ENGINEERING students at Glyndr University are set to graduate with an extra seal of approval on their degrees.
All undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes offered by the university, based in Wrexham, are now fully accredited by at least one of the industry’s three major professional bodies.
The accreditations, from either the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Royal Aeronautical Society or the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), were confirmed in a ceremony at the university last Wednesday.
Professor Graeme Wilkinson, pro vice chancellor of Glyndr University, said accreditation of courses was the ultimate accolade, giving students a direct stepping stone to becoming incorporated or chartered engineers. This would provide graduates entering the job market with a cutting edge.
“To gain full accreditation for all of our engineering programmes is a landmark occasion for the University, in what has been a landmark year for us,” said Prof Wilkinson.
“We became a university in July last year but as an institution we have a history of working with industry and a commitment to engineering which goes back 120 years, from our links with the old mining and steel industries through to the present day links with the aeronautical and automotive industries and major companies such as Airbus.
“As some other universities have been closing down or reducing the number of science and technology programmes which they offer, we’ve been expanding ours. Glyndwr University now has one of the strongest science and technology bases in the country.
“We can be proud of this history and tradition. Gaining accreditation from one, let alone three, professional bodies is a real achievement and demonstrates that we’re operating at the top level with our courses.”
Speaking to students at the accreditation event, Mary Jane Halstead, regional development manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), said: “Gaining accreditation takes an awful lot of hard work and it’s a wonderful achievement.
“To show a prospective employer that you’ve graduated from an accredited course is bound to increase your employability.”
A full list of engineering programmes offered by Glyndr University is available at www. glyndwr.ac.uk, with places still available for courses starting in 2009. Alternatively, call the student information desk on 01978 293439 for more details.