Science and engineering graduates make University history!

Posted on 31st October 2017

Science and Engineering students from the University of Chester have made history as they joined their colleagues from Computer Science and Mathematics to graduate from the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering during a ceremony at Chester Cathedral today (Tuesday October 31).

Pictured just after their graduation ceremony, are some of the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s first full cohort of degree graduates, and their lecturers.
Pictured just after their graduation ceremony, are some of the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s first full cohort of degree graduates, and their lecturers.

The 131 graduands were the first to join the Faculty when it started life just over three years ago at Thornton Science Park. Formerly the site of the Shell Research and Technology Centre, Thornton is now home to the first new Faculty of Science and Engineering to be established in the UK in more than two decades, which brought together academics from all over the world to teach its students.

The University’s existing Mathematics department and Computer Science departments joined the new Faculty, which now also consists of four new academic departments:

Chemical Engineering, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Natural Sciences. Support is delivered by experts in key sectors, which include cybersecurity, virtual environments, computer gaming, mathematics, energy, automotive, advanced manufacturing, engineering, science and environmental.

The Faculty prides itself on its support and emphasis on industrial placements, to encourage its students into graduate employment as quickly as possible. Close links have been established with companies on site at Thornton Science Park, which is home to more than 40 innovative businesses. That partnership is already bearing fruit, with a number of the first cohort of graduates remaining at Thornton to work with local businesses, including Jordan Jones who, within weeks of completing his studies, started work as a Graduate Process Co-ordinator and Site Engineer for PowerHouse Energy Group plc, a leading waste-to-energy company who are newly established tenants in Thornton’s Energy Centre.

Garfield Southall, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “Today has been a very special day for our graduands, the University and the staff of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The Faculty is still very much in its infancy, and yet so much has been achieved in three short years. Each graduation is special, but to see all 131 of the Faculty’s first full cohort of undergraduate students graduating at the Cathedral was an especially proud occasion.”

Professor Nick Avis, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Transfer at the University of Chester, and Provost of the University’s Thornton Science Park, added:

“Thornton Science Park (TSP) is emerging as a potent model for enabling effective collaboration between industry and academia. Our first Engineering graduates are part of this success story and they are now a unique piece of University of Chester history. All 131 graduates at the graduation ceremony today have had the opportunity to undertake work placements and they are now embarking on the next stage of their careers. I wish each and every one of them great success for the future and hope they keep in touch and come back to visit us at TSP in the future.”