Training course for the Railway Systems Safety and Risk MSc students
The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) within the School of Computing and Engineering at The University of Huddersfield is a world-leading centre in the field of railway engineering and safety. IRR launched the Railway Systems Safety and Risk MSc course which include topics such as systemic safety, risk analysis, human factors and the vital necessity of learning from accidents. It combines safety and risk sciences as an independent discipline with railway industry applications.
IRR wanted to create a learning environment for students to develop into inspirational experts and connect their degree study to real-world solutions and best practices. They invited the lead consultant Sandy Lu who has extensive industry risk management experience in global organisations to deliver the risk management courses to their MSc students.
What we have done
We tailored the health and safety risk management training course to the specific needs of university students. The course topics ranging from the EU and UK key health and safety legislation framework, the risk management principles, and Railway-specific legislation, best practices such as the Office of Rail and Road (ORR)’s Risk Management Maturity Model (RM3) and international standards such as IRIS – International Railway Industry Standard and ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management standards. We provided real-life examples during our training and engaged learners in active discussion.
Outcome / Benefits
“Ms Lu is enthusiastic about teaching and has an effective approach of delivering the information to students such that it doesn’t seem like students are just taking notes and regurgitating information for an exam. Her methods of teaching and encouragement for class participation encouraged every student to think critically so that the concept and terms in safety engineering can be understood easily by the examples given in the classroom. The in-class project and discussions were very informative and with constant support and feedback, it didn’t feel like it was a pain to have to complete.”
Dr Xiaocheng Ge, MSc Course Manager, Department of Engineering and Technology, University of Huddersfield
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