Scott Sutherland students learning enhanced by on-site visits

Students across a range of courses at the Scott Sutherland School have taken part in on-site visits to Culter House near Milltimber, and the university’s Masterplan construction site at Garthdee, in order to give them first-hand experience of the challenges faced in industry.

Culter House Scott Sutherland SchoolOn 1 November, over 25 Building Surveying students from second to fourth-year visited Culter House, a mansion originally built in the 1600s currently undergoing a refurbishment by Inspired Design & Development Ltd, based in Stonehaven, who recently employed a graduate from the School.

Students visited the listed building to see the effects of decay and the challenges involved in renovating such a residence.

Senior Lecturer Gerry Buda, who facilitated the visit, explains:

“The students all undertake a Built Heritage Conservation module and site visits to historic buildings give them the opportunity to complement their classroom learning by seeing real buildings undergoing work.

Historic Scotland and other building preservation organisations give strict guidelines on what can be altered. By visiting the site with Inspired Design, the students can see how the company is effectively managing the project and adapting their construction processes.”

In the same week, over 130 first-year students from the surveying, architecture and architectural technology courses attended a lecture by Miller Construction on the university’s Masterplan new-build and then visited the site.

David Williams, Senior Site Engineer for Miller and an RGU graduate, led the presentation on the development and then took the students on-site in groups to view the progress so far.

Alan Watson, Lecturer at the School, comments:

“The visit gave our new students an excellent opportunity to gain an awareness of design and construction responsibilities as well as giving insight to the roles of professionals in industry on a day-to-day basis.

“Experiences such as on-site visits help to enhance students’ employability by giving them an understanding of how projects are undertaken as well as the technological and management systems in place.

“We are very grateful to Miller Construction for facilitating this visit which was well received by our students who were excited by the scale and complexity of the design. The ongoing partnership with the firm helps support the learning and teaching across all Built Environment and Architecture courses at the School.”

The university and Miller Construction have organised a series of collaborative events for 2012 including site visits, guest lectures and a postgraduate prize for the best MSc Construction Project Management student.