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All UK University Departments are evaluated by the government’s Quality Assurance Agency as part of a regular "Teaching Quality Assessment" exercise. This involved a group of assessors examining every aspect of the Department and its approach to teaching, and then assigning a series of scores to provide some measure of the quality of that department. The Department of Electronics at York scored the highest possible rating of 24/24, with a top score under every heading:
The 2008 & 2009 National Student Surveys put York first for student satisfaction in Electronic Engineering in the UK, as published in the Sunday Times. This means that taking an average of the responses to all the questions in the survey, Electronics students from York gave the highest scores to the most number of questions.
When asked if they were satisfied with the overall quality of the course, a massive 93% of our students gave us the strongest indicators of ‘mostly agree’ and ‘definitely agree’. We also had the highest average score in questions on the teaching of the course (degree of intellectual stimulation), academic support provided (the ability to contact staff when needed), and the learning resources available (ability to acess specialised equipment and facilities), amongst others. We are proud to be ranked first in the country for giving Electronics students the very highest quality learning experience.
The quality of the Department's teaching has been recognised in various national awards. Two examples are featured below.
The Engineering Subject Centre's Teaching Awards give national recognition to Engineering academics who have been proven to enhance the student learning experience through the use of outstanding learning and teaching practices.
The overall winner for the 2008 awards was Dr Dave Pearce, who showcased his ideas, along with other finalists, at 'EE2008' - an international conference on innovation, good practice and research in engineering education. He was presented with his award and £500 towards future conference expenses.
Dr Pearce's winning contribution was 'The Impact of Animated Visual Models in Enhancing Student Understanding of Complex Processes'. This is a series of animated demonstrations and simulations used in lectures to allow students to see the operation of the systems and algorithms. These teaching methods are used in Dr Pearce's second year module on Communications Theory, which is taken by students studying for a variety of the Electronic Engineering degrees here at York. (Photograph courtesy of Phil Price, Loughborough University)
The Royal Academy of Engineering awards a select six prizes annually for the most able lecturers working in the field of electronics/technology, who have chosen to remain in the higher education sector during the early years of their career.
In 2007, Dr Andy Hunt (pictured on the right) was awarded one of these prestigious prizes.
Nominees must provide various recommendations and are judged as those who are best at ensuring the output of top quality graduate engineers, promoting engineering as a creative and rewarding career and establishing industrial-academic links.
Chris Elliot, FREng Chair of the Selection Committee said, "The Academy was overwhelmed with the quality and diversity of this year's entries and the eventual winners can regard themselves as the true elite amongst their peers."