On 7 October 2016, 53 eager Year 14 students set off on a behind the scenes tour of Belfast with a difference.
Civilisation Belfast is an annual event that has been hosted by Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast for the last three years. It gives young people a flavor of the many different ways civil engineers help our city to function through a series of site visits hosted by many of the civil engineering employers in Northern Ireland who were eager to inspire the civil engineering graduates of the future.
Civil engineering is broad discipline that includes environmental and structural engineering and Civilisation Belfast reflects this diversity. This year we went behind the and under the scenes at the Lagan Weir, learnt about the challenges building the new large Victoria Square shopping centre and found out how civil engineers also solve our transportation problems.
Now is a great time to get involved in Civil Engineering. Graduates who study Civil Engineering are projected to be the second most “in demand” job over the next ten years. This is reflected in our graduate employment statistics, with 95% of our 2015 MEng class entering graduate employment within six months of graduation or choosing to undertake further study. We expect this to reach 100% in 2016-17.
Therefore it is not surprising that places on Civilisation Belfast were in high demand this year. We were so overwhelmed with applications, we will be running the event again in Spring 2017, and have already accepted another 50 Year 13 students to come along and find out about Civil Engineering. If you are not one of the lucky 50, but think you would like to attend in October 2017, watch this space for details. Applications will be via your schools, and we will contact your Maths and Careers departments in September with details of how to apply.
If you would like to read what students who attended in 2015 thought of the day, click here
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