This paper considers the needs of the UK car industry and identifies specific situations that have serious implications upon design practice. The response at Coventry University to these needs and how Design plays a major role in our programmes of study is discussed. The undergraduate course in Automotive Engineering Design is highlighted as an example of our approach to Design Education. We introduce our PAKTS model for Design Education. This model is a convenient means of expressing our aspirations and reflects our dedication to the development of professionally trained engineering designers. The model recognises the importance of the University and Industrial environments to the growth of the student and identifies five branches of growth: Processes, Attitudes, Knowledge, Tools and Skills

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