Bouygues UK, the
construction company building Cardiff University’s cutting-edge Innovation
Campus, has welcomed its first higher education Ambassadors on site.
Five student volunteers from diverse
backgrounds and areas of academic study at Cardiff University have been
recruited to write, blog and share social media posts about their exclusive
insights into the build on the city centre site.
Bouygues UK has worked with student
Ambassadors in partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
on projects at schools in Margam, Port Talbot and Penarth, but this is the
first time Bouygues UK is partnering with students at a higher education
establishment to help with community communication.
Three of the new student Ambassadors
have visited the site to see how Bouygues UK and Cardiff University are working
together to transform a former disused rail yard into a state-of-the-art campus
for high-tech job creation and student start-ups, and to create further
expertise in compound semi-conductors.
Nick Toulson, Bouygues UK CSR manager
for Cardiff Innovation Campus, said: “It is so encouraging that we have
students from such diverse courses as Medicine, Urban Planning and Development
and Civil Engineering.
“The student Ambassadors at the
comprehensive schools we were building were amazing at informing their friends
and peers about what was going on with the build, so we were really pleased
when Cardiff University wanted to replicate the scheme at the Innovation
Nick added: “The Ambassadors will not
only get to see how the site is developing from the inside, but they will also
gain access to Bouygues UK’s expertise in design, construction management,
health and safety and quality – all disciplines which I’m sure will help in
their future careers.”
Luke Morgan, a third-year medicine
student, is one of the Ambassador cohorts. He explained that the complexity of
the project and the abstract thinking and forward planning that is required to get
over challenges with the build is what attracted him to be an Ambassador.
“It is a very busy site where
Bouygues UK is able to bring together a diverse range of people with their own
parts to play and do the job to the standard required, which is a real feat of
Fellow Ambassador, Nuzha Nadeem, a
first-year Civil and Environment Engineering student, originally from Abu
Dhabi, said: “It’s been a very good experience. Normally in University, we get
to hear the theory, but here we get to see engineering in practice. Hands-on
experience of work on site really matters as our job is physically being here.”
CITB Construction Ambassadors
play a vital role in supporting and promoting careers in the construction
industry. For more information click here.
For more information about the
Cardiff Innovation Campus, visit: https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/innovation/campus-investment