Two new courses based aimed at boosting environmental technologies in building have been launched at both London South bank and Kingston Universities.
Both the MSc and BSc, entitled The Application of Environmental Technologies within Building Services Engineering, were the result of an industry advisory group which included SummitSkills, HVCA, ECA, CIBSE and BSRIA as well as well as major contractors who commission building services engineering companies.
The MSc unit can be utilised towards a full MSc award, or act as stand-along development training of those already in the sector. Delivery of the training can take place over eight days in consecutive weeks or over 12 weeks of shorter weekly sessions. Attendance at either LSBU or Kingston is supplemented with blended learning that includes electronic access to materials and tutorial support. As part of the final assessment participants are expected to produce a report that will demonstrate their ability to apply the learning in a genuine working situation.
Development of this work was made possible with funding support from South London Lifelong Learning Partnership (SL LLN) and co-ordinated by the specialised agency Moving Ambition.
Speakers at the launch event included its immediate past president and past President of CIBSE and director of Gratte Brothers, Graham Manly. He highlighted both an economic and an environmental case for extending opportunities for the greater installation and management of micro generation systems across a much broad spread of the built environment, and said that this was overwhelming. He added that informed responses to this agenda for continuously evolving change offered an opportunity for building services engineers to receive recognition for their necessary professional status. He welcomed the steps stimulated by the SL LLN and added that the challenge was now one of keeping learning materials consistently fresh and relevant in responding to ongoing technical advances.
The final speaker was Neil Latham, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Kingston University who has recently become chair of the partnership between LSBU, Kingston and City Universities, responsible for the running of the CEREB renewable technologies centre, hosted at LSBU. He emphasised the importance of collaboration in ensuring that new developments inform all higher level skills uptakes and the growing value of inter-organisational co-operation in all levels of education.
The new programmes will begin soon after the summer break at a price of between £850-950 per student.