New postgraduate degrees at Cranfield help close the skills gap for environmental specialists

Posted: Monday 21st March 2011

Cranfield University currently supplies 25% of the UK’s agricultural and environmental postgraduates, and is set to increase its commitment to filling the demand for qualified specialists with the addition of two new Masters programmes.

The MSc Environmental Engineering and MSc Environmental Risk Management have been designed to meet the needs of businesses and organisations who wish to assess and manage environmental risk, and reach the forefront of technological advancement in the environmental arena. Courses draw on the University’s world-leading expertise in environmental subjects with teaching through Centre’s of Excellence such as the Risk Centre, supported by Defra.

It is expected the courses will make important contributions to filling the skills gap identified in reports published by the Environment Research Funders' Forum in October 2010, and the CBI. The reports identify that the UK could run short of people able to tackle some of the urgent environmental challenges facing the country over the next 10 years. Failure to train and recruit staff with these specialist skills may also result in the UK failing to take advantage of the opportunity to become world-leaders in the environment sector.

Professor Simon Pollard, Dean of the Faculty of Environment, Science and Manufacturing, said, “Working closely with a range of organisations in the environment sector puts Cranfield in the unique position of being able to rapidly identify and respond to skills shortages in industry. These courses have been designed in consultation with partners to ensure we are able to develop the right people with the right skills to respond to these needs, and contribute towards building a more productive economy, and healthy and sustainable society.”

Courses enhance and complement the existing range of environmental masters’ programmes offered by the University.

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