Professional accreditation represents a major step forward for this recently established programme and has been achieved at the earliest opportunity. This recognition by the chemical engineers professional body, the IChemE, is a mark of the high quality of the course at Lancaster University and a recognised indicator of the employability of our graduates for potential employers in the engineering sector.
The assessors highlighted our many interactions with industry and particularly commended our short industrial projects during which groups of 3 or 4 students work closely with companies on short, real, consultancy style projects specified by the collaborating companies.
"Students gain relevant real-world work experience" says Professor Alastair Martin, Director of Studies for Chemical Engineering. "They are able to develop their appreciation of the non-academic constraints that can bare upon the solution to a real engineering problem as well as enjoying the thrill of their results making a difference outside the academic world."
Since its establishment in October 2012 Chemical Engineering at Lancaster University has grown strongly and in October 2016 will welcome 28 students from the UK and across the world. Still small relative to its competitors it is able to offer a more individual approach to student support and the study of chemical engineering.
"I am delighted at the successful IChemE accreditation" says Professor Claudio Paoloni, Head of Engineering. "It is recognition of the great expertise and commitment of staff, to create a Chemical Engineering programme of the highest academic standard. The IChemE accreditation, the IMechE and the IET accreditations, reinforces our teaching portfolio which offers our students the highest qualification which are internationally recognised."