows that our strategy to provide top-class teaching, facilities and student support has come to triumphant fruition.  This award confirms that we are among the elite as a teaching institution and it is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication by our staff.  I would like to thank and congratulate them all.”

Professor Bob Cryan The TEF is administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which has now announced rankings for Year Two of the scheme.  HEFCE states that the Gold Award signifies that “provision is consistently outstanding and of the highest quality found in the UK Higher Education Sector”.  Particular strengths at the University of Huddersfield include the following: 

  • Staff are expected to demonstrate teaching, research and professional excellence and HEFCE’s own data on academic staff teaching qualifications showed that Huddersfield has a higher proportion of staff holding a teaching qualification than any other Higher Education institution, making it number one in the country.  The University also leads the field in terms of the number of National Teaching Fellowships awarded – over the past nine years the University has had 14 award winners, more than any other university.  These awards “recognise, reward and celebrate” individuals judged to have made an outstanding impact on the student learning experience.  
  • The University works with employers to ensure that its courses are relevant for the world of work, and its excellent graduate employment figures show how successful this approach is.  The University is also committed to relationships with all the relevant professional bodies to ensure its students receive an education which prepares them to take their place in their chosen profession. 
  • Feedback on assessments is given in ways that demonstrate how students can develop further, and challenges them to achieve even greater success.  Combined with this careful monitoring of students’ progress is undertaken, so that tutors can offer timely and relevant support to help ensure every student achieves their very best.

Teaching A total of 299 universities, colleges and other providers of higher education volunteered to participate in the TEF – which becomes compulsory from 2018 – and they were appraised by a HEFCE panel that used a wide range of data to focus on ‘core metrics’ that covered elements such as teaching quality, the learning environment and what students gain from their courses, including added employability.

A highly-detailed 15-page submission also formed part of the assessment process.  The University of Huddersfield’s document highlighted factors such as its Strategy Map, which has a central aim of inspiring students through outstanding teaching.

Huddersfield’s 20,000 students also benefit from a high-quality campus, ranked in the top 10 per cent nationally.

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Huddersfield professor becomes a Dame

Professor Jane Jiang pictured with the University's former Chancellor Sir Patrick Stewart

Professor Jane Jiang pictured with the University's former Chancellor Sir Patrick Stewart

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:52:00 BST

Professor Xiangqian Jiang has been created a Dame in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours

Dame Jane Jiang THE remarkable life and career of the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Xiangqian Jiang (pictured right) – known as Jane – have led to her being created a Dame in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

It is a reward for her global reputation in metrology – the science of measurement – plus her contribution to British-based engineering and advanced manufacturing, and it is the latest stage in a journey that has taken her from self-education in Chairman Mao Tse-Tung’s China, where she was compelled to work on a production line, to academic eminence in her adopted UK.

Dame Jane said: “I am very humbled to receive such an honour.  I would like to express my deepest thanks to all my colleagues, friends and research students throughout the years. Without their support, it would not have been possible.

“I am also grateful to my family, which includes a mathematician, a science teacher and a literature teacher.  They always give me unconditional support.  Philosophical arguments are very frequent – but very enjoyable!”

Dame Jane’s roles at the University of Huddersfield have included research director of its Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) and Director of its EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology.  She is now the director of the £30 million Future Metrology Hub that is based within the CPT.  Its mission is to develop new technologies and universal methods that will integrate measurement science with design and production processes, to aid the development of digital, high value manufacturing.

Jane with her husband Professor Paul Scott and her daughter Dr Rachel YuJane with her husband Professor Paul Scott and her daughter Dr Rachel Yu

Among the first to congratulate Dame Jane on her new honour was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Bob Cryan CBE, delighted by the success of his colleague and fellow engineer.

“From very humble and challenging beginnings, Jane has carved out an outstanding academic career that places her amongst the top engineers within the UK and indeed the world,” he said.

“She is one of only a small number of female engineering professors in the UK and a wonderful role model for others to follow.  Jane is a truly inspirational individual who has overcome extremely difficult times to become a leader in her chosen profession.”

Dame Jane has earned a sequence of academic and professional honours, including Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012, and a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Professorship, conferred in 2016.  She has published over 330 papers, is the author or co-author of eight books and holds several patents in the field of measurement science and surface metrology.

Jane’s remarkable journey

Jane winning the Asian Women of Achievement Award in 2006Jane winning the Asian Women of Achievement Award in 2006

Her journey to eminence is a remarkable saga.  Dame Jane’s parents were doctors in Shanghai, but lost their homes and careers during Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s.  At the age of 15, Jane was put to work on a production line in a factory making buses and remained there for almost 20 years, but never lost her determination to become a scientist.

Her innate scientific ability meant that she moved from the production line into the metrology laboratory and worked her way up through the ranks, while she spent her evenings teaching  herself engineering and mathematics, having attended night classes to make up for lost schooling. 

Jane Jiang For two decades the authorities turned down her request to go to university, but in 1990 her results were so good on the National Graduate Admission Examination she was allowed to enrol directly for a Master’s at Huazhong University of Science and Technology.  This led to a PhD and in 1999 she won an award for China’s best engineering dissertation of the decade.

At the age of 38 she came to Britain, working as a research engineer at Birmingham University, before relocating in 1998 to the University of Huddersfield, which became home to the Centre for Precision Technologies.  In 2003 she was appointed a professor. 

‌In 2006, Dame Jane received the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award, plus the Lloyds TSB Outstanding Woman of Achievement award and was presented to Her Majesty The Queen as one of the people that had made a significant contribution to national life in that year.

In 2007, she was ranked as the fifth most influential women of Chinese origin in the world and in 2014, she received the Sir Harold Hartley Medal from the Institute of Measurement and Control, and also the Institution of Engineering and Technology Innovation Award for leading work on manufacturing technology. 

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Heart to heart with the Duchess

first-placed students (left-right) Andrew Mullin and Hannah Russell with the judging panel the Duchess of York, Kitty Buchannon-Gregory and Michelle White with Professor Sven Plein

First-placed students Andrew Mullin and Hannah Russell (left) with the judging panel (l-r) the Duchess of York and representing the British Heart Foundation Kitty Buchannan-Gregory and Michelle White with coronary specialist Professor Sven Plein

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:30:00 BST

Duchess of York judges student creations that will alert women to coronary problems, in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation

second-placed students Georgina Jenks and Jack Cowley with the Duchess of YorkSecond-placed students Georgina Jenks (left) and Jack Cowley with the Duchess

INSPIRED by a design challenge from the Duchess of York, teams of talented University of Huddersfield students have developed a range of technologically-advanced wearable devices that can monitor the heart health of women and help to stave off the risk of coronary failure.

Using the latest in sensor technology, plus the potential of wireless communication, smartphone apps, modern textiles and 3D printing, the students came with ideas that include a bra that keeps track of its wearer’s heart health; a stylish bracelet that can monitor heart health; and a necklace for pregnant women, fitted with sensors that issue warning signs and can even transmit them to a GP.

The Duchess then came to the University to head a panel of judges that inspected the five designs and it chose a winner – leggings embedded with sensors that can record blood pressure and heart rate, sending data wirelessly to a smartphone.

Half of the seven million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK are women.  When the Duchess became an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) she was made aware of “terrifying” statistics, such as the fact that 77 women die every day from coronary illness, which is a bigger killer than breast cancer.

“I started a campaign with the BHF to alert women that when they get that pain in a supermarket it’s not just from carrying the supermarket bags.  They must go and get it checked!” said the Duchess, who realised that the subject would be ideal as the basis for the latest in a series of design challenges at the University of Huddersfield, where she holds a Visiting Professorship.

the Duchess of York Ten students in the University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture were selected and formed into teams of two, each consisting of one textile practice student and one product design student.  Most were in the second year of their degrees.  They spent weeks researching coronary illness in women and then they developed a range of product ideas.  After feedback from tutors and fellow students they focussed on one product, creating prototypes and explanatory material.

Supervising the project were senior fashion and textiles lecturer Nicola Redmore and Dr Ertu Unver, who is Principal Enterprise Fellow in 3D and Product Design.

The Duchess came to judge the results, heading a panel from the BHF, including coronary specialist Professor Sven Plein.

As winners, they chose Andrew Mullin and Hannah Russell, whose device is named Compressure.  It consists of special leggings, including a waistband battery powering a monitor that records blood pressure and heart rate, sending the data to a smartphone.

In second place came Pulse, from Jack Cowley and Georgina Jenks.  It is a wearable accessory equipped with a computer chip that makes it pulsate every eight minutes, representing the fact that in the UK this is how often a person dies from a heart attack.  The device is intended as a talking point, spreading awareness in particular of Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection.  It also has a QR code linked to the BHF website.

the Duchess of York There was praise too for the other entrants:

  • Blossom, from Ellen Cracknell and James Seal, is flower-shaped necklace for pregnant women, whose hearts can be working 40 per cent harder.  Its petals open up in response to warning signs, such as an alarmingly high heart rate.
  • Life Bra, from Qamer Razzaq and Echoe Moyeres, is hybrid of a normal bra and a sports bra, with sensors in the under-wiring.  They measure factors such as heart rate, and a BHF logo changes colour in response to warning signs, providing a visual cue. Also, data is sent to a special smartphone app.
  • Beat, from Lydia Hurley and Kyran Johnston-Hunt, is brightly coloured and stylishly designed bracelet – inspired by nature – that connects to a ring sensor.  Intended for monitoring people with pre-existing heart conditions, it would measure heart rate and blood pressure.

The Duchess said she was proud of her connection with the University of Huddersfield and was impressed by all the devices that she saw.

“Whenever I come here there are such high standards and technical ability.  Every single device I have seen today could change a woman’s life – in fact give a woman her life.”

The Duchess’s trip also included a visit to Huddersfield’s Kirkwood Hospice, marking its 30th anniversary, and she revealed that this had furnished inspiration for her next University of Huddersfield design challenge, later in the year.  This would involve the design of elements such as wallpapers and textiles to change the atmosphere and improve people’s lives.

Students with their designs

Andrew Mullin and Hannah Russell

 Above - Andrew Mullin and Hannah Russell with their device named Compressure

Jack Cowley and Georgina Jenks

Above - Jack Cowley and Georgina Jenks with their device named Pulse

Life Bra - Qamer Razzaq and Echoe Moyeres

Above - Qamer Razzaq and Echoe Moyeres with their device named Life Bra

Beat Bracelet- Lydia Hurley and Kyran Johnston-Hunt

Above - Kyran Joyhnston-Hunt and Lydia Hurley with their device named Beat

Blossom necklace - Ellen Cracknell and James Seal

Above - James Seal and Ellen Crackness with their device named Blossom

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Huddersfield education students command highest salaries in UK

education setting

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:59:00 BST

“…one of the statistics shows that new teachers who studied at Huddersfield earned a median annual salary of £22,200 – the highest in the country…”

Education setting A NEW Government system for monitoring the careers and earnings of graduates shows that education students at the University of Huddersfield can command the highest salaries in the UK when they enter teaching.

That is one of the standout findings from the Department of Education’s newly-issued dataset titled Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO).  It has been compiled after legislation enabled the Government to use tax data to track the transition of graduates from higher education into the workplace.

LEO provides information about salary levels across a wide range of occupations for cohorts who graduated one, three or five years earlier.  The newest data covers graduates who started their careers in 2013 – a year before the tax information was gathered.  One of the statistics shows that new teachers who studied at Huddersfield earned a median annual salary of £22,200 – the highest in the country.

Toddler in nursery The LEO tables enable users to track career and earnings progress.  For example, education alumni of Huddersfield who graduated in 2011 also headed the national earnings tables, with median salaries of more than £29,000 and a quarter of graduates earning £35,600 and over.

Former engineering and technology students are also among those who made good progress in the salary stakes, with a quarter of alumni earning £35,900 and over when they were five years into their careers.

The detail and scope of the LEO dataset means that it provides exceptional opportunities for analysis and policy making.

The University of Huddersfield’s Head of Careers and Employability Stephen Boyd commented: “The LEO data provides another indicator of the potential impact of higher education in relation to future earnings.  Although it’s only raw data, and therefore doesn’t take into account factors such as regional pay variations, it is nonetheless powerful in demonstrating a significant upward trajectory of graduate salary levels over time.”

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