Our Gala dinner provides an opportunity for students and representatives from the engineering industry to get together in a relatively informal atmosphere. The networking event is unique within the UK and has grown substantially since it was first established in 2000.
Each year sees the number of companies attending growing, with over 50 companies representing a wide range of industrial sectors now attending.
Organised by students for studentsStudents can speak to prospective employers
The ethos at the heart of the Gala event is that it's organised by students for students, ensuring that the event is relevant and exciting.
The companies attending Gala sponsor a table of ten people, at which three of their company representatives will sit and be accompanied by students. During the meal and in the networking time afterwards companies have the opportunity to speak to students about the experiences available with their company. Students are able to speak to prospective employers and find out what it's really like to work for them, and how they might fit in to the company.
Previous Gala events have shown that along with the excellent networking opportunities that the evening brings, there are further benefits for everyone involved:
- Industrialists have had their positive view of Strathclyde’s engineering graduates reinforced
- Students have a better understanding of the value and quality of a Strathclyde education
- Academic staff have made contacts that have strengthened their teaching and research
- Alumni have returned to the following year’s Gala event to help expand the network
Each year, Gala continues to go from strength to strength and as it enters its 18th year, it's incredible to witness the enthusiasm the event is greeted with by students, staff, and company representatives.