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An ACE up UEL's sleeve

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An ACE up UEL's sleeve

UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering celebrated its many achievements with one of the highlights on its calendar – the ACE showcase and final year show.  Senior representatives from major companies, including global brands, viewed the displays of students’ work and talked to them about their achievements.

Over 40 organisations -- including companies, charities, and professional accreditation bodies -- registered to attend this year’s event.  It was also an opportunity for secondary school pupils to see how the School supports its students and helps transform their lives.

The Architecture course at UEL was recently placed third in London, in The Guardian’s University Guide league tables.  Speaking at the evening show, Carl Callaghan, Head of Architecture, said the School has very strong links with professional architects:

“Most of the staff have run practices of their own and we have endless emails from practitioners asking for our students. I’m regularly stopped in the street by practitioners who tell me how accomplished our students are and how thrilled they are to have our students in the office.

“The work spans a wide range of students, from first years all the way through to fifth years and post-graduates,” he added. “We also have different disciplines including interior design, product design, and architectural design technology.”

VIP visitors praised the high standard of work.  “It’s amazing to be here,” said Mark Jenkinson, Director of City Account Management Development at Siemens. “The models, sketches and photographs are very impressive.”

The designer of Crossrail, Chris Williamson, said he “learnt a lot” from seeing what students were doing.  “I think it’s important to see what concerns the students of today have and how they take in new influences. When I was at college it was all drawing boards but now the presentations are fantastic.”

Earlier in the day, pupils from local secondary schools had fun taking part in a range of educational activities.  They learnt how to build a geodome and made music using electronic building blocks.

“It’s a very special day today for the school as we celebrate the outstanding achievement of our students and the hard work of our staff who developed their talents,” said Professor Hassan Abdalla, Dean of ACE. “The students’ work reflects how their original ideas are being developed. This is part of our ethos in terms of working on real projects to deliver to the community. We give our students real experience so they can be ready on graduation for the working environment.”

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.