How can engineers make a smarter toaster?

This is a Engineering and technology Subject Spotlight with Dr Anne Nortcliffe from Canterbury Christ Church University. An interactive, cinematic course taster experience to allow students to gain insights into what it's like to study Engineering and technology.

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Join Dr Anne Nortcliffe as she poses the question “How can engineers make a smarter toaster?” in a series of episodes that culminate in an interactive and absorbing Subject Spotlight focussed on Engineering.

About Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) has campuses in Canterbury and Medway offering great locations for studying. One of only a handful of universities to have a campus in a World Heritage Site and with coastline and countryside nearby, the main campus in Canterbury is less than an hour from London by high-speed train. CCCU has invested heavily in facilities with the new multi-million pound STEM building and the creative arts hub providing an innovative learning experience with industry level facilities. Courses at CCCU offer strong routes into careers and employment, from medicine and teaching, to engineering, sport science, computing and games design. In fact, CCCU is 1st in the UK for graduates.

Meet the academics

Dr Anne Nortcliffe

Dr Anne Nortcliffe is the new-founding head of the School of Engineering, Technology and Design at Canterbury Christ Church University. A passionate engineering educator developing the next inclusive pipeline of industry ready engineering graduates, Anne has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield and a Welcome PLC Scholarship MSc in Control Engineering at University of Bradford/Universidad de Valladolid. Anne went on to have graduate employment in industry in AI and later in post doctoral employment. As an academic, Anne has had a varied career in engineering and computing departments leading computing networking, aerospace engineering, and food engineering education and research activities. In 2017, Anne joined Canterbury Christ Church University to design and create brand new diverse and inclusive engineering education provision. In 2021 Anne was awarded the Executive Leader of Year 2021 Engineering Talent Awards for her endeavours.

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