Engineering Students Pitch Innovative Ideas During College Assessment

Engineering students from West College Scotland, Clydebank Campus, completed the communications unit of their HNC course last week when they took part in a project to pitch their ideas for Queens Quay, the £250million regeneration project on the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard, to a panel of experts.

The students were tasked with developing and presenting individual ideas showcasing the premises that they would like to see included in the Queens Quay development. All eleven students passed the unit which had three assessable elements – researching the ideas, presenting a written report and finally, pitching the ideas to an invited panel.

The suggestions included a supplement shop, a junior football club, a hotel, food outlets including vegan food and smoothies, and the project which was judged to be the winner – a catering outlet seeking to minimise food waste.

Bill Marley, agency and development partner, Ryden, who is part of the Queens Quay project team sat on the panel alongside Alison Rodgers, Youth Enterprise Scotland; Phil Brown, Curriculum Enhancement Lecturer – Engineering, West College Scotland, and Margaret Higgins, who is the communications lecturer who designed the unit project.

Commenting on the assessment, Margret Higgins, said: “It made perfect sense for us to have Queens Quay as the focus for the communications unit; it’s one of the largest and most ambitious regeneration projects in Scotland and it’s happening right on our doorstep. The students all worked extremely hard on their pitches, and the inclusion of Bill from the Queens Quay project team on the assessment panel was invaluable as it created a realistic environment for the students. It’s an experience that will undoubtedly benefit them in their future careers.”

Reflecting on his inclusion on the panel, Bill Marley commented: “It was a great experience being part of the panel. The students were extremely enthusiastic and had some excellent ideas about the types of businesses that they would like to see included in Queens Quay. Like the John Brown’s shipyard, Queens Quay, will continue to be an important part of the Clydebank community for generations to come – that’s why collaborations like this, and the input of local young people, are so important.”


Image: West College Clydebank engineering students with panel members

L-R Bottom row – Alison Rodgers, Margaret Higgins, Bill Marley
Second row – Cory Hughes, Christopher Lamont, Scott Reilly, Patrick Doherty, Matthew McCracken
Back row – Ailsa Cassidy, Andrew Panayides, Ryan Melville, Kristofer Connaghan, Ainsley Milton, Kurtis Roberts