Developing enhanced employability through authentic, industry-led projects

In this podcast we chat with Matt Murphy about how he has developed enhanced employability opportunities for students through authentic, industry-led projects.

Dr Matt Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design, and Director of Education, in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is a metallurgist by background, with a PhD and 12-year technical research career in the additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals. For the last 14 years Matt has concentrated primarily on learning & teaching, and has held several leadership positions in the School of Engineering with special responsibility for curricular and pedagogic reform. Matt teaches a range of courses in design, materials science & manufacturing, but most enjoys leading the group design project modules. He establishes and supervises a broad range of student projects in fields such as energy from waste; urban farming; sustainable energy & transport; veterinary healthcare; circular economy; and the hyperlocal recycling of thermoplastics. In recent years Matt has focused on developing authentic learning and assessment experiences, in partnership with industry, that seek to replicate professional practice within undergraduate programmes. Matt is Chair of the University Education for Sustainable Development Working Group; has been a collaborator in the CDIO Initiative ( for 16 years, and a member of its International Governing Council for 12 years.

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