I selected Engineering Design because I saw that the course flexibility would allow me to tailor my Engineering knowledge to suit my career path. As an 18 year old just having completed by A-levels, I did not know what type of engineering I wanted to study, only that I wanted to be an engineer. Engineering Design allows you to structure your degree to your strengths and interests, I ended up specialising in Aerospace and Advanced Composite Structures which I would not have been able to choose in advance of coming to university.

I found that throughout my time in Engineering Design I was developing both technical and teamwork skills, which I feel are one of my strongest assets now that I am in employment. I always felt the Engineering Design course gave stimulating and relevant projects and that the students found innovative ways to solve the problems they were presented with. The industrial year was important in my development as a more professional engineer; the whole cohort had jumped a level in confidence and competency after the year spent in industry. The stand out feature of this course is the unparalleled level of engineering and pastoral support you receive from the Engineering Design tutors which really creates an environment to succeed.

I was heavily involved with both the University’s Snowsports and Cycling Club, gaining my Full Colours and holding a committee position in both. I had so much fun in both of the clubs meeting life-long friends, travelling Europe and training in an inclusive and challenging environment. Engineering Design did not hold me back from achieving my sporting aims or from fulfilling my committee responsibilities. Most students of the course are heavily involved in a club or society.  As the course is 5 years long, you become one of the senior members of your club, enabling you to really steer its direction and performance!

Bristol is a friendly and cosmopolitan city which has depth beyond a self-contained student city. It has a great music, comedy and nightlife scene, which I enjoyed in my first couple of years at university. As a cyclist, I also enjoyed being able to easily get out of the city into the Mendips or Cotswolds.

My first role is as an Engineering graduate at Rolls-Royce Plc, which I gained as a result of my year’s industrial placement. I am currently working on a design project integrating electro-mechanical systems into gas turbines and my cross-discipline background is proving extremely valuable to this role.

Andrew Kirby, 2017, Aerospace Engineer
Andrew Kirby 2017, Aerospace Engineer

Andrew Kirby

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