Heriot-Watt’s Institute of Infrastructure and Environment, in the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) has joined forces with Scottish Water, Glasgow Clyde College and the Open University to offer water professionals a pathway to professional educational and technical development. The pathway will assist in realising Scotland’s potential as an international leader in the industry.
For the first time, professionals working in the water industry will be able to realise their potential career aspirations with qualifications from further education to Honours and Master Degree level, whether they work in customer services or as a laboratory technician.
This new partnership will also help achieve the Scottish Government’s ambition of becoming the first Hydro Nation committed to maximising the economic, health, social wellbeing and environmental benefits of Scotland’s water.
Open to people working in the water industry across the UK, the pathway will include students from across the following courses:
• Glasgow Clyde College: Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Water Operations which offers something for anyone working in the water industry, providing a mix of higher-level vocational competencies, technical job knowledge and supervisory skills.
• The Open University (OU): which gives credit for the HNC in Water Operations into the Bachelor of Arts/ Science (BA/BSc) Open Honours degree. They have worked with Heriot-Watt University to identify pathways through the degree that are of particular relevance to the industry and ideal preparation for the Master of Science (MSc) in Water and Environmental Management.
• Heriot-Watt University: Master of Science (MSc) in Water and Environmental Management is delivered by experts in the field of water and environmental management, covering a wide range of relevant disciplines including: environmental hydrology and water conservation.
Paul Campbell, Organisational Learning & Development Lead, Scottish Water said, “At Scottish Water, we believe in finding the leaders and technical specialists of tomorrow. This partnership not only supports our Talent Strategy but also provides a great opportunity for all those working or aspiring to work in the water industry. The provision of multiple entry points also ensures that as diverse a range of people as possible will find a very accessible pathway into the course that is right for them.”
Garry Pender, Head of EGIS said, “I am delighted that Heriot-Watt University's Institute of Infrastructure and Environment is a member of this partnership. The Institute is committed to the provision of educational pathways from further education, through higher education to Masters level. We believe that our MSc in Water and Environmental Management will form an important component in this pathway.”