September 2016 - New Tricks

Hi Nick,
You may run a fitness factory, work in a retail outlet or repair cars. You may mend broken bones, make energy saving components or serve behind a bar. No matter where you work or what you do, there is an increasing need for people to deliver more than just the job description.

The new Hereford Engineering University recognises this fact and that is why the first intake of 300 undergraduates, scheduled for 2019, will have 35% of their syllabus devoted to understanding how their studies relate to and are integrated with the real world and society. This means for example, that intuitive intelligence, emotional intelligence and interpersonal intelligence will be moving higher up the agenda than ever before.

Intuitive Intelligence is a non-linear way of thinking; it is a key skill for success in the global economy, an economy driven by constant disruption and chaos. Emotional intelligence is the capacity to be aware of, to control, and to express emotions in a range of different relationship situations. Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand and interact effectively with others. It involves effective verbal and nonverbal communication, the ability to show sensitivity to the moods and temperaments of others, and the ability to entertain multiple perspectives.

For engineers to be able to operate efficiently and effectively, meeting the demands of employers that will frequently be operating on an international scale, specific skills, knowledge and attitudes will be taught. These include abilities to:

  • Collaborate and work effectively with self and others
  • Understand the context of ethical, economic, business, historical, political, environmental and legal considerations necessary for the practice of engineering
  • Communicate in all formats and situations

When you think about it, we could all probably do with improving in some of these areas.