An introduction to studying Engineering with Coventry University and the University of Bradford. Including courses, careers and application tips.

Event speakers

Careers in Engineering
Patricia Ashman, Associate Head of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering and Associate Professor of Mechanical Analysis.

Selecting an Engineering degree and the skills and competencies required
Dr Elaine Brown, Reader in Mechanical and Process Engineering at the University of Bradford.

Hosted by
Jon Cheek, Founder and Director,

Event Summary

This webinar is hosted by Jon Cheek, the Founder and Director of UniTasterDays. Guidance is provided for students to help them make good choices when considering university. The guest speakers for this event are Patricia Ashman, the Associate Head of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering and Associate Professor of Mechanical Analysis and Dr Elaine Brown, a Reader in mechanical and Process Engineering at the University of Bradford.

Careers in engineering
Patricia starts off by mentioning what engineering is as a career and how engineers combine their creative and scientific abilities to solve problems. She goes on to speak about the different undergraduate engineering courses available on UCAS and what to consider before choosing one.

The engineering sector contributes greatly to the economy and is a valued sector in the UK. Patricia talks about the diverse studying and working environment you will experience and how you are able to work independently and as part of a team. She touches on the benefits of pursuing a degree in engineering not only for great career prospects but for having an impact in the world and solving important problems. Finally, Patricia mentions some sectors you can work in after a degree in engineering such as aerospace, medical and humanitarian.

Selecting an engineering degree and the skills & competencies required
Elaine discusses the interdisciplinary nature of engineering and the different subject areas which will be incorporated in your degree. She speaks about what engineering is and the important factors to consider when applying.

Elaine goes on to talk about the four departments of engineering at the University of Bradford and the different types of engineering courses, both broad and specific. She shares what makes a good engineer as well as what you will gain from the degree for future employment.

It is important to check if your course is professionally accredited, explains Elaine, as this will be beneficial to you for future work opportunities. When choosing a university course, you should take into consideration which modules they have on offer. Elaine highlights why you should look for modules that are industrial or research led when making a decision. Finally, she ends by touching on a range of topics such as industry links, placement opportunities, learning styles and extracurricular activities at university.

Session summary from Rubaya Zaman, a final year English Literature student at the University of Birmingham.

Event Recorded: Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 15:00

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