4th July 2000





Lincolnshire's university is teaming up with the RAF to enhance the training of the engineers who keep the nation's air force flying.


Officials from the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside and RAF College Cranwell will meet on Friday (7th July 2000) to sign an agreement which will allow RAF engineers to study a unique work-based learning package with the university.


The newly validated BSc Hons in Engineering Management will be studied annually by up to 40 newly commissioned RAF engineer officers who undertake a year's officer training at RAF College Cranwell, near Sleaford.


But the scheme is also being offered to the hundreds of qualified RAF engineers up and down the country who will get the chance to upgrade their Engineering HND/HNC (Higher National Diploma/Certificate) to an honours degree.


"The university is not taking over the training from the RAF, but we are providing a framework within which RAF students can earn a degree," said Steve Ayres, a senior lecturer in engineering at the university, who has masterminded the scheme.


"The students who decide to take up this unique option will study additional materials and work-based learning units supplied by the university and will also come onto the Lincoln campus for some guidance sessions, seminars and assessments."


The new degree was validated last month and students can enrol immediately. A ceremony will be staged at RAF College Cranwell at 10.30am on Friday, where Prof Keith Bardon, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, and Air Vice-Marshal T W Rimmer, Air Officer and Commandant Royal Air Force College Cranwell, will jointly sign a memorandum of co-operation.


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Group Captain Neil Gammon, Director of Specialist Ground Training at RAF College Cranwell, commented: “I am delighted with, and wholeheartedly endorse, the prospect

of a partnership between the University of Lincoln and RAF College Cranwell in this the millennium year.


“The partnership will provide a well deserved means of recognising the training

currently given to Royal Air Force engineer officers and will enable those

already qualified to HNC or HND level to acquire a BSc(Hons) in Engineering Management. 


“I can foresee that many of our officers will respond positively to the opportunity afforded by the university.”


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Photographs of the event can be obtained from the press office at RAF Cranwell on 01400 261201. For a photographer's pass contact the Director, Department of Specialist Ground Training, RAF College Cranwell on 01400 261201 ext 6509.


For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)