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Launch of new and improved Co-Tutor!

We are pleased to announce that the new Co-Tutor version 3.0 is now live, after a year long Phase I Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) commercialisation project. Loughborough staff can log in here There are training events and an official launch event planned (see details below) too. Please come along to find out about the new Co-Tutor and our plans for the Phase II project.

24th September, 12 – 1pm, CEDE, Keith Green Building (sign up here – )
From 12 noon – 12:30 pm
• Prof Morag Bell (PVC-T) – Welcome
• Prof Steve Rothberg (PVC-E) – How do Enterprise activities feed in to teaching and learning?
• Commercialisation and the new Co-Tutor (Melanie King)
• Co-Tutor’s new features and how Loughborough staff have helped to shape it (Paul Newman)
• Support and training (Charles Shields)
• Thanks and Q & As, followed by buffet lunch.

Hands-on training for Co-Tutor Department Admins or Monitoring roles
Thursday 18th September (West Park) 13:30 – 15:30 (W1.15)
Thursday 23th September (West Park) 10:00 – 12:00 (W1.15)
Thursday 25th September (East Park) 10:00 – 12:00 (LDS003)

Development team
Code base created by: Paul Newman and Melanie King
Front-end development: Matt Mould
Server technologies: Ray Chung

Code contributors
Middleware connections: Gary Brewerton, Matt Cook and Richard Goodman
Email code components: Garry Booth and Jason Cooper

R & D
Analytics and NLP: Jon Knight
Student portal: Beth Cox
VLE data: Dan Towns
Market analysis: SERO Consultants (Seb Schmoller, David Kay and Dick Moore).

Marketing, resources and branding
Kate Everest, Glenda McMahon and Jonathan Attenborough

We would like to thank the funders, both the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) and JISC, for supporting the ongoing commercialisation of Co-Tutor. In particular, many thanks to Jo Whitaker from the Enterprise Office, for all of her support and encouragement with the many legal and licensing hurdles. Also a big thank you to Claire Jones, Professor Steve Rothberg (PVC-E) and the Enterprise Project Group (EPG) panel for nurturing the enterprise activity and supporting the Phase II project into 2015.

Of course, a huge thank you goes to our many expert Co-Tutor users and critical friends over the years. There are too many to name but we would like to acknowledge the contribution made by the following staff to focus groups, case studies and significant feature developments this year. These colleagues are: Derek Stephens, Sue Simmons, Jo Higham, Malcolm King, Ann Cage, Pat Griffin, Sue Harrison, Tom Carslake, Rebecca Higginson, Bill Gabb, Stijn van Kessel, Keith Pond, Bruce Wright, Jacqui Glass, Murray Thomson, Dave Coates , Maurice FitzGerald, Judith Burton, Ann Hall, Cathy Turner, Jo Mason, Phil Kokoszka, Karen Coopman, Julie Bouazza-Marouf, Joe Pirie-Scott and Murray Thomson.

Co-Tutor has evolved over the past 10 years from many, many contributions from a wide range of Loughborough’s academic and administrative community. We would like to especially thank the CEDE Schools, who have contributed to the ongoing developments through their financial support and staff contribution to Co-Tutor related projects. In particular, the AACME placement’s team in 2012 – Tom Carslake, Ann Cage, Pat Griffin, Sue Harrison and Vaidhy Vaidhyanathan. The result of their hard work has been the recognition by the Times Higher THE Leadership and Management Awards this year for ‘Department ICT Initiative of the Year’.

Finally, a special acknowledgement goes to Dr Bill Forsythe (Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering) whose 1998 Engineering Education Centre (EEC) project, the ‘Tutorial Record System’, was the forebear to the Co-Tutor system today.


Your new and improved Co-Tutor is coming – September 2014

From 2014/15 a new and improved Co-Tutor will be rolled out across Loughborough and we would like to celebrate and thank the many colleagues that have been involved along the way. CEDE and CAP will be hosting a launch event at CEDE on the 24th September 2014 at 12 noon.

Register for the event here:

For the past year Co-Tutor has been undergoing developments as part of a HEIF funded commercialization project. Phase I of the project has been such a success that the JISC and HEIF are continuing to fund a Phase II of further developments.

Co-Tutor’s new additional features include:

– Refreshed and responsive new interface, optimized for tablets

– You can cc in to add comments to Co-Tutor straight from your Outlook.

– Access more information within a student’s record, e.g. timetables and Learn activity.

The Co-Tutor team would like to welcome Charles Shields, Jenny Narborough and Sasha Dosanj (E-Learning team) to Loughborough’s support team. They will be the first point of contact for enquiries and training. Allison Dunbobbin (Careers and Employability Centre) will also be on hand to support the placement management features within Co-Tutor.

For more information on new features and upcoming events and further announcements see

Success for Loughborough at THE Leadership and Management Awards!

Loughborough University won the Departmental ICT Initiative of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards, held in association with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Melanie King, Head of CEDE, Paul Newman (CEDE) and Ann Cage (AACME) were pleased to accept the award on behalf of the team.

Developed by CEDE, the winning initiative employed ICT to transform the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering’s (AACME) student placement processes. The project involved significant developments to the in-house Co-Tutor system to support the administration of placements and the tutor / student interactions during the placement year.

Further information is available here: 

CEDE support for an award winning academic.

Recently, Dr Sarah Bamforth of CEDE worked closely with Dr Zulfikar Adamu of the School of Civil and Building Engineering to develop a feedback mechanism to track the impact on students’ careers of an extra-curricular BIM workshop that Zulfikar developed for final year students. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is an important development in today’s building industry, and Zulfikar is keen to prepare students and thus enhance their employability. Zulfikar won the Loughborough University Agent of Change Award, nominated by students, for this work, and says to Sarah “…thank you for your encouragement, advice and support…I am immeasurably grateful.”

CEDE can offer one-to-one support on a range of issues to academics in our five partner Schools, as well as supporting Schools in longer-term projects each academic year.

Vacancy for Intern to join CEDE

The Centre for Engineering and Design Education is seeking an enthusiastic graduate or placement student to support its work in enhancing teaching and learning in Engineering and Design. This vacancy is only open to current Loughborough University students graduating this year, and current Loughborough undergraduates looking to undertake a placement year. For more details and to apply please click the link below:

A case study featuring our current intern and examples of the scope of the role can be found here:


Application closing date: 30th May 2014.

Apps for Impact: Free workshop, Loughborough University, Monday 9th June 2014

Monday 9th June 2014; 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Moving mobile app development ideas forward


This workshop shares the lessons learnt from previous developments of apps. It offers staff and PGR students at Loughborough University the opportunity to engage in an exploration of what enables the successful design, development and deployment of apps that might relate to their research findings, teaching and learning needs or disciplinary interests. It allows time for participants to further their ideas via Q&A sessions, presentations and action planning and hence move their ideas forward.

Location: Design Studio, Centre for Engineering and Design Education, Keith Green Building

Attendance is free and open exclusively to all Loughborough staff and PGR students

Workshop aims:

  • Provide participants with case studies of app development with ‘lessons learnt’ and key points to consider highlighted throughout. This will give participants ‘food for thought’ regarding their individual ideas.
  • Give participants an opportunity to ask questions about different aspects of the design, development and deployment process in relation to their idea from a variety of peers and professionals with experience of app development.
  • Enable participants to share their app ideas (though not compulsory) to get feedback from the workshop hosts and other participants.

Workshop outcomes:

  • Engage the participants in next steps action planning activities in order to move their idea forward.
  • Look to form a special interest group within Loughborough University for app development and a mailing list for interested parties.

The event is free to attend.

Please book your place here.

Note: You will need to register for EventBrite – Please provide your full name and department when registering for the event

Please share with any staff or PGR students you feel might benefit.

We look forward to seeing you on the day. 

For any further information please contact

Nicola Beddall-Hill, Learning and Teaching Coordinator (Projects)


Tel: 01509 227180

The Sustainable Impact of Engineering Education Research: EER SIG free symposium, 20th May

The Engineering Education Research Special Interest Group (EER SIG) (is made up of a number of engineering educators and researchers from universities across the UK. The aim of the SIG is to promote and enhance engineering education through the use of empirically grounded evidence-based practice.

The theme of the 2nd Annual Symposium will be how Engineering Education may support the application of research outcomes to deliver impact and sustainable practice. The programme is now published, together with information on how to register for this free event. Details may be downloaded from the link below:

EER SIG 20 May Programme

Book now for free HEA STEM workshop: Postgraduates who teach Engineering and Materials

This free one day workshop is designed for postgraduate students and other non-permanent academic staff / associates who are involved in teaching and supporting student learning specifically in the Engineering and Materials disciplines. Hosted at University of Birmingham  on Wednesday 14th May; further details and a link to the booking system can be found here:

A CEDE and AACME project short-listed for this year’s Leadership and Management Times Higher Award

A recent CEDE and AACME (Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering) Project ‘Enhancing the Management and Administration of Student Placements’ (,  is just one of the three Loughborough University shortlisted entries in this year’s Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards – Outstanding Strategic Planning Team, Departmental ICT Initiative of the Year, and Outstanding Student Services Team. 


The ‘Departmental ICT Initiative of the Year’ award recognises a team’s innovative use of ICT to improve both its own departmental performance and that of the institution.  The THELMA awards celebrate the sector’s leadership, management, financial and business skills, and showcase the extraordinary innovation, teamwork and commercial acumen of higher education institutions.  Other short-listed entries can be found here  

The awards ceremony will take place on 17 June at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Inside Government forum – CEDE to present case study

Glynis Perkin and Raimat Ali have been invited to speak at Inside Government’s ‘The Future of STEM Skills in the UK’ forum being held in London on 2nd April 2014. The aim of the event is to provide delegates with the opportunity to look at what is needed to strengthen the STEM sector in the UK and the opportunities that are available for the development of STEM skills. Glynis and Raimat will present a case study detailing the student-led activities that were initiated at Loughborough University with the help of STEM funding.