Attracting the best and brightest
Professor David Nethercot & Dr David Lloyd Smith – Report Summary
In 1999 the Trustees of the Ove Arup Foundation published a report highlighting the serious decline in applications from bright young people to study engineering, and especially built-environment courses. A particularly serious skill-shortage lies within the building services specialities.
Read about the original report, ‘Interdisciplinary Skills For Built Environment Professionals’, and download it from the link (left).
Now, a further report, also commissioned by the Trustees from Prof David Nethercot and Dr David Lloyd Smith of Imperial College, London, draws together several strains of thought, informed by insights from the 1999 report. It examines how a course could be constructed that: encourages greater interdisciplinarity; further develops creative thinking; and can be accredited together by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.
Copies of both the original and the follow-up reports, as well as a supplementary document, can be downloaded from below.
Attracting the best and brightest (432KB pdf)
‘Teaching creative design’ and ‘Attracting the best and brightest’ (3.7MB pdf) – a joint presentation by Imperial College and the Ove Arup Foundation.