Student engineers given the chance to speak out

02 March 2017

Dr Andrew Cowell with previous winners of IMechE awards.

Dr Andrew Cowell with previous winners of IMechE awards.

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) will host a competition to encourage young engineers to find their voice.

The Speak Out for Engineering (SOFE) competition is organised annually by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the professional body which accredits a number of GCU programmes.

The competition, which a number of GCU students from the School of Engineering and Built Environment have applied to be involved in, provides young engineers with an opportunity to demonstrate and develop their verbal and visual presentation skills and competence in public speaking.

Competitors must give an oral presentation on a subject relating to mechanical engineering, with 90% of the total marks being awarded for presentation skills and 10% for technical content.

GCU will host the Glasgow and West Scotland heat of the competition on March 13, with Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie on a judging panel of professionals selected by IMechE. GCU’s Dr Andrew Cowell will also be on the panel.

The winner and runner-up from each heat will be awarded a place in the final, to be held in Edinburgh on Saturday, March 25. The winner of the final will be presented with the Philip Hilton Trophy and a cash prize.

Dr Cowell, Programme Lead for Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering, said: “I have been attending this event for many years and the standard is always very high. Speaking to previous competitors, it is clear this has been very useful in developing their confidence in public speaking.”