Building innovation centre to double postgrad intake

The courses will cover areas such as data science and civil engineering. Picture: PA Wire
The courses will cover areas such as data science and civil engineering. Picture: PA Wire
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The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is set to support 30 postgraduate students in the forthcoming academic year – double last year’s figure.

Working with the Scottish Funding Council, CSIC will part-fund their course fees as the students enrol in courses – covering subjects including civil engineering, data science and international human resources – at 13 universities.

The post-graduates, will also collaborate with the construction sector during their studies, with the final three months of their year-long course devoted to a research project, either working on a challenge set by a participating firm or on wider industry challenges linked to carbon emissions, future cities and the digitisation of construction.

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Launched in October 2014, the CSIC brings together industry, academia and the public sector in a bid to drive innovation across the industry. It is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and 13 university partners.

Bruce Newlands, CSIC head of technical operations and postgraduate programme co-ordinator, said: “Skills shortages across the construction industry are a pressing problem. This programme is one of the ways that CSIC aims to bring fresh talent into the Scottish construction industry from a broad range of disciplines.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone – the students will benefit from part-payment of their studies, industry engagement, access to CSIC facilities and networks. In turn they will help our industry with new perspectives, cutting-edge technology and research support over the three-month period where they will focus on industry challenges. We’re very excited about working with all 30 students throughout this academic year.”

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