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PROACTIVE and driven students at the University of Portsmouth are engineering ways to ensure they are industry-ready and employable.

Students studying civil engineering and surveying are planning and running extra field trips and site visits to some of the UK’s largest engineering projects to top up those offered as part of their course.

The group’s most recent extracurricular trip was to the London headquarters of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the £15bn Crossrail project’s Canary Wharf station.

The project is Europe’s largest construction engineering initiative.

It includes two tunnels running 18 metres below London’s water table.

Organised by the University’s Civil Engineering and Surveying Society and funded by the university, the visits were part of a programme of events developed by students who are keen to supplement their core studies with industry-related extracurricular activities.

The group of 25 were given a talk on Crossrail by former Portsmouth quantity surveying student and now cost engineer on Crossrail, Edward Brain who helped organise the visit.

He said he enjoyed the visit. ‘As a former student at the University of Portsmouth it is a pleasure to showcase Europe’s largest infrastructure project to the next generation of engineers,’ he said.

‘We are fortunate to have a world-class construction project on an impressive scale being built in the UK, which is providing inspiration for those studying or considering a career in engineering.

‘Engineering is an exciting career that can take you across the world and it is amazing to be part of building a project that will have a significant impact on millions of people for generations to come.’