January 31, 2013
A partnership between the University of Glamorgan and British Airways has received official accreditation from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) this week.
In a landmark agreement and a first for British Airways, engineers will graduate from Glamorgan with a BSc degree in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering having also completed the industry-standard EASA Part 66 training, awarded under British Airways’ licence.
Engineers at British Airways will also have the opportunity to study academic modules from the University at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
A new team of 11 staff have been recruited from industry to deliver the high standard of training demanded by the course.
The University of Glamorgan is one of the world’s few institutions to have its own Aerospace Centre, a purpose-built £2m facility in South Wales with its own airliner and flight simulator.
The partnership with British Airways is the only one of its kind in the UK, and is a testament to Glamorgan’s reputation for excellence in the aviation industry.
Jon McGee joins the team as a lecturer on the BSc Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course following a 30 year career in the Royal Air Force.
He commented, “I am really looking forward to working in a university and to developing this unique course alongside British Airways. The facilities here really are first-class and the opportunities opened up by this partnership make Glamorgan a unique place to train in aircraft maintenance.”
Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glamorgan, said: “As the largest airline in the UK and a global player in the aviation market, British Airways takes its relationship with education seriously. This initiative cements their links with Glamorgan, and we hope to develop our partnership further in the coming months. It’s a win-win for British Airways, the University, and the graduates.
Keith Rose, general manager quality and learning at British Airways said, ”We are delighted to be working with the University of Glamorgan. British Airways employs over 1400 people across three sites in South Wales, and this partnership will ensure that we continue to produce world class engineers, ready to take on the challenge of maintaining our fleet.”