Aerospace Engineering graduate Vincent Ogutu tells us about his experience

BEng (Hons) Aerospace Engineering

With Lancashire being the fourth largest aerospace cluster in the world, Aerospace Engineering students like Vincent benefit from a huge amount of practical experience and industry contact. After studying the International Baccalaureate at St Mary’s School in Nairobi, Vincent travelled to UCLan from Kenya in 2016 to embark on a journey that would conclude with him graduating at the 2019 Degree and Award Ceremonies with a First-Class Honours degree.

"I chose to study at UCLan because it is located in an environment conducive to learning because Preston is not a noisy city. It is also located near major cities, such as Manchester and Liverpool, however the living expenses are cheaper compared with many of these other cities and university locations. 

On arrival I was quite impressed with the level of assistance I was provided with, especially when moving to my accommodation.

Vincent Ogutu
Vincent Ogutu

Services like the library, the course hubs and others have been very helpful with any issues I have had and I have also had the opportunity to acquire much needed software on my personal PC which is extremely useful for my course.

British education is a lot more practical than theoretical and I think the most enjoyable part of my course has been all of the practical work that we get to do. The Aerospace Engineering course provided various trips to a variety of industries to learn actual production methods and more. However, I think the most special part of the course and the most exciting for me was being able to use the flight simulators available within the university! There’s a lot of opportunity to get help from tutors and arrange meetings with relevant staff – the tutors and professors are really helpful.

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Graduate Vincent Ogutu
Graduate Vincent Ogutu

In Preston I opted to stay in private accommodation, which was well-priced and the living conditions were good. My first impressions of Preston were positive and I found that most of the necessary services are available in the city centre – this is perfect because the university and most of the accommodation is within walking distance.

In my spare time I like to spend time with friends, perhaps walking around the parks of Preston or something similar. I joined societies too! In the first and second year I was in the Motorsports Club and in my third year I joined the Pool Society. As an international student this is a really great and easy way to make friends and meet people.

If you are thinking of studying at UCLan I can say that it is a great university, where expansion and change is taking place with so many new facilities being introduced. The student community is so friendly and you will feel very welcome here!