Engineers at University Centre Newbury (UCN) have been showcasing their hard work and engineering prowess at the annual Engineering Exhibition.

The latest generation of engineers is already making a positive impact on businesses in the community and these research projects aim to enhance and showcase their skills to the public and local dignitaries visiting the event.

Produced as part of the Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) and Degree (BEng (Hons)) programmes, research projects integrate the students' knowledge and understanding of engineering processes with different skills and abilities that may not have been assessed previously. This may include designing their own experimental work, problem-solving or finding new ways of analysing and presenting data.

Director of Business and Partnerships, UCN, Dr. Jo Houghton commented: “The standard of the student projects is outstanding they have worked incredibly hard, aided by our exceptional teaching team.

“We are delighted to be able to showcase their projects and highlight the quality of work produced that is making a real difference in businesses today and of course, celebrate their success.”

The projects on display were also scrutinised by a group of celebrated engineering specialists (Ben Mishi, Martin Russell, Richard Willis and Roly Wise) who were tasked with deciding which of the projects would receive this year’s best in show awards.

The awards ceremony was presented by Iain Wolloff, Principal and Chief Executive of Newbury College and University Centre Newbury, and Tom Cox, a Project Manager at Tokamak Energy and former UCN graduate.

Mr Cox, who graduated with a first-class honours from the degree programme in 2018, spoke of his learning journey and challenged everyone to reflect on what they’ve learnt, look for new opportunities to learn and have fun in the process.

Project winners of this year’s Engineering Exhibition were announced at the event:

Runner-Up Prizes - Electrical/Electronic
  • HNC - Angus Sturrock
  • HND – Callum Davidson
Runner-Up Prizes – Mechanical/Manufacturing
  • HNC – Ben Packman
  • HND – Grace Fenemore
  • BEng (Hons) Degree – Elizabeth Seal
Best Project - Electrical/Electronic
  • HNC – Sarah Bonas
  • HND – Oliver Canham
Best Project – Mechanical/Manufacturing
  • HNC – Guy Young
  • HND – Matthew Perren
  • BEng (Hons) Degree – Andrew Male

If you are an engineer looking to progress your career, apply now for a September start, it couldn’t be a better time to explore your options. Visit ucn.ac.uk to find out more about developing your career.

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