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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The RESPECT Scheme at Birmingham

  By Will, Civil EngineeringCollege of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham   Something that drew me to apply for Birmingham was the RESPECT scheme – a scheme that the university runs for students to get placements with companies for either a year placement or a summer. You send in one application form and … Continue reading “The RESPECT Scheme at Birmingham”

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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”

The Big Report!

So I’m now 10 months into my placement and it’s time for the final report. For my course; this report is the major assessed part of my year and contributes 55% of my placement mark. As you might have guessed this means it’s no small piece, it weighs in at 8,000 words and is designed … Continue reading “The Big Report!”

Living away from campus

As you may have guessed your placement year will most likely be spent living away from campus and although you’ll still have rent to manage and bills to pay like before, the experience may well feel a little different. Different companies work in different ways. Some will provide you with accommodation either with other students … Continue reading “Living away from campus”

Take a break – how to keep your focus for work

As I mentioned last time you’ll probably have lots of additional university work to do whilst on placement but this year away isn’t all about working! After all, you do need to make sure you take breaks and give yourself some time to let your brain reset so you don’t just burn out. When it … Continue reading “Take a break – how to keep your focus for work”