The Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian

The Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian

University of Glasgow
Glasgow Caledonian


The built environment covers many sectors of the construction industry including real estate (residential, commercial and industrial), infrastructure (roads, railways and bridges) as well as engineering (chemical engineering plants and oil rigs) (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2014). The nature of many of these sectors is continuously changing in line with advances in innovation and technology. Careers in the industry therefore are varied, challenging and, invariably, well paid. The demand for skilled professionals continues to rise which is influenced by the drive to find sustainable and environmentally sound construction techniques and advanced management practices to replace traditional methods and meet the sectors’ needs for the future (more information can be found at:

Are you ready to join the next generation of construction and engineering professionals? If so, then the following course is for you.

What will I be doing?:

Glasgow Caledonian University in partnership with Headstart is offering an exciting yet challenging four-day, three-night course based in our contemporary campus located in one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. You will take part in a wide range of timetabled activities typically undertaken by first-year undergraduate students. You will:     


  • Attend presentations from academic staff and real-life professionals within the construction industry

  • Visit a local construction site

  • Perform practical experiments in our laboratories

  • Become a designer for the day and develop complex building solutions

  • Use software packages to simulate how buildings react in different environments

  • Complete a fire risk assessment and begin to consider fire safety design

  • Learn about environmental issues such as recycling, water treatment and environmental protection

  • Provide recommendations for the construction industry to increase energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and make the planet more sustainable

In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of social events.

Would this course suit me?:

This course is designed specifically for students who are interested in a career shaping and influencing the environment we live in.  You will have the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of the built environment, civil engineering, fire engineering and energy performance. It is best suited to students who would enjoy meeting, interacting and competing with peers from other schools on a range of challenging activities.

Course code: 
Course dates: 
Monday, July 1, 2019 - 10:00 to Thursday, July 4, 2019 - 15:00
(3 nights residential). Please note these are provisional dates only which will be confirmed in due course.