"I chose to study at UCLan as it offered small class sizes. The lecturers get to know you as an individual rather than just a number. They are available to offer advice and assist with any concerns you may have with any ongoing work. Another reason I chose UCLan was its new Engineering Innovation Centre and social spaces.
"What attracted me to the course was that it has a good balance of practical and theory work with the addition of field trips. The facilities on campus are good with labs for hydraulics, soils and materials. The new EIC houses high performance PCs in a dedicated Lab with CAD software for the design and project management modules.
"In my second-year design project I produced a design and feasibility study of a dam in the Mungrisdale Valley, and the most feasible design within the group was selected. Participating in this project allowed team-working skills to be developed as well as communication skills for when pitching to industry specialists.
"The projects you get involved in are useful and certainly helped lay the foundations for my placement as an assistant site engineer with Eric Wright Civil Engineering Ltd. On my placement I have been also able to apply the knowledge I learned working on the Pooley Bridge Reconstruction Project in the North Lakes. The project involves the construction of a £5 million single span composite stainless vehicular/pedestrian bridge which will replace the original bridge that collapsed during Storm Desmond in 2015. My role involves quality inspection and testing plans, cost management, surveying and setting out. I have also implemented health and safety toolbox talks, emergency plans, site inductions and positive interventions.
"One memory that sticks out from my time at UCLan is my first year Geotechnics week long field trip to the Lakes which I found really rewarding."
3 February 2020