Atkins and UCL re-lay the tracks for careers in rail

6 March 2012

Atkins’ UK rail business has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UCL to launch a new MSc in Rail Integrated Design Management. The course, which will be taught by Atkins and accredited by UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, will further equip design leaders and technical managers with the skills to manage large multidisciplinary engineering design projects and to work effectively with their stakeholders.

The MoU was signed by UCL Vice Provost Professor Michael Worton, Dean of UCL Engineering Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Atkins’ UK managing director David Tonkin, and Mark Cowlard, managing director of Atkins’ rail solutions business.

The programme was developed by Atkins’ Engineering Management Development Programme (EMDP) team to address the industry’s demand for truly integrated solutions, in terms of both internal design delivery and overall infrastructure integrity. Students will gain the advanced skills required to integrate complex and high-risk multi-functional designs, working to eliminate stretched resources, programme re-working and poor client satisfaction.

With the pace of change within our sector it is essential that we respond and adapt to continue to provide the services our customers want from us. This collaboration with UCL is critical in supporting this. I believe we are together leading the industry in investing in our engineers to give confidence to our customers that we can deliver integrated and assured design in the multifunctional world in which we all now work.” – Atkins’ Mark Cowlard

In its initial year, the course will be open to applications from Atkins’ UK staff, with teaching expected to begin in September 2012. In 2013 Atkins hopes to open up applications to its international staff and the wider rail industry. Upon completion of the course, students will gain an industry-recognised qualification for their focused knowledge of and skills in effectively managing multidisciplinary engineering design.

UCL Engineering is very excited about our partnership with Atkins. We share a commitment to engineering excellence and in particular a commitment to addressing the complexities of the development of complex engineering infrastructure through research, education and knowledge transfer. We expect that this programme will develop engineering leaders with the skills and knowledge to deliver engineering innovation in a complex industry context.” – Prof Anthony Finkelstein

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