Engineers look to make it a CIOB hat-trick

13 April 2017

Mark Phillipson,left, with this year's GCU finalists.

Mark Phillipson,left, with this year's GCU finalists.

GCU engineering students are looking to make it a hat-trick for the University as they head to Hong Kong for the final of the CIOB Global Student Challenge. 

GCU has won the previous two finals of the competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building, which develops leadership skills by challenging students to run their own construction company in a simulated environment using software.

The University’s team ‘Tartan Construction’ has entered the final in pole position after a preliminary six elimination rounds. The team consists of Michael Bill, Paul McAllister, Christopher Rice and Philip Tully from the BEng in Building Services Engineering programme.

GCU is one of three UK universities to make the final, the others being the University of Cambridge and Loughborough University. The remaining finalists are the University of Melbourne, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Chongqing University.

Last year, the winning team was made up of Sam Belkaid, Richard Boyle, Duncan Mcaslan from the BSc in Environmental Civil Engineering Programme, and Peter McElroy from the MSc in Building Services Engineering.

Team tutor Mark Phillipson, who will go to Hong Kong for the finals with the students, said: “I am absolutely delighted that our students continue to flourish and prove themselves against the best students globally.”

The final will run between 18 and 20 July.