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Graham supports Uni of Strathclyde Engineering Academy

Graham Construction gives budding young construction students insight into building a major project as part of Strathclyde Uni's Engineering Academy

Posted by Julian Owen | October 29, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Construction students at the University of Strathclyde’s Engineering Academy have been given a tour of Strathclyde Sport, the institution’s new sport, health and wellbeing facility.

The Engineering Academy is a programme which offers an alternative route into university and employment. The first year is an enhanced HNC programme with direct transfer into second year of one of its engineering degrees. 

The Academy is a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, partner colleges and the engineering industry, designed as an innovative route into higher education.

Applicants get a taster of university life while becoming a fully enrolled student after completing one year in college. They also get access to an academic counsellor and the facility’s Virtual Learning Environment.

Entry requirements for the Academy are four Highers at Grade B which must include Maths and Physics.

Graham Construction are responsible for building the new project. The firm’s Community Benefits Manager, Debbie Rutherford, said: “We’re pleased to support this novel initiative which acts as an accessible entry point to the University of Strathclyde and future careers in the construction industry. A site tour is an excellent way for young people to see how a building project develops, gaining an insight into the many different roles which must work together delivering the final result.”

Dr Andrew McLaren, Director of the Engineering Academy, said: “Strathclyde is committed to ensuring that ability, rather than social or economic circumstances, determine participation in higher education.  The University has many Widening Access initiatives, of which the Engineering Academy is one of the most successful, having opened the door to Engineering courses for hundreds of students.”

Located on a prominent junction within the University campus, and on a major arterial route into the centre of Glasgow, the Strathclyde Sport health and wellbeing facility will include two four-court multi-use sports halls, a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, a fitness suite with more than 180 stations, two squash courts and four consultation and treatment rooms.

The investment is part of the University’s £650 million transformation of its campus, and will support health and wellbeing for the entire University community, as well as enabling students and sports clubs to train and compete at the highest levels. 

Work on the project began in November 2016, with the centre expected to open in summer 2018. 

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