Guidance for academics delivering project-based learning

This guide has been developed to support teaching staff in the delivery of the Engineers Without Borders UK Engineering for People Design Challenge. Our award-winning inter-university design programme encourages engineering undergraduates to recognise their global responsibility to society and the planet as engineers.

Our aim is to provide teaching staff in engineering education concepts that they can use in their teaching as well as activities they can use, adapt or give to students to run for themselves.

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What’s in the guide?

The guide starts by introducing the overarching concepts that are relevant to the whole design process, after which it is then split into four sections which broadly map to the four key stages in a design process:

  1. Analysing the context
  2. Defining the problem and the design criteria
  3. Exploring lots of options
  4. Justifying your recommendations and explaining how it works.

The guide contains a mixture of concepts that can help teaching staff develop their own material and exercises that can be adapted or modified for use with students.


This guide has been developed in partnership with Think Up, an engineering education consultancy with specialism in design teaching, both in universities and in industry, helping engineers develop their design skills.

The production of this guide would not have been possible without the support of Arconic Foundation. We are grateful for their continued support towards our aim of enabling globally responsible engineers.