Civil and structural engineering courses at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have recently been awarded with national accreditation and formal recognition from leading assessment bodies throughout the UK.

Following rigorous assessments of UCLan’s teaching facilities and its training methods, over the past 3 years, top engineering courses are now fully accredited. These are the  BEng Civil Engineering Honours degree course and the Masters degree course in Construction Project Management. With formal accreditation from the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), UCLan students can now graduate with enhanced nationally recognized qualifications. In addition, this is backed by leading engineering bodies including the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Structural Engineers, Institute of Highway Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (on behalf of the Engineering Council UK).

The £35m investment in UCLan’s new Engineering Innovation Centre at the Preston campus has provided a space for state-of-the-art learning and high quality, industry standard training facilities for engineering students at the University. The new accreditation reflects the work put in by both the staff and students during the past 3 years, and this will also open upon additional opportunities for students to undertake more on the job training, through part-time study and degree apprenticeships.

Principal Lecturer at UCLan’s School of Engineering, Dr Paul Watson, 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. 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.

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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