Jay Cunliffe is a third year BEng (Hons) Computer Aided Engineering student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He is currently in his final year, having spent a year on placement with an electronic cigarette company based in Blackburn.
Jay was already impressed by UCLan when he applied to study here through Clearing, but admits the effort they put in at this stage convinced him to join the University. It’s a decision he doesn’t regret.
“It’s a challenging course but it’s been excellent. All the lecturers are extremely approachable and they do their best to help you, as a group and on a one-to-one basis. They put as much effort into helping you as you put into the course.”
For Jay, the highlight of the course was a rocket car module. Not only did he enjoy the practical work but it also developed skills which prepared him well for his placement year.
He said: “Since starting the course I’ve gained a variety of skills such as confidence, leadership and the ability to communicate well as part of a team. We had a double module where we formed teams to create and race rocket cars. This was one of my favourite projects; it’s like something you dream of when you’re young.”
Computer aided engineering students have a chance to go on placement in between their second and third year. There are plenty of opportunities available and the majority of Jay’s class mates managed to secure a placement.
Commenting on his own experience, he added: “I was asked to apply by the head of the company, who is the former head of motorsports at UCLan.
“My proudest moment was working on a project where we took a product to mass production. Since the placement finished I have continued to work for the company on a part-time basis and I’ve also been offered a full-time position, which I’ll start once I graduate.”
Jay’s top tip for anyone considering studying computer aided engineering at UCLan would be: “Have a look round so you can see what the labs and facilities are like.”