SRUC Barony Campus Award Goes Global

Published Wednesday, 5th December 2012 in Education news

SRUC Barony Award

An internationally-successful training project developed by SRUC’s Barony Campus has been recognised in Scotland's Colleges Annual Awards.

The new online hydraulics training programme, which has already been sold to one of the world’s largest airlines, won the ‘International’ category of the Awards. The project was led by Barony Campus’ Drew Easton, Head of Engineering, and Engineering Lecturer Brian McMorran. It was developed in partnership with Australia’s CDX Automotive, a division of Jones & Bartlett Learning, based in Boston, USA.  

The programme, “CDX: Hydraulics and Fluid Power”, was developed to meet a growing worldwide demand for technical hydraulics training. It combines the subject expertise at Barony with CDX’s learning tools.  Sales of the hydraulics course are now underway around the world and early indications are very positive for the product’s success.

The judges felt that Barony Campus has responded well to the increasing significance of international projects and commercial work.  They deemed the hydraulics programme to be innovative and have far reaching global success.

Drew Easton said: “This award recognises how a specialist Scottish institution can reach out to a much wider, indeed global, audience by entering into strategic partnerships with the commercial sector.”

Robert Mann, Global Business Development Manager at CDX, said: “I send my hearty congratulations to Barony Campus for winning this award. CDX is honoured to have been a part of this ambitious project from the start and to have worked with the talented group from Barony to bring the hydraulics course to light.  This project is fine example of how Scottish colleges can capitalise on their talent, contribute to industry, and earn the financial and professional recognition for a job well done, and we'll be toasting to our continued global success.”

A team from Barony Campus attended the ceremony in Edinburgh this week where Sally Magnusson presented their award. Now in their 13th year, the Annual Awards present a unique opportunity to celebrate successes, reward achievements and showcase to the wider community the many outstanding projects and initiatives being delivered by colleges throughout Scotland.

Photo shows SRUC members of staff at the Awards: (L-R) Drew Easton (Barony Campus), Professor David McKenzie, SRUC Vice Principal for Education,  Rachel Murray (Barony Campus), Shona Warwick (Barony Campus), Trevor Jones (Barony Campus), David James, SRUC Assistant Principal Further Education.


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