ObjectivesThe objective of RailNewcastle is to develop, organise and conduct a three week intensive programme in railway and logistics at Newcastle University.  This is an achievable objective, which is in line with the strategic long term vision of the Life Long Learning programme of the European Commission.

RailNewcastle works with approx. 20 professors in railway and logistics from different locations in Europe.

MethodologyRailNewcastle employs an innovative multidisciplinary blended approach that combines a number of learning methods, such as: Lectures; Project-based learning; and Technical Visits as well as Thematic Seminars.The intensive programme spans 3 weeks, where:1) During the first week lectures on specific topics are delivered;2) During the second week lecturers and students work on projects in different groups;3) During the third week technical visits are organized followed by thematic seminars during which the students present the results obtained from their projects.

OutcomesThe targeted learning outcomes are to develop the undergraduate student's ability to initiate and carry out analysis, research projects, seminars and problem solving in railways and logistics. Specifically, our aim is to arm undergraduates with the skills necessary to pursue an employment in railways and logistics.

The programme has an emphasis on the growing interest in rail freight and passenger services and international aspect of logistics, which promotes safer and more secure rail transport systems, more mature and environmentally friendly distribution of freight, more efficient railway operations,  giving attendees the chance to view railways and logistics hand in hand from a wider perspective and appreciating the increasing importance of European and international multi-modal transport policy for global actions and activities.

The expected outputs of RailNewcastle are, as follows:- A curriculum for intensive programme in railway and logistics;- A collection of up-to-date teaching materials on various aspects of rail and logistics systems;- A collection of research projects (short reports and PowerPoint presentations) on railway and logistics topics;- A collection of articles to promote the programme and similar forthcoming activities;- The programme brochure and an advertisement leaflet;- The official web page of the programme;- A quality assurance guide.

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