A LEADING engineer told city students how their skills could one day change Government policy.
Paul Davis, head of policy at the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), visited the University of Sunderland to speak with staff and students.
At the event, which was attended by more than 120 people, Mr Davis focused on how the work of an engineer can influence public policy decisions in areas such as the green agenda, energy, flooding control and the automotive industry.
The IET is the largest engineering institution in the world, representing engineers in matters of public concern and providing advice and assistance to governments.
Mr Davis said: “The early input of engineering expertise into the policy-making process will lead to better, more effective solutions to the major issues facing the UK. Gone are the days when an employer was prepared to train a fresh graduate over several months. They now look for engineers who have both the academic knowledge and practical experience to make an immediate contribution to the company.”
Last year, the university’s engineering programmes were accredited by the IET, which accredits degree courses worldwide in subjects relevant to electrical, electronic, manufacturing and information engineering.
The visit was organised as part of the Sunderland Futures initiative, which offers students a range of opportunities to help them build a portfolio of activity and achievement throughout their time at university, designed to enhance their CV and add to their qualifications.