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The article, 'You paid them a pittance and now they're gone?' (NCE last week) highlights the related problems of skills shortages and vanishing engineers. Courses, too, have vanished, including at Oxford Brookes, our well-regarded BEng in Civil Engineering.

Our new MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment aims to help employers with skills shortages. It uses e-learning and caters for those starting in the industry with good degrees in any subject. Other professions, such as banking and accountancy, share this openness.

Many project managers now lack a technical background.

Our MSc includes a signicant element of technology and uses problem-based learning, where real-life problems are tackled by groups. Learning is stimulated and we avoid academic isolation of subjects.

We believe that courses such as ours can play a part in dealing with the growing skills shortage.

Nick Spencer Chapman (M), Department of Real Estate and Construction, Oxford Brookes University, Gipsy Lane, Oxford, Oxon OX3 0BP

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