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Top University Student 2003

Top 'Plant Management' Student Award (4/12/2003)

The Construction Engineering Management programme has been developed jointly by Loughborough University and eleven major contractors to meet the needs of tomorrow's construction managers. These major companies have shown their commitment by sponsoring both the programme and the course students and include Taylor Woodrow, Skanska, Norwest Holst, Laing, Kier Group, HBG, Costain, Carrilion, Bovis Lend Lease and AMEC.

This is a four-year course that includes two six-month industrial training periods with sponsoring firms. The course provides a sound educational foundation for future managers of projects and companies, providing them with knowledge and skills in management, engineering, commerce and technology relevant to the contemporary construction industry. Professionally, graduates will be expected to become Chartered Builders - full Members of the Chartered Institute of Building, the professional body for building managers.

As part of the three year course, students are expected to attend and pass a plant management module headed by Dr David J. Edwards. The module covers topics such as health and safety, risk assessment, finance, equipment purchasing, maintenance and operator training and consists of a 25% weighting for coursework and 75% weighting for the exam.

This year, Mr Alex Hillman at Finning (UK) Ltd has very kindly offered to sponsor the top three students in this module by awarding them a prestigious prize ‘Top Plant Management Student 2003’ which entails an all expenses paid trip to Malaga to see Caterpillar’s first class European plant and equipment demonstration grounds.

Competition was tough and this year’s standards were very high but the three winners are: in first place Mr Richard Carmichael from Liverpool, aged 20 and sponsored by Bovis Lend Lease, in second place Mr Stephen Ford from Doncaster, aged 21 and sponsored by Skanska UK Building and in third place, Miss Gemma Potts from Stafford, aged 22 and sponsored by Bovis Lend Lease. On behalf of Loughborough University, Dr Edwards takes this opportunity to congratulate the three prize winners for exemplary work and thank Mr Alex Hillman, Finning (UK) Ltd for the invaluable sponsorship of this prestigious prize.