Adam visits Parliament through studying at partner Wigan & Leigh College

Adam achieved his BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering degree through our partner institution Wigan & Leigh College. Here he talks to us about his study experiences.

"Because I was working for my employer, I only studied one day a week, and one of the benefits of studying at Wigan & Leigh was that the smaller class sizes of around 10 students meant that we really got one on one time with the academics, which really did help. Throughout my studies I felt supported as I had a professional mentor to help me, but I also felt the support of the staff at Wigan & Leigh College.

Whilst studying I got the opportunity alongside the other apprentices to visit Parliament to attend the event ‘Nuclear Week’, which is dedicated to nuclear energy. I got a tour of the Houses of Parliament and spoke to my local MP, James Grundy. As I was leaving, I saw former Prime Minister Liz Truss walking past which was quite surreal.

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I got the opportunity to visit parliament to attend the event ‘Nuclear Week’
UClan Partner graduate Adam Lever smiles, wearing a cap and gown on their graduation day.
Adam Lever
BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

As a Partner student I had access to The University of Central Lancashire's facilities and resources, including the library. This was useful as students can access Engineering e-books and journals that can ordinarily be quite difficult to source.

The advice I would give to students who have an interest in Mechanical Engineering and are thinking about applying for the course would be to 100% go for it. However, you do need to put a lot of work in and it could be challenging, especially when my spare time and weekends were taken up by doing assignments and revising for exams. But all the work I put in paid off in the end when I graduated with a first class degree.

Adam Lever on his graduation day.
Adam Lever on his graduation day.

As for the future I am already exploring the possibility of studying to obtain a chartered engineer status. I’d also consider applying to study at Postgraduate level, I just need to decide which area I’d like to do this in. I recently had an interview with my employer where I was successful in obtaining a graduate design engineer role and going through the whole degree process definitely helped me prepare for this.”

Next steps

  • Study at a partner

    At the University of Central Lancashire, we have been welcoming partner students for more than 30 years. On this page, you'll find a variety of information for both current and potential partner students.

  • University Centre Wigan & Leigh College

    The University Centre Wigan & Leigh College is the only university level education provider in the Wigan borough. It has been offering higher education for more than 70 years, with its history rooted in the mining and engineering industries.

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