University of Lincoln
‘Industry ready’ through partnership
“The success of this scheme can be measured in two ways – every undergraduate on these degrees secured a work placement for the summer vacation, and the majority of them worked in roles that are normally reserved for final year students or new graduates.”
Andrew Stevenson, Director of Research and Enterprise, University of Lincoln
Siemens have co-located with Lincoln’s engineering department creating the UK’s first purpose built engineering school for more than 20 years. Opened in 2009, it provides specialist courses designed to meet the future needs of engineering enterprise and innovation.
By giving students a fantastic environment in which to study, up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills training, and insight from industry collaborators, University of Lincoln Engineering graduates have a head start in their engineering careers.
Recognising the importance of engineers to the future of the economy, Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery Limited and the University formed a collaboration to produce graduates who were not only academically excellent, but ‘industry ready’. Siemens has made a multi-million pound commitment to the school and engages in teaching students and provides scholarships, internships and consultancy projects.
The Siemens technology needs are reflected in Lincoln’s engineering undergraduate programmes and the partners have co-designed an MSc in Energy Renewables and Power. Part-time provision has also been developed, in partnership, meaning that members of Siemens staff now study part-time alongside full-time undergraduates. Upon graduation, students who have performed well academically and demonstrated the ability to apply this in the workplace, are offered graduate entry jobs at Siemens. To enhance this, the Siemens’ product training team provide 300 hours a year of training in Siemens product technology to students, offering real experience of engineering products and an introduction to Siemens’ production and field engineering services.
Whether learning theory or in practical sessions students use facilities that are fully equipped and designed for industrial engagement, and are taught by both academics and engineers currently working in industry. As described by Andrew Stevenson, this partnership approach is seeing great results already.
To find out more, visit www.lincoln.ac.uk