Careers in Civil Engineering

  By Joe, Civil EngineeringCollege of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham Careers in Civil Engineering can be divided into two main categories. ‘Consultancy’ in an engineering context often relates to the discipline of producing designs or offering technical advice for infrastructure projects. On the other hand, ‘contracting’ denotes work that is undertaken for … Continue reading “Careers in Civil Engineering”

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The Space Pi Project: Visit to RAL Space

  Holly, Abu and Alex, Aerospace EngineeringCollege of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham Third-year Aerospace Engineering students Holly, Abu, and Alex have spent their third-year research projects developing a potential space payload instrument controlled by a Raspberry Pi Model 4. The Pi has been space-qualified previously, and Pi Models 3 and 4 are … Continue reading “The Space Pi Project: Visit to RAL Space”

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How to Get the Most Out of a Year in Industry

  By Joe, Civil EngineeringCollege of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham I was very fortunate to be able to apply for a year in industry through the university-organised RESPECT scheme. Following a successful interview, I accepted an offer from Osborne (a civil engineering contractor on National Highways’ framework for delivery of major road … Continue reading “How to Get the Most Out of a Year in Industry”

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Reflections on my Year Abroad

  By Joe, Civil EngineeringCollege of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham   The University of Birmingham provided me with the opportunity to complete the third year of my integrated Masters degree abroad. As a student of Civil Engineering, I had always wanted to learn infrastructure design and sustainability principles from a different viewpoint. At the same … Continue reading “Reflections on my Year Abroad”

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What my industrial placement year taught me (even in a pandemic!)

By Alex, Materials Science College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham If there is one thing my year in industry has taught me, it is the value of curiosity. Spending a year away from the prescribed learning of my Materials Science & Engineering course has reinvigorated my passion for the subject, grounded my … Continue reading “What my industrial placement year taught me (even in a pandemic!)”

Staying Productive

By John, Computer Science College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham This has been repeated again and again: university is nothing like college or high school. There are less assigned contact hours at university and especially now with the lock-down and social distancing measures – physically being in a classroom is becoming less … Continue reading “Staying Productive”

Becoming a Digital Apprentice – My Experience & Tips on Standing Out

By John, Computer Science College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham I’ve talked about why I applied to become a digital apprentice before, and the benefits it’s had on my university career, and, hopefully, the future benefits beyond that. There’s a clear advantage to having this opportunity than not having it. The monetary … Continue reading “Becoming a Digital Apprentice – My Experience & Tips on Standing Out”

What is Engineering Shared First Year like?

By Caitlin, Mechanical Engineering College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham At the University of Birmingham, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering have a shared first year. This means that the three disciplines have all their lectures/ labs together and partake in the same modules. The labs are completed in the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory … Continue reading “What is Engineering Shared First Year like?”

Balancing your work life and social life while on placement

It looks like it’s blog time again, and this month I will be talking about balancing work life and social life while on placement. Depending on where you are situated in the country, it may be easier/more difficult to maintain a social life. I’m quite lucky as I still live in Selly Oak and thus … Continue reading “Balancing your work life and social life while on placement”

My experiences of being on placement at PwC

As a degree apprenticeship student, I spend some of my summer holidays on work placement working with PwC. Last summer was my very first placement – conveniently based in London rather than Birmingham, I was able to commute from my own home to and from work. Before placement, we were briefed on what to expect, … Continue reading “My experiences of being on placement at PwC”