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New academic partnership forged to boost civil engineering across North Wales

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A new academic partnership has been forged between Wrexham Glyndŵr University and the Institution of Civil Engineers, the UK’s leading civil engineering professional body.

The partnership – between the university and the Institution of Civil Engineers – was confirmed during a visit to the university by Professor Lord Robert Mair, the Institution’s President.

Professor Claire Taylor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Wrexham Glyndŵr University, joined Professor Lord Mair to formally sign the agreement. 

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s Lecturer in Built Environment, Louise Duff, said: “As a university, we are forging a reputation as a great place for those looking to build, or extend, careers in civil engineering.

“Our courses in the subject are rated first in Wales and second in the UK for the level of teaching satisfaction* – and extending our partnerships with leading organisations such as ICE helps students and employers recognise that their studies are industry-approved.”

Institution of Civil Engineers Director for Wales, Keith Jones, said: “I’m delighted with the new Academic Partnership between ICE and Wrexham Glyndŵr University. This is recognition of the strong links not just between the university and the Institution but with the employers across north Wales.”

During his visit, Professor Lord Mair also met with the first cohort of successful students completing the university’s BSc Civil Engineering degree, and presented them with certificates marking their completion of this new and innovative. The BSc is accredited as a further learning programme which provides students with the academic base they need to progress with an Incorporated Engineer registration with the Engineering Council. 

Louise added: “Our qualifications have been designed to both fit around – and complement – the working lives of people who are already in the construction industry.

“Our students are working in the field of civil engineering now and their discussions with Professor Lord Mair demonstrated the complexity and diversity of their work – with projects ranging from Flood defence in Pwllheli to work upgrading and maintaining the A55 across Conwy county and beyond.

“We’re very grateful to Professor Lord Mair for meeting with them and presenting them with their certificates.

“It was an incredible opportunity for our students to meet a leading industry professional, and for them to be provided with an opportunity discuss their projects with him.” 



About ICE:

  • The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) was founded in 1818 to ensure professionalism in civil engineering and is celebrating 200 years of Civil Engineering this year
  • It represents 90,000 qualified and student civil engineers in the UK and across the globe and has over 3,600 members in Wales
  • ICE has long worked with the government of the day to help it to achieve its objectives, and has worked with industry to ensure that construction and civil engineering remain major contributors to the UK economy and UK exports

*  (WGU analysis of unpublished 2018 NSS data)