British Airways and University of Glamorgan Announce Engineering Partnership

 British Airways and University of Glamorgan Announce Engineering Partnership

  PR Newswire

  CARDIFF, Wales, October 1, 2012

CARDIFF, Wales, October 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Initiative brings world-leading technical training from Heathrow to South

British Airways and the University of Glamorgan have signed a landmark
agreement to combine technical training for one of the world's leading
airlines with the enhanced career prospects of a university degree. Under the
new initiative, to be accredited by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA),
engineers will graduate from Glamorgan with a BSc degree in Aircraft
Maintenance Engineering having also completed the industry-standard EASA Part
66 training, awarded under British Airways' licence. The first intake of 100
students will enter the course in October. Engineering staff at British
Airways will also have the opportunity to study academic modules from the
University at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Bill Kelly, General Manager Heavy Maintenance at British Airways, said: "We
are delighted to be forming this relationship with the University of
Glamorgan. British Airways employs over 1,400 people across three sites in
South Wales, and this partnership will ensure that we continue to produce
world-class engineers, ready to take on the challenge of maintaining our
fleet. This is an exciting time for the airline, with next-generation aircraft
such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 presenting new challenges for our
engineers. Partnering with the University of Glamorgan will allow us to
develop the skills necessary to take our business forward."

The University of Glamorgan is one of the world's few institutions to have its
own Aerospace Centre, a purpose-built £2m facility in South Wales with its own
airliner and flight simulator.

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University
of Glamorgan, said: "As the largest airline in the UK and a global player in
the aviation market, British Airways takes its relationship with education
seriously. This initiative cements their links with Glamorgan, and we hope to
develop our partnership further in the coming months. It's a win-win for
British Airways, the University, and the graduates.

"This partnership is the only one of its kind in the UK, and is a testament to
Glamorgan's reputation for excellence in the aviation industry. Glamorgan was
founded by industry, for industry, as a specialist college of engineering, and
we carry that forward today in ensuring that our aerospace students get both
the technical skills to work on some of the world's leading aircraft, and the
enhanced career prospects of a degree. The University of Glamorgan is
well-recognised for being home to first-class facilities, and for producing
graduates of an exceptional standard.  Our partnership with British Airways
is sure to give them a head start in their careers."

British Airways 

British Airways is a global airline, flying to over 150 destinations in more
than 70 countries. British Airways Engineering has a global reputation for
engineering excellence and its technical and logistical expertise supports
airline operations on every continent, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
British Airways Engineering has three subsidiaries in South Wales, employing
over 1,400 people: British Airways Maintenance Cardiff, British Airways
Avionics Engineering, and British Airways Interiors Engineering.

The University of Glamorgan

Founded by industry, for industry as a centre of engineering and management in
1913, the University of Glamorgan is a key international partner of major
public and private sector employers. Rated in the UK's top ten universities
for the lowest rate of unemployment among its graduates, 93% of Glamorgan
students are in work or further study within six months of graduating. With
23,000 students from 122 countries on campuses in Cardiff and the South Wales
valleys, the University includes two wholly-owned subsidiaries, The College at
Merthyr Tydfil and Wales's national conservatoire, the Royal Welsh College of
Music and Drama. With a strong commitment to social justice, Glamorgan opens
opportunities to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and is a leading
partner in UHOVI, the pioneering Universities' Heads of the Valleys Institute.
With 70% of its research recognised as being of international standing,
Glamorgan is one of the five members of the St David's Day Group of Wales's
leading research-active universities. It plays a key role informing the
policy debate on sustainable energy, the creative industries, public service
reform, and economic growth. The University is an international leader in the
use of ICT and simulation to deliver professional learning: facilities include
its own airliner, court room, financial trading floor, HD television studios,
computer animation renderfarm, scene of crime house, hospital simulation
suite, and police control room. 


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