UCLan engineers win industry seal of approval

A multi-million pound investment in new facilities is already paying dividends for a Lancashire university.
UCLan's flagship Engineering Innovation  CentreUCLan's flagship Engineering Innovation  Centre
UCLan's flagship Engineering Innovation Centre

A year after the opening of its flagship Engineering Innovation Centre, the University of Central Lancashire has won national accreditation for its engineering courses.

The Preston-based institution has been given formal recognition for its civil and structural engineering courses from some of the country’s leading assessment bodies.

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Accreditation for both UCLan’s BEng civil engineering honours degree course and its Masters degree course in construction project management from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), mean students will now graduate with enhanced nationally recognised qualifications. And, it opens up new training opportunities.

The university's £35m Engineering Innovation Centre at Preston provides state-of-the-art learning and training facilities for engineering students and is already being hailed a beacon of excellence for the region.

The new accreditation means that students will now have the endorsement of the country’s top engineering organisations as well when they graduate.

Dr Paul Watson, principal lecturer at UCLan’s School of Engineering said: " This is tremendous news for our students as it means that they will now graduate with a degree which is backed by the oldest and most respected professional engineering institutions in the UK.

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"It also reflects the fact they are taught by civil engineering professionals recognised for their areas of specialism in civil engineering, using the very latest civil engineering laboratory equipment and software in our new Engineering Innovation Centre."

Paul added: "This is a great accolade for UCLan’s civil engineering students, graduates and staff. It reflects all the hard work that has been put in to ensure we have created the best civil engineering learning environment possible.

"We really are proud of this achievement as it is the ultimate seal of approval which means we are delivering engineering courses to students that are now recognised and accredited at the very highest level.

"Our students will graduate with the knowledge they will be recognised by the very best institutions across the industry. Institutions that could also be their future employers.”

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The new accreditation will also open up more opportunities for students to undertake more on the job training, through part-time study and degree apprenticeships.

Courses also include the chance to take part in residential field trips to the Lake District for geology and team building, and to North Norfolk for Constructionarium and the opportunity to construct a mini iconic structure.

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