School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing

YORhub Contractors Support Built Environment Student with Dissertation Projects

Seventeen of the region’s main contractors, including four SMEs, working under the YORhub group of frameworks attended a session where they discussed their personal and industry experiences of digital technologies with a view to supporting final year students with their dissertation projects.

A dissertation questionnaire

This session was brought together by the School’s thinkBIM network, a knowledge exchange group promoting the uptake and development of digital technologies and digital skills in the construction industry, and supported by YORhub, a management hub for several of the region’s key construction procurement frameworks.

Five students were able to conduct semi-structured interviews and provide questionnaires to inform their research topic areas. The students were from the school’s Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering and Project Management programmes. The School plans to share the dissertation outcomes, including feedback from YORhub during thinkBIM’s Autumn conference on Wednesday 2 October 2019 (thinkBIM blog for details This is the first of what the school hopes to be many more informal industry partnerships that can be used to strengthen the industry-academia output to inform good practice.

Steve Baker, Joint Chair of Operations for YORhub was delighted to support the event. Steve commented that this was a fine example of industry/ academia collaboration and he is looking forward to future engagement with the University. Steve added that the promotion and development of employment and skills lies at the heart of the YORhub frameworks and this event was a great forum for learning and skills transfer. Steve would like to express his thanks to the YORbuild2 Contractors who supported the students.

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