A joint collaboration between Siemens and the University of Lincoln has led to the official opening of an engineering school set to help bridge the skills gap and develop the next generation of engineers.
The first purpose built engineering school in the UK for twenty years, the Lincoln Engineering Hub aims to be a centre for teaching, R&D and enterprise. Since opening its doors to students in September 2010, the school has almost tripled its intake to 84 students this year, and is already developing its reputation as a centre for leading-edge turbine research and development.
The Hub houses Siemens’ gas turbine training centre, research and development facilities, including the atmospheric combustion rig donated by Siemens, teaching and training rooms, a large lecture theatre and social areas for staff and students.
Co-location of Siemens’ training centre to the Hub has enabled students to benefit from real-life, practical experience working with Siemens’ experts and gas turbines, alongside academic courses. The collaborative nature of the school means that graduates are “industry-ready”, and able to contribute immediately when they enter the workplace.
“Siemens helped to design the curriculum for our students and students working in Siemens during their summer break have already provided support to some of the challenges the company faces,” says vice chancellor Professor Mary Stuart.
“The school has also established links with a wide range of other engineering companies, small and medium sized enterprises across Lincolnshire, nationally and internationally to provide support for this important industry both for the county and city and for the wider economy.”
Princess Anne is patron of Women into Science, Engineering and Construction (WISE), which helps inspire young women to take up STEM careers, and she came to officially open the Hub.
During her tour of the university she visited the turbine room where she saw the turbines in use and was shown by students and staff how they can be tested and dismantled. She was then escorted to the Laser Laboratory where staff explained what the laser machine is capable of and its healthcare applications, and demonstrated it in use.