CSIC launches new fund for students looking to transform construction sector

CONSTRUCTION Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is calling for students with a passion for ‘innovation and disruption’ to help lead the charge for change within sector.

CSIC is launching its Built Environment Innovation MSc Fund 2020-21 and wants prospective students interested in tackling climate change to lead on technical advancements in construction and help transform the way the sector operates.

There are up to 20 places, each with £6,530 funding available, to help support suitable candidates. In order to apply, CSIC is asking that students have an interest in bringing a creative thinking solution to the built environment sector and that they can support and work on a research project during their programme of study that can be applied directly to the industry.

CSIC chief executive Stephen Good said, “Some of the most important solutions and innovative ideas come from those on the ground. Creating this opportunity for the future innovators of the construction world to develop their ideas is key to changing the sector. This is an exciting opportunity for students to be part of real transformational change together with industry, helping to set a new direction post lockdown as we build back better to create a built environment that works effectively for people, business and our economy.

“Construction and the built environment are changing, and the skills needed are wide ranging, including digital, climate change logistics, engineering, design and robotics. The demand for skilled professionals in the industry sector remains high and the opportunities are countless. The MSc funding offers people a real opportunity to create a career that positively impacts everyone through the physical spaces we inhabit.”

Students can apply with an industry partner already in mind or CSIC can help find a partner from its network of contacts. During the programme, students will work closely with their industry partner and have access to a number of mentors, workshops and the chance to connect with sector experts.

To find out more, visit https://www.cs-ic.org/innovationcentre/future-skills/the-built-environment-innovation-msc-fund/