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Masters students visit Health and Life Sciences site

Project lead Jeff Carter speaking with Masters students

As well as the benefits that the new Health and Life Sciences building will bring when completed there is the opportunity to show our construction management & engineering students an active construction site. The first session for undergraduate students gave them an introduction to the industry by assistant project manager Jack Brett and current graduate construction manager George Dear. With an introduction from project director Jeff Carter this presented a good cross section of career stages in the industry.

MSc students were given a presentation that focussed on the specific issues of project management. The session was led by Jeff Carter in which he offered insight into the project management challenges of project of this scale from initial business opportunity to completion. This was followed by a visit to the site accompanied by Jack Brett and George Dear.

We caught up with Emma Scott-Miller, a part time MSc student, and asked her why she had come on the site visit:

“I was keen to attend the site visit organised by Balfour Beatty as this presented me with several opportunities. Firstly, of course, this will be a great help in my case study assignment! But it’s also good to experience a different sector of the industry - I’m working on hotel and retail projects at the moment.

“Hearing from a tier one contractor helped my understanding of the internal processes and tools they use. So, I’m better able to develop a client report and have a better idea about the right questions to ask on behalf of a client. Lastly it was good to meet knowledgeable members of the industry from different career stages.”

These visits will continue throughout the life-cycle of the building construction with up to two hundred students being able to take advantage of these briefings and site visits. The site team are also happy to take individual enquiries and will continue to work with us to provide updates on the project.



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