New graduate conversion course to be offered in Building Services Engineering

Issue date: 25 May 2016

Building Services Engineering at UWE Bristol

UWE Bristol has been awarded funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to create a new graduate conversion course in Building Services Engineering. One of 28 projects awarded a share of £1.7 million to retrain graduates to meet the economy's growing demand for engineers, data science and cybersecurity experts.

These new courses will allow those who have undertaken previous study in other subjects to transition to careers in these key areas. The new courses, starting in 2016-17, will train a total of up to 1,500 students in the first two years of delivery.

Providing graduates in other subjects with the opportunity to study and work in these areas will allow them to develop their careers, and increase the supply of skilled practitioners.

Paul Kirby is the Programme Leader for Architecture and Environmental Engineering. Announcing the new MSc Building Services Engineering Award, Paul said, “UWE Bristol is pleased to be able to offer this new course, as it provides a route into an industry which is hungry for engineering talent.

“Building Services Engineering is not a name which is widely recognised and so is a subject not often chosen by people embarking on their first degree. However once exposed to it, many find it interesting and challenging and that it offers a career with good employment prospects.

“The course will take students from the STEM areas: maths, scientific and technical subjects and introduce them to topics related to the design of engineering systems that make buildings habitable, comfortable and productive. Energy and sustainability are key themes.

“Currently UWE Bristol offers two courses from which students can go on to pursue a career in building services engineering. These are, BEng Architecture and Environmental Engineering (also a “Part 1” in architecture) and BEng Building Services Engineering. With their excellent history of employability they provide the firm foundation on which the new masters conversion course is built.”

Professor Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive, said, “Professional engineers and their skills are required throughout the economy, in a wide range of industries and in a variety of roles. It is widely accepted that it would benefit the economy to increase the supply of engineers. Engineering businesses face challenges in recruiting new engineers as new roles are created and the existing workforce retires. In addition, there is ever growing demand for those trained in data science, cybersecurity, and software engineering. By supporting innovative course developments in universities and colleges, these awards will open up careers in these areas to a wider range of graduates, benefiting both students and employers in key sectors such as manufacturing, food and agri-tech, data science, and energy.”

For the full announcement, Visit the HEFCE website

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