School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering


19 Jul 2015

Research-informed Teaching Awards

The RiTA winners

This prestigious annual award was introduced by the University in 2013 to recognise and celebrate Loughborough academics who have demonstrated excellence in research-informed teaching.

The awards for 2015 were presented at the summer graduation ceremonies.  Among the recipients was Professor Memis Acar (shown above, back row on the right):

In 2012, Memis designed and initiated a new research module (Advanced Engineering Research) in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering with the aim of supporting Part D MEng students to develop the skills necessary for further study at Doctoral level. Enrolled students are supervised throughout and afforded a number of seminars on research methods, technical report and journal paper writing to foster the knowledge and skills relevant to their research activities. Their final report is written in the form of a journal paper with the expectation being that the paper will be nearly ready to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Memis also initiated the ENSURE Scheme which provides engineering undergraduates across the UK an opportunity to gain research experience at Loughborough University during the summer prior to their final year. Its success has led to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) establishing its own countrywide ‘Vacation Bursary Scheme’.