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University of Bristol becomes an ICE academic partner

15 February 2024

Civil engineering students and staff will benefit from the new partnership aimed at supporting their professional development.

University of Bristol becomes an ICE academic partner
Professor Tansy Jessop, pro vice-chancellor for education and students at the University of Bristol, and ICE President Professor Anusha Shah signing the charter agreement.

The University of Bristol has signed an agreement to become the ICE's latest academic partner.

The ICE Academic Partnerships scheme provides tailored professional development opportunities for students at universities with accredited civil engineering courses.

The arrangement enhances students’ employability and prepares them for life as professionally qualified civil engineers.

The scheme also supports academic staff by offering lifelong learning resources for their continuing professional development (CPD), as well as access to research funds, teaching materials and industry expertise.

Career head start

ICE President Professor Anusha Shah joined Professor Tansy Jessop, University of Bristol pro vice-chancellor for education and students, on a visit to Bristol to sign the academic partner charter agreement.

Professor Shah said: “The ICE is looking forward to working closely with the University of Bristol to help civil engineering students begin their journey to professional qualification and give them a head start on their career path.

“By helping to create a culture of early professionalism among civil engineering students, we are sowing the seeds to ensure we have the future talent to meet the challenges of building a more nature- and people-positive world.”

Through the academic partnership programme, the ICE helps students develop their professional portfolios through a raft of enrichment opportunities.

They may also benefit from valuable careers connections and an industry buddy scheme, giving them access to the ICE’s network of 95,000 members across the UK and beyond.

By the time they graduate from an accredited course, students will have met the educational base needed for Incorporated or Chartered Engineer.

This is a key step to becoming professionally qualified members of the ICE, and highly beneficial for their career development.

Fresh opportunities for university staff

Professor Tansy Jessop believes the academic partnership with the ICE will set the University of Bristol’s civil engineering students one step further on the road to professional life.

She added: “For academic staff, the partnership brings fresh opportunities to engage in professional development led by the institution.

“We are looking forward to a productive relationship of mutual learning about the latest trends and ideas in civil engineering.”

There are now 28 universities and colleges across the UK in the ICE Academic Partnerships programme.

Find out more

  • Lidia Pearce, communications lead at ICE South West