As our cities and society are being shaped around us with new internal and external spaces, the nature of learning and developing the knowledge of those who design and build such spaces is changing too. New demands are being made of professionals, through new technologies, and the trend indicates that fewer people are entering the industry.
The Education and Learning in the Built Environment Research Group has been established to consider the wider issues for built environment professionals, from young people thinking of entering the industry, to the life-long learning for people throughout their careers. We are concerned with understanding and applying innovation in the learning and development of people who are delivering the current and future built environment.
The Education & Learning in the Built Environment (ELBE) research group is led by Dr Mark Shelbourn. The main key themes are;
We are outward facing and look to work with partners in education, local government, professional institutions and industry to ensure we have people to meet the industry’s future needs.
We are currently undertaking work in a number of areas
In collaboration with Heriot Watt University, University of Westminster, CITB and ClassOfYourOwn, the BIM4Education project aims to build a suite of programmes & resources to support teachers, especially those who are promoting post 16 pathways; and, support teaching & learning both virtually & in the classroom through academic & industry intervention. A pilot study has been delivered at St Ambrose Barlow RC High School, and has enabled the school to be a DEC hub that is recognised for producing outstanding DEC teachers.
The Pedagogy & Upskilling Network project (PUN) was one of a number of project funded by the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to bring together collaborators drawn from research, practice & others to contribute to the work with the purpose to:
PUN was commissioned to explore & address the research questions around how we create & support a digitally enabled, agile, competent & ultimately, productive workforce. The project identified a number of key questions that need to be addressed to provide both return-on-investment & succeed as the catalyst for evolving the manner in which the built environment is conceived, planned, designed, constructed, operated, & interacted with.
Shelbourn, M.A., Macdonald, J., McCuen, T. & Lee, S. (2017) Students’ perceptions of BIM Education in the higher education sector – a UK and US perspective. Industry & Higher Education, 31 (5), pp.293-304
Current members of the group include:
Those interested in all aspects of education and learning in the built environment are welcome to submit applications to study for a doctorate at the university at any time.