Back in action!

Despite the seemingly endless long summer days, term-time is creeping up on us and it’s getting to be time for the FIR teams to pull their socks up and get back to business. Some exciting things are in the timeline!

Parliamentary Reception

Everything has been confirmed for our post-trip reception in the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood (Edinburgh). Sponsored by Sandra White MSP (Kelvin) the evening has already attracted a lot of interest from a variety of parties, and looks to be filling up nicely. The Glasgow team plan to present a breakdown of the project so far with photographs and videos, as well as providing hard copies of their report. CH2M are once again covering the catering, so it looks to be a great night! See below for details, any interest is welcome as long as you RSVP to the email address given.


As the reception is going to have to be held in Edinburgh, the Glasgow team are also looking to host another event in Glasgow, but this is TBC.

IESIS James Watt Dinner 2016

Another evening for the Glasgow team to look forward to is the annual IESIS James Watt Dinner in October. We have been invited along and allocated some time to speak during the dinner, as well as being given a stall for us to use as a display and allow people to hear more about the project. In addition, we are having our photographs displayed on the big screen before the dinner, and a page in the programme for us to write about who we are.

This is a great opportunity for the team to bump heads with industry and organisations alike who may take an interest in our work, and IESIS are keen for us to promote ourselves at the event. Hopefully we will not only be able to widen our general audience and bring more attention to the cause, but this also provides a platform for us to make further links with interested partners.


In other news, we are very proud of our recent university graduates from the Rwandan team at KIST, URwanda:


(L-R: Confidence [Mechanical & Energy], Alice [Civil], Denyse [Electrical & Electronics], Pascascie [Mech & Energy])

Sadly this means the girls will probably be too busy being qualified engineers to be able to help us again next year, but we are very proud of them and hope to work with them again in the future.

Otherwise, we are in the process of preparing follow-up material for the schools we worked with in Rwanda and hope to have this sent out in the next month or so. These materials will contain information about what our workshops were about, the purpose of our visit and further information regarding education beyond high school in Rwanda or abroad.


We hope to see some of you in September, if not another time, and we thank you for continuing to read about us and support the project.


Lots of love,

The FIR Team