Glasgow Caledonian University Engineering Council Degree Accreditation

The IFE is delighted to announce the accreditation of the course BEng (Hons) Fire Risk Engineering part time (London campus) and part time and full time (Glasgow campus), which has been approved for Engineering Council degree accreditation for IEng standard route and partial fulfilment of CEng standard route.

An accreditation panel of the IFE visited the University’s Glasgow campus in December 2015 and the University’s London campus in April 2016, the reports of which have now been approved by the IFE’s Academic Accreditation Panel, which reports directly to the IFE’s Registrant Group Membership Committee.

The Fire Risk Engineering degree programme at Glasgow Caledonian University is tried and tested, having been originally developed following widespread consultation with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Fire Engineering and Building Standards professionals.

This originally led to the award of a BSc (Hons) degree. Following extensive discussions with interested professionals, including the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and London Fire Brigade, and recommendations from external examiners, it was developed into a BEng (Hons) programme for the award from 2016. This involved little modification of the existing BSc (Hons) programme.

The programme is now delivered full time and part time at their city centre campus in Glasgow and part time at their London campus in Spitalfields.

It is a leading fire engineering programme in the UK focusing on the management of fire risk as a combination of social and technological decision making applied to the development and evaluation of appropriate building design solutions and operational policies.

Glasgow GCU staff

The fire engineering team from left to right; Jill Sutcliffe, Kristen Salzer-Frost, Duncan McCormick, Tony Kilpatrick, Dr Iain Sanderson and Audrey Meikle

The programme reflects the fact that in today’s market place, graduates are required to have a suitable mix of knowledge and information technology skills to be competent in the discipline and to have a wider understanding of the social, design and regulatory concept to be effective in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s alumni are employed as regulators by UK and New Zealand Fire and Rescue Services and Scottish Local Authority Building Standards Surveyors (Building Control); and, by consultants working in the built environment; oil industry and the insurance industry throughout the world including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the USA, India, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The IFE Engineering Council accreditation period commenced from the October 2015 cohort.

Lisa Cooper, IFE Head of Membership and Registration says “the IFE is pleased to be working with Glasgow Caledonian University and look forward to a successful partnership”.

Dr Peter Wilkinson BEng (Hons) MSc EngD CEng FIFireE said “this marks the re-introduction of the degree accreditation process, an important element of our Engineering Council licence. We look forward to expanding this to other Higher Education Institutions in our specialist area”.

For more information regarding IEng registration with the IFE, including past alumni of the BSc course, please see: www.ife.org.uk/Join/IncorporatedEngineer.

This course is also IFE recognised for academic exemption for Member (MIFireE) grade.

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