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Engineering Launch at Walford Campus a Success

The Engineering team at Walford and North Shropshire College are hailing the official opening of the Collins Engineering Centre on Saturday 3 December as an unqualified success. The event at the Walford Campus marked the official opening of the Collins Engineering Centre, named after Professor Paulene Collins OBE, Chair of the College’s Board of Governors.

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom, December 10, 2011 --( Guest of honour Rear Admiral Roger Lane-Nott CB RN RTD unveiled a plaque as part of the naming ceremony after an inspirational talk to guests and prospective students on the opportunities presented by a career in engineering.

Andrew Tyley, College Principal and Chief Executive, was full of praise: “Roger gave what I can only describe as one of the best speeches I have ever heard. His insights into the world of engineering and stories about his role as Formula 1 Race Director captivated the whole audience. I think all of us left the lecture room wanting to be engineers.”

Roger Lane-Nott was introduced to the College by local businessman Dr Geoffrey Davies, whose company McConnels put on a superb display of engineering machinery including “Robocut” a remote controlled industrial scale mower, which stole the show. Also on display was Macdonald Landrover’s Comp Safari and Riversimple’s prototype hydrogen fuelled car.

Following the official ceremony, visitors were free to tour the facilities and observe working demonstrations on laser cutting, pneumatics and computer diagnostics by members of the Walford engineering team.

The event, which was attended by over sixty visitors, concluded with a prize draw with five prospective students each winning a £20 Halfords gift voucher donated by McConnels. Both the Rear Admiral and Dr Davies were so impressed by the facilities and the enthusiasm of staff and visitors alike that they each offered to donate a prize of £1,000 to recognise the achievement of future engineering students at the College.

Gillian Richards, Vice Chair of the College Board, was bowled over by this generous gesture “The announcement of a £2,000 Engineering prize was a perfect way to finish such a successful launch event. Everyone at Walford is really excited about the new engineering courses we are now able to offer at the Collins Engineering Centre. This fantastic prize provides a tremendous incentive to prospective students, who are already applying for the September 2012 intake. I cannot thank Roger and Geoffrey enough for their contributions.”

Andrew Tyley, College Principal, reflected on the official opening as a tremendous success. “It was a really proud day for the College team. This new building is a superb resource and all our visitors seemed truly impressed with what we have achieved. It makes an excellent addition to the Walford Campus and will provide a permanent tribute to the outstanding contribution made by our Chair, Paulene Collins, who has served the Board for more than twenty four years.”

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