The School of Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has become an official academic partner with the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).
Development Manager of SOE, Roger O’Loughlin presented Robert Wallace, Head of the School of Engineering with a plaque that endorses the partnership.
Roger said: “The Corporate Partner Scheme was set up to help organisations achieve their goals in education, training, professional standards, safety, and best practice. I’m excited about working with the University of Central Lancashire to do this.”
The Corporate Partnership is the first step towards the School’s aim of having all of the University’s Engineering courses accredited with the SOE, which will complement the current provision of accredited bodies such as The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMEche) and the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Currently, students studying a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering have to develop a professional portfolio and seek accreditation for themselves.
Senior Lecturer, Nathalie Renevier explains: “From experience only 20 percent of the students would seek for IEng accreditation after completion of the degree. In developing a clear accreditation pathway for all the students, this will increase ratio of students joining professional bodies, with the aim to have all graduates members accredited with professional bodies. We hope that UCLan will be seen not only as a University delivering degrees but a University delivering degrees sought after by the industry.”
After the presentation, Roger was given a tour of the University’s current Engineering facilities on the Preston Campus which are set to become even more impressive with plans for the new, state-of-the-art Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) already underway. Additional investments are being made in specialist staff and equipment ready for the full opening of the new facility due in January 2018.