Brookes robotics on display in teaching excellence showcase at British Academy

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Monkey 3D printed robot

A new 3D printed humanoid robot developed in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University is being exhibited at the British Academy today (19 October) at a teaching excellence showcase hosted by the University Alliance.

Two new humanoid robots with monkey faces have been 3D printed and are being used to enhance teaching at the University. Third year students, studying BSc Computing for Robotics Systems, have the chance to program one of the new robots as part of the course.

Tjeerd Olde Scheper, Robotics Subject Coordinator at Oxford Brookes University said: “The technology we have at Oxford Brookes is giving our students real, hands-on opportunities to design, create and program a robot and that really puts us at the forefront in terms of robotics. The skill of our technicians has also been instrumental in the provision of our robotics programme. 

It is very exciting to be part of this teaching excellence showcase at the British Academy and to show one of our new robots that will be used by our students in their final year projects.

Tjeerd Olde Scheper, Robotics Subject Coordinator, Oxford Brookes University

“We have been using our new, high-tech 3D printer Lab to print the robots’ frames. It is very exciting to be part of this teaching excellence showcase at the British Academy and to show one of our new robots that will be used by our students in their final year projects.”

Oxford Brookes is also exhibiting a robotic cardboard arm that has been developed as an outreach activity and one of their Nao robots used in teaching.

Students-robotics

Today’s showcase is part of University Alliance’s Teaching Excellence Alliance (TEA) project, which sees the publication of a new collection of essays on teaching excellence, outlining bold new thinking from leaders in higher education.

The publication, Technical and Professional Excellence: Perspectives on learning and teaching explores the themes of innovation and excellence in the context of Alliance universities’ distinctive model of professional and technical education.

It features insightful, external contributions from those such as Sir Michael Barber, Chair of the Office for Students and Sir Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of the British Council. 

Alongside these, contributions from Alliance universities examine different aspects of excellent teaching including learning spaces that inspire, enterprise education, learning by doing and engaging employers.

Maddalaine Ansell, University Alliance Chief Executive said: “Britain’s higher education system encompasses distinct models of excellence in teaching and learning. This diversity is both a strength and a source of innovation.

“Excellent teaching has always been at the heart of what Alliance universities do. This is shaped by close engagement with industry and the professions, characterised by teaching and assessment in real-world settings and underpinned by supporting all students to succeed.

“Given the continuing importance of this agenda in HE policy, our collection of essays is designed to inform discussion, spur debate and encourage reflection on the attributes which make teaching and learning truly excellent.” 

More about University Alliance and the TEA programme can be found on the website http://www.unialliance.ac.uk/tea