MP Praises Adam Smith Commitment to Renewables
26 March 2010
Groundbreaking work being carried out by Adam Smith College has won the strong endorsement of Central Fife MP Lindsay Roy. His words of support came during a visit by the MP to the new £16m Centre for Engineering, Construction, Renewables and Science being developed by the College at its Stenton Campus in Glenrothes.
Dr Craig Thomson, Principal of Adam Smith College with Lindsay Roy, MP for Central Fife pictured outside Adam Smith College’s new Centre for Engineering, Construction, Renewables and Science in Glenrothes.
“This world class Centre will be a real jewel in the crown for Fife,” said Mr Roy. “The developments and investments made by the College make it the vanguard of education and training in the renewables sector and is enabling Fife to be a step ahead of many other areas in this field. This will ensure that new jobs and opportunities come to the Kingdom.
Historically Fife has played a huge role in energy production with coal followed by oil and gas. This initiative is leading the way in Fife’s Third Energy Revolution – Renewables, with Adam Smith College at the heart of it.”
During the visit Mr Roy launched the next phase of the College’s Renewables Initiative which will see the development of further courses and facilities at the College. New courses highlighted during the launch included a one-day seminar which will focus on solar energy and a two day carbon foot-print course which will cover climate change and carbon reduction for business.
Mr Roy heard how renewables and low carbon technologies will be at the centre of the College’s new facility which opens its doors to students in August. Said Lindsay Roy, “The new Centre is a great achievement for the College and I very much look forward to coming back to see it in full use in the Autumn. Education and training are central to building Fife’s future economy. I have confidence that the work carried out by Adam Smith and its excellent staff will ensure that individuals and the business community have the skills and knowledge required.”
Dr Haroon Junaidi, lecturer in Renewables, who has designed a number of the College’s new courses, sees the current move to renewable energy as an example of linking the future to the past:
”These new courses will give companies and individuals a great opportunity to improve their own skills and knowledge in renewables and carbon management. However, rather than being brand new, we should see these energy sources as building on a long history. Mankind has used renewable energy resources successfully in the past. It is only in the last two centuries that we have lost our way and allowed the addiction to fossil fuel to develop. Global warming and the scarcity of fossil fuels are leading us back to natural resources.”
Originally a mechanical engineer Haroon completed his PhD in “Solar Water Heaters for Scotland” in 2007 and since then has conducted various workshops and lectures across the UK prior to joining the Adam Smith College team.
As part of the launch of the next phase of its Renewables Initiative, the College announced that it is offering 50 FREE places to businesses on the new two-day Carbon Foot-print course.
For further details and to book your place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 756 1292.
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