Teaching/Mission

Mission

The challenges outlined in our vision statement call for the scientific education of professionals with the knowledge and capabilities to build a sustainable and resilient environment. This requires an approach which is grounded in both, the theoretical basis of such knowledge and the practical experience of its application. We want to attract and engage the best students through developing inspiring curricula that address societal challenges whilst offering multidisciplinary opportunities and consistently high-quality learning experiences. This will be achieved via:

  • experiential learning and approaches which engage the full learning cycle, (i.e. concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualisation, and active experimentation).
  • developing and deploying digital learning solutions to improve learning outcomes and student learning possibilities during non-contact times.
  • ensuring the success and expansion of our students’ capabilities and wellbeing in a multicultural and diverse community by providing first-class study support.
  • promoting research-informed teaching and access to extensive laboratory facilities; using the new test facility as a unique (living-lab) teaching facility.
  • delivering a combination of theoretical lectures, supported by individual and group work involving context specific building energy and building performance analysis.
  • site visits and campus tours that complement the learning process and allow students to experience a diverse range of building physics problems, and to develop a critical awareness of ‘real world’ challenges, integrated design solutions and emergent problems.
  • embedding sustainability issues throughout all modules, in particular addressing aspects such as climate change, Greenhouse gases, sustainable design, systems thinking, carbon foot printing, lifecycle assessment and circular economics.
  • addressing aspects on engineering ethics, ethical conduct in engineering, rigour and implementation of ethical design as engineers have a key role in creating safe, sustainable, buildable and ethical designs.
  • strengthening the working life capabilities and employability of students by leveraging deep industry-academia relationships in educational projects, courses and internship