#NTUMakerClub to explore a mentoring approach to student learning

A new cross-course project taking place in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment is aiming to build a sense of community this term.

A new cross-course project taking place in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment is aiming to build a sense of community this term. The NTU Maker Club has been set up by technician Kerry Truman, and is uniting students and staff from across the School in a project that will culminate in the creation of a fully functioning 3D carving machine.


Kerry applied to the annual Alumni Awards scheme at NTU in the autumn term of 2016. He was successfully awarded funds, enabling the purchase of a XCarve CNC machine and associated equipment, and to run the project for Year Two students on both the BA (Hons) and BSc (Hons) Product Design courses. In addition to the core group of students involved in the NTU Maker Club, a number of others from across the School will be volunteering their time, including several Year One Product students, Postgraduate students and School technicians. This extra expertise will enable the students to learn new skills, such as electronics.


Kerry Truman said: “We hope that this mentoring approach will facilitate a more open, accessible and engaged student experience. I am hoping that through access to extra-curricular workshop sessions such as the five week project we are currently undertaking, students will benefit from a more informal and collaborative approach to their workshop experience.” He continued: “Setting up small projects like this offers a great opportunity for students to personalise their learning and develop skills alongside students from other courses across the School.”

Follow #NTUMakerClub on Twitter for more information and insights into the project as it progresses.

#NTUMakerClub to explore a mentoring approach to student learning

Published on 15 February 2017
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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