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Leading civil engineer’s praise for Wrexham Glyndwr University staff and students

The President of the UK’s top Civil Engineering body has praised the achievements of Wrexham Glyndwr University graduates and staff at a special ceremony.

Andrew Wyllie CBE, the President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, presented awards to the University’s latest round of graduates during the event, where he also took part in a question and answer session with guests.

Awards were presented to four of the programme’s most recent graduates, all of who are currently working within civil engineering jobs in North Wales – with two, Gwynfor Roberts and Robat Williams, employed at Caernarfon-based civil engineering consultancy YGC, one, Andrew McGregor-Andrew, at water company Hafren Dyfrdwy and one, Samuel Tudor, at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water.

Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Lecturer in Built Environment, Louise Duff, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Mr Wyllie to Wrexham Glyndwr University and to hear his vision for the future of civil engineering – and the difference that the profession can make to people’s lives.

“Each of the students that he presented awards to are already making a difference to lives across the region in their work as Civil Engineers, and for them to hear from one of their industry’s leading professionals was a fantastic opportunity.

“It was also interesting to hear from the President about his hopes for his Institution to drive inclusion in the profession. Working to develop and extend inclusion is something which we as a University are also very keen on, having recently been rated the Sunday Times’ number one University in the UK for Social Inclusion for the second year running.

“Bringing people of all backgrounds into Civil Engineering – and into academia – is vital and both our institutions can and should learn from each other’s successes.”

Andrew Wyllie CBE and Louise Duff

The President’s visit also helped to mark the ongoing academic partnership forged between Wrexham Glyndwr University and the Institution of Civil Engineers, which was celebrated with a surprise award recognising Louise’s academic work.

She was presented with the ICE Wales Cymru Chair’s Special Award for her role in developing the University’s BSc Civil Engineering studies degree programme.

Institution of Civil Engineers Director for Wales, Keith Jones, said: “ I am particularly delighted with the Special Award for Louise Duff, this recognises her contribution to Civil Engineering in north Wales and how she has championed the development of this Further Learning Programme for recipients to progress from HNC to meeting the ICE Academic Standard for Incorporated Civil Engineer.

“It also recognises the work that Louise has done in working with employers across north Wales who engage in this programme.“

Professor Alec Shepley, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology, added: “We would like to express our sincere thanks to the President for networking with our students and their employers, and for promoting the ‘big conversations’ – and we would also like to thank the Chair of ICE Wales Cymru for his award recognising the dedication Louise Duff has shown to developing Civil Engineering – both in the University and across the region for the betterment of our society here in Wales.

“To echo the words of the ICE President - these are indeed great times to embark on a career in Civil Engineering, especially through courses like the one here at Glyndwr - and given the numerous possibilities there are for our students to collaborate across disciplines and explore the opportunities presented to us as humans, as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution!”

Find out more about Wrexham Glyndwr University’s BSc Civil Engineering two-year course – which allows students with a Civil Engineering HNC to top-up their qualification to a BSc – here.

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