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Engineering Your Future

Avid participants at the Engineering Your Future event

Avid participants at the Engineering Your Future event

16 March 2012

Fifty year 11 and sixth-form students attended an evening of talks at the University earlier this month to find out what it’s like to study and work in the field of engineering.

The ‘Engineering Your Future’ event was hosted by the Bristol University branch of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to give participants an insight into life as an engineering student and beyond. Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, introduced the event. Participants then heard from current students, lecturers and from industry representatives from Toshiba and RedR, which trains and deploys engineers for relief work. The sixth-formers also had the opportunity to find out about a variety of final-year engineering projects, and talk to current students and representatives from other student societies.

Marcus Scaramanga, EWB President, said: ‘Students were very keen to hear what studying engineering was actually like; the mixture of current student input and that from industry and the relief sector was very well received. Given that it was the first event of its kind, put on by current students for future students, the support from the faculty and external speakers was fantastic and hopefully a new wave of engineers have been inspired.'

Engineers Without Borders is an international development organisation that removes barriers to development through engineering. Its programmes provide opportunities for young people to learn about technology’s role in tackling poverty. Supported by the EWB-UK community, members work on projects around the globe.