Project to strengthen reputation with South American mining sector

A geologist from our University has been awarded a ‘Chile Prosperity Fund’ from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, aimed at developing and delivering Continuing Professional Development (CPD) short courses for the Chilean mining industry.

Toby White (pictured) from the Department of Geology, with support from Dr Maggy Heintz and colleagues from the University’s Research and Enterprise Division, is project manager responsible for the delivery of a PostGraduate Certificate programme in Quarry Management and Operations.

It is run as a one-year blended-learning programme in collaboration with a major international construction materials company, LafargeHolcim (who own Aggregate Industries in the UK).

The Chile Prosperity Fund project aims to contribute to improvements in the design and operation of mines and quarries in Chile by developing competency and promoting good practice through knowledge transfer and establishment of accessible CPD opportunities, leading to improved H&S performance, reduced environmental impact and increased efficiency.