University Centre Wigan
& Leigh College is one of the first further education colleges
that provides higher education in the country to have been accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET).
The IET is one of the
largest multidisciplinary professional engineering institutions in the world.
The Top-up degrees
including BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the BEng (Hons)
Mechanical and Manufacturing were the focus for IET assessors.
They spent two days at the
University Centre meeting students, employers and staff, examining programme
content and assessing the quality of delivery.
IET on behalf of the Engineering Council concluded that the above courses fully
met the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and
partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered
On completion of their
BEng (Hons) degrees, graduates would be advantageously positioned to apply for
a professional registration as an
Incorporated Engineer (IEng) due to them already meeting a large portion of the
requirements through their degree course.
This accreditation also supports
students who are aiming towards Chartered Engineer status (which is the highest level of
competency, allowing engineers to work worldwide on the biggest projects) as it additionally accredits some aspects of that
Dr Janet Thompson, Head of Higher Education at the University Centre, said: “The accreditation is recognised by employers worldwide.
“Our students will benefit
in terms of employability, as the accreditation ensures that degree programmes
are responsive to industry needs.
“It is also evidence that
students have the appropriate skills and knowledge base, not only for careers
in engineering, but for registration as incorporated or chartered engineers.”
Graduate David James, was working for Northern Rail during his time at the University Centre Wigan & Leigh College with an aim to work his way up to a more senior level.
The former RAF Aircraft Technician achieved a first
class classification in BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering and
highlighted the value of the course.
“I was delighted with my results. The course was excellent and extremely well run. It was a steep learning curve but the staff and in particular Dr Derek Green, was an excellent tutor and provided me with extra support.”
As a result, David has now started his new job as a Fleet
Support Engineer with Hitachi Rail adding a
significant enhancement to his employment package.
The University Centre holds this prestigious status until 2023 based upon its Top-up degree offered on a part time basis.