SRUC Barony Shortlisted for Awards

Published Wednesday, 7th November 2012 in Campuses & Offices news

An entry from SRUC Barony Campus near Dumfries has been shortlisted for the International category of Scotland’s Colleges' Annual Awards.

This award will be announced and presented at Murrayfield on Tuesday 27th November. The Barony entry was an innovative, online hydraulics training program, developed in partnership with Australia’s CDX Automotive, a division of Jones & Bartlett Learning, based in Boston.

Scotland’s Colleges' Annual Awards celebrate success, reward achievement and showcase to the wider community outstanding projects and initiatives delivered by colleges throughout Scotland. The International Award looks for evidence of high quality and innovation in international activity which has real impact. It is also interested in the lessons learned from international activity and its influence on domestic projects.

The Barony project was led by Drew Easton, Head of Engineering, and Engineering Lecturer Brian McMorran. The new online training program CDX: Hydraulics and Fluid Power meets a growing worldwide demand for technical hydraulics training. It combined the subject expertise at Barony with CDX’s proven learning tools. 

The course, linking SW Scotland with Australia, covers the central concepts of hydraulic systems and the service tasks required of fluid power mechanics across the world. It features a wealth of videos and animations that simplify complex subject matter for working technicians and apprentices, delivering a ‘near workshop’ experience. It has widespread applications including offshore oil platforms, mining, aerospace, marine exploration, agriculture, construction, and forestry.

According to Drew Easton the course is designed to appeal to commercial markets as well as schools, colleges and universities.

“It allows participants to study at a pace that suits them. Basic hydraulics training has a wide potential market. In the airline industry, for instance a commercial pilot is required to have a working knowledge of hydraulic systems.”

When launched in the spring, prior to Barony becoming part of Scotland’s Rural College, the product was given a high profile support by Education Secretary Mike Russell MSP, who was keen to point up this “excellent example of how Scotland is still leading the world in some areas of manufacturing engineering”.

Sales activity is now under way in all major global markets.

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