The IHBC has welcomed the launch of the new Advanced Professional Diploma in Technical Building Conservation at Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Engine Shed in Stirling, including its offer of four full-time grant bursary places for the inaugural session.
IHBC Education Secretary Andrew Shepherd said: ‘It is great to see this kind of critical investment in the education of future conservation professionals and their colleagues. These bursaries are a fitting complement to the opportunities offered by some of the most critical developments in UK heritage education in recent years, the opening of Scotland’s Engine Shed in Stirling and the launch of its new Technical Building Conservation course there. We do hope there will be a big take-up of these opportunities for skills enhancement by all those involved in the practice of conservation, both professionals and craftspeople.’
Postgraduate Course Manager for Historic Environment Scotland, Gordon Urquhart IHBC, said: ‘The introduction of this course marks a significant new chapter for Scotland and the international conservation sector. With our postgraduate course at the Engine Shed, we intend to raise standards of care for our built heritage and demonstrate the continuing cultural and economic relevance of traditional buildings, materials and skills. Scotland has world class expertise in many of these topics and the Engine Shed course will enable us to share this knowledge and experience with the next generation of conservation professionals.’
The new postgraduate course will be taught at the Engine Shed, HES’s new national centre for building conservation at Forthside in Stirling. Designed by HES to fill a gap in practical conservation training in Scotland, the postgrad programme focuses on the nature, use and repair of traditional building materials, in the context of local architectural and construction traditions and guided by international conservation principles and practices. Classes will be taught by HES technical conservation staff, and supported by a range of Scotland’s leading conservation craftsmen and practitioners. The diploma course has been credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority at SCQF level 11.
The diploma course is aimed at recent graduates from related building disciplines (architecture, surveying, planning, engineering, archaeology etc) and is intended to prepare candidates for a wide range of specialist careers in the heritage sector. It will also be of interest to active building practitioners who wish to broaden their practical understanding of current conservation principles and practices.
To celebrate the launch of this important new qualification, HES is offering two full-time and two part-time bursary places to UK/EU students for the academic year starting on 21st August 2017. The full-time grant would cover all tuition fees and course costs for the complete four-unit diploma programme spanning thirty-three weeks from August to May. The two part-time grants would meet the cost of undertaking all the modules of one SQA-certified unit undertaken within a single academic year. The bursaries are available to all applicants and will be distributed according to merit.
If you would like to apply for an HES bursary, you must be able to demonstrate outstanding potential, dedication to your studies and a commitment to a future career in the conservation sector. You should provide evidence of your past academic achievements and related work experience, along with recommendations from current or past tutors and colleagues.
For further information on the bursary opportunities, or for more details on the HES Advanced Professional Diploma, contact Gordon Urquhart, HES Postgraduate Course Manager (07583 160080, Gordon.Urquhart@hes.scot) or visit the Engine Shed in Stirling.
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