An on-line Pre-Induction Pack for Engineers (PIPE) in chemical engineering

Ventura-Medina, E. and Bannerman, M. and Rossiter, D. and Perry, S. (2007) An on-line Pre-Induction Pack for Engineers (PIPE) in chemical engineering. In: PRES '07. Chemical Engineering Transactions . Associazione Italiana di Ingegneria Chimica, Milan, pp. 567-572. ISBN 8890191546

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Abstract

The Pre-Induction Pack for Engineers (PIPE) is an online tool designed to familiarise prospective students with the university environment, and in particular with the Chemical Engineering course at The University of Manchester, before they actually start their studies. While introducing prospective students to the university, the course and university life in general, the PIPE website helps to ease the communication between prospective students and the School. Through the Ask Dr PIPE section prospectives students can make enquiries directly to staff within the School. The information from students enquiries and the students' responses to the pre-induction questionnaire allow staff within the School to get to know prospectives students better so that adequate support can be in place upon their arrival. PIPE was introduced in August 2005 aiming to help bridge the gap between school and university. An evaluation of the scheme was carried out during the first weeks of the term to obtain information about students’ experience with PIPE and also staff perceptions regarding its functionality and efficiency. Most students found that the information provided in the PIPE website was clear and useful. Most home students who responded the evaluation questionnaire found the section Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester to be the most useful followed by the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. On the other hand, the section Working to succeed was found the most useful to the majority of overseas students who responded the evaluation questionnaire followed by Ask Dr PIPE. The majority of students using the site found it an easy and friendly way to communicate with the School at a more personal level. The scheme has been used successfuly during the first attemp although the feedback from the evaluation reveals room for improvement.