GOOD BUSINESS not altruism drove Tarmac Building's partnership with Cardiff University it emerged last Friday at the inauguration of the Tarmac Chair of the Built Environment.
'We take on 100 plus graduates a year and we want to get the best,' stated Tarmac Construction's chief executive Brian Pellard. Co-operation with universities, the contractor maintains ensures that the contractor gets a foot in the door and can form links with the student population.
Cardiff was rated this year as one of the top five UK universities for civil engineering, and claims the 60 undergraduates taken in last autumn scored an average of above 23 UCAS points. The contractor already sponsors a civil engineering chair at Edinburgh University and research at Nottingham University.
Tarmac will sponsor the head of Cardiff's civil engineering division, Professor Ben Barr, as its named chair, deliver lectures, support prizes for academic excellence and finance research students. Both parties were coy about how much money is involved in the initial four year deal. 'Apart from the money, which we are more than happy with, it is getting on site that's important,' said Barr.