School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Undergraduate study

Teamwork and leadership development

Each year our students use the great outdoors as a classroom to yield amazing rewards; learning to work effectively within a team, to communicate, to lead, and build confidence through putting management theory into practice.

“The teamwork and leadership course was a brilliant experience.  The highlight of the course was the time we spent in the Peak District.  These few days were intense as we worked in teams to tackle a series of challenging problems.  I discovered how to put management theory into practice, which was both illuminating and rewarding”. 

Outward bound training

All our courses are designed to help you become leaders in industry. In each we have specialised modules designed to help you develop key skills in team work, communication and leadership.

Each year students on the following courses take part in a residential outward bound training activity to build upon the skills they have learnt in their lecture and tutorial classes:

  • BEng and MEng Civil Engineering;
  • BSc (Hons) Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying; and
  • BSc (Hons) Construction Engineering Management.

This sociable and challenging environment away from the university is your opportunity to put the skills you have learned into practice. This will help you gain a more rounded understanding of team working and group management whilst building strong relationships with students on your course.

Exciting experiences

Throughout the course you will get involved in a range of exciting experiences designed to push your boundaries and build your key skill sets. Activities include:

  • Abseiling
  • Caving
  • Climbing
  • Raft building
  • High ropes
  • Team tasks and challenges
  • Orienteering

Qualified and experienced instructors will guide you through every activity, varying the level of difficulty to suit individual needs.

Industry feedback

The professional bodies that accredit our courses have highlighted the outward bound training as a positive and best practice feature of our courses. They state that it offers an innovative and engaging learning experience to meet key intended transferable skills learning outcomes. This means that our teaching methods are seen as the very best practice within Civil and Building Engineering education.