2017 Press Releases
UCC wins IChemE Sustainability Teaching Award
The Department of Process and Chemical Engineering at University College Cork, Ireland has been named winner of the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sustainability Teaching Award.
The honour, first awarded to University College London in 2015, was established to encourage the teaching of sustainability to undergraduate chemical engineers.
UCC’s Process and Chemical Engineering degree programme came out on top in 2016 following stiff international competition. The programme scooped the top prize for ‘successfully integrating sustainability teaching across the curriculum, providing good examples of interdisciplinary projects, coupled with excellent student feedback’.
Chair of Process and Chemical Engineering and Programme Director at UCC, Professor Edmond Byrne, said they were delighted to receive this award which endorsed their ambition to provide students with best-in-class teaching to set them up for successful careers as chemical engineers.
He commented: “University College Cork’s chemical engineering programme places sustainability at the forefront of teaching and practice, in light of contemporary societal challenges.
“We offer a research-informed curriculum which provides graduates with a broader sense of context and purpose. This complements and extends their professional imperatives as chemical engineers, indicated in roadmaps for the profession – such as IChemE’s Chemical Engineering Matters.”
Dr John Fitzpatrick, Senior Lecturer, Process and Chemical Engineering, UCC, commented: "It is great to gain some recognition for our continuing efforts in trying to embed sustainability throughout our chemical engineering degree programme with the aim of graduating engineers equipped to tackle the sustainability challenges of our time."
The presentation of the IChemE Award is set to take place in May this year at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Further information can be found here.