Links with Industry in Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Civil and Environmental Engineering discipline at the University of Edinburgh has strong links with industry, ensuring that our staff are not only at the forefront of their own discipline, but that they are in touch with the latest developments within the subject area.

We make extensive use of industrial contacts for industrial visits, industrial placements, and supervision of design projects in the later years.

Industrial Advisory Board

Part of the link Civil and Environmental Engineering has with industry is the Industrial Advisory Board. The board is made up of practising engineers from industry in the annual curriculum review process. The board is currently comprised of senior representatives from AECOM, Arup, Atom Consultants, Costain/ABC Electrification, David Narro Assoc., Galliford Try, Jacobs, Mouchel, Peter Brett Associates, Ramboll, Scottish Water, and Wardell Armstrong. They specifically advise and review on:

  • Strategy in both teaching and research
  • Academic content of courses
  • Strategy for recruitment of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Promotion and marketing Civil and Environmental Engineering to schools, industry, professional bodies and the wider community.

Industrial Mentoring

Our historic industrial mentoring scheme has now be relaunched in partnership with the student society CivSoc and runs in conjunction with their Academic Families scheme (which links undergraduate students across all years). The mentors are drawn from a range of organisation types, many also associated with the discipline via our active Industrial Advisory Board.

Field Trips and Site Visits

All students go on a field trip in their second year to carry out surveying exercises and reinforce the understanding gained in lectures. It also gives everyone the chance to work with and socialise with fellow classmates and academic staff.

Team-building and team-working skills are highly important in engineering, and are achieved by hard work during the day, with some well-earned relaxation later on! Students participating in the field course all agree that the week-long trip is one of the highlights of their degree programme.

Students also undertake a variety of site visits throughout their programmes. These are to live building sites and civil & environmental engineering facilities such as water treatment plants and landfill/recycling sites.

Industrial placements

Our students are encouraged to undertake industrial placements in engineering companies. In conjunction with our Careers service we assist students in finding appropriate placements and we run an Edinburgh Award to enhance and recognise key Graduate Attributes for employability.

Industrial Placements in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

QUEST Undergraduate Scholarships

If you are starting a degree in civil engineering, structural engineering with architecture or structural and fire safety engineering this autumn you may be able to apply for a Quest undergraduate scholarship.

QUEST undergraduate scholars receive:

  • £2,500 for each year of study (up to a maximum of four years)
  • Paid summer placements
  • A full-time job with a leading civil engineering or construction company when you graduate
  • Experience and knowledge that are good for your CV and your career – especially if you want to become an incorporated or chartered civil engineer

You can download the application and reference forms from the ICE website; the deadline is 4 June.

Civil Engineering Student Field Trip
Civil Engineering Student Field Trip
Student Surveying Exercise
Student Surveying Exercise
Site Visit to White Cart Flood Defence
Site Visit to White Cart Flood Defence