Engineering and the Built Environment


The Engineering and the Built Environment Subject Network includes aircraft, automotive, civil, electrical, electronic, energy, marine and mechanical engineering, architectural technology, CAD, renewable energy and fabrication, welding and inspection.


Developing student and graduate opportunities and ensuring the University’s courses meet the changing and emerging needs of the engineering and built environment sector are at the core of the curriculum development and employer engagement activities in this subject network.  Through undertaking bespoke research, facilitating events and workshops, and by developing and embedding relationships with industry, the subject network can grow the industry-ready graduate for the 21st Century workplace.

Employer Insight Videos content

Employer Insight Videos

Employer Insight Videos

In collaboration with the university’s Educational Development Unit (EDU) and local and national employers, the Curriculum Development and Employer Engagement Team worked to develop a suite of Employer Insights videos.

The aim of these videos is to help increase student awareness of different sectors and the opportunities available, whilst building their understanding of what employers look for in terms of skills, CVs, applications, and interviews. They provide students with an idea of sector skills demand, and also include critical areas of focus for the university, such as the Gaelic sector and our graduate attributes.

Alongside the videos, some associated activities have been created – a number of tasks to get students thinking and reflecting on video content, skills, and ambitions!  Organisations featured include Highlands and Islands Airports and IBM.

View all videos in the Employer Insights Video Suite

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Oban as a University Town - Case Study content

Oban as a University Town - Case Study

Oban as a University Town - Case Study

The Oban as a University Town project was established in 2017, bringing together a range of economic development and educational partners, including the University of the Highlands and Islands, to contribute to the growth of Oban and its environs.

One of the key project development areas was identified as marine/maritime training and after an initial review of sectoral requirements carried out by Imani Enterprise Ltd, the CDEEO was tasked with undertaking a more detailed employer survey to ascertain demand for specific skills and qualifications, and local infrastructure development, to support sea-based industries in the Oban area.

The data from the employer survey was collated, analysed and presented to the OaUT Steering Committee, with the Infrastructure and Academic Offer project teams taking forward curriculum development and estate planning from a robust and up-to-date evidence base.

MSc Engineering - Case Study content

MSc Engineering - Case Study

MSc Engineering - Case Study

A new flexible MSc Engineering programme has been developed by the University, allowing those in full time employment to undertake a postgraduate qualification while fulfilling the further learning component of Chartered Engineer registration.

The programme team approached the CDEEO to conduct research into three key areas to inform the final development of the MSc programme, namely recruitment preferences on qualification level, the importance of Chartered Engineer status for company employees and the preference for specific named awards.

The research was conducted through an online survey directed to companies identified as having a legitimate interest in the development of the new programme.  The outcomes of the survey provided additional reliable data which contributed to the programme team’s completion of course content and promotional material.

Employer Testimonial content

Employer Testimonial

Employer Testimonial

"I think that developing a relationship with a named contact is beneficial.  UHI is a complex organisation operating with a dispersed management structure which is difficult to understand as an outside organisation.  Having a go-to person makes navigation round the various departments much easier.  A lot of time can be lost trying to establish the right contact and therefore having a single point of contact assists and helps provide continuity."


Staff Testimonials content

Staff Testimonials

Staff Testimonials

UHI Perth Engineering Design Week

"The CDEEO team has provided us with access to companies for activities such as visits and presentations with firms that we do not have any relationship with and would therefore be difficult to initiate. This assistance is most noticeable in activities such as our Design Weeks.

It would be difficult to initiate responses with companies that we have no relationship with and our Design Week activities would be poorer for this."

UHI Argyll Marine and Maritime provision

"UHI Argyll is heavily involved in the Oban as a University Town initiative. Substantial benefits to Oban and to Argyll will come of this project and the plans for the Maritime Industries Training Centre as part of this is one of the key opportunities for UHI Argyll. The CDEEO employer engagement survey and outputs helped confirm earlier research into maritime industry demand and has contributed to the decision making process around future plans.

Without the support of John McLuckie, as CDEEO, I would have found it very difficult to engage with as many employers as we achieved with John’s input. This would have resulted in delays to decisions that have now been taken, and specific opportunities for College growth and development in the Maritime sector would possibly have been missed."