Uni’s the place for de­grees of suc­cess

Stu­dents rate UWS tops for teach­ing qual­ity

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Ken­neth Speirs

Pais­ley grad­u­ates are ben­e­fit­ing from the Univer­sity of the West of Scot­land’s hands- on de­grees in en­gi­neer­ing and com­put­ing.

UWS is top- rated in Scot­land for teach­ing qual­ity and stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence in en­gi­neer­ing and com­put­ing.

And it of­fers a range of ca­reer­fo­cused pro­grammes at its Pais­ley Cam­pus re­lat­ing to Com­put­ing, Cre­ative Tech­nolo­gies, En­gi­neer­ing and Physics.

Katie Duff, 25, grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity’s Civil En­gi­neer­ing course in 2014.

She is now an engi­neer at AECOM, a US con­struc­tion firm which has the con­tract for the Net­work Rail in­fra­struc­ture in­spec­tion and as­sess­ment project.

Her work as an engi­neer goes back to her days as a stu­dent at UWS when she spent her sum­mer place­ment with Amey, a UK and in­ter­na­tional con­sult­ing and in­fra­struc­ture sup­port busi­ness, which was sur­vey­ing rail­way bridges for Net­work Rail.

Katie said: “The sand­wich de­gree course meant I had the op­por­tu­nity to un­der­take a 36week work place­ment. It also in­cluded a 5,000-word re­port that was val­i­dated by my tu­tor. I be­lieve this work ex­pe­ri­ence was es­sen­tial in help­ing me find a job so quickly.”

Mean­while, Katie Wad­dell, 23, left UWS with four awards for ex­cel­lence, rang­ing from top­per­form­ing en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent to best fi­nal-year en­gi­neer­ing de­sign project for her work on wingtip aero­dy­nam­ics.

Katie grad­u­ated with a BEng ( Hons) in Air­craft En­gi­neer­ing in July, but she was al­ready in a grad­u­ate role in April work­ing with Or­bital Ac­cess Lim­ited, which is de­vel­op­ing a hor­i­zon­tal launch sys­tem to send satel­lites into space.

She said: “I re­ally en­joyed my stud­ies. The Air­craft En­gi­neer­ing course was very in­ter­est­ing, with a mix of prac­ti­cal lab­o­ra­to­ries, demon­stra­tions and the­ory.”

UWS says it is one of the lead­ing play­ers in com­put­ing and IT, pro­fes­sion­ally recog­nised en­gi­neer­ing de­grees and physics pro­grammes with prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions.

The uni says its en­gi­neer­ing cour­ses are de­signed to take into ac­count and an­tic­i­pate in­dus­try needs, say­ing its pro­grammes are strongly aligned to in­dus­try, pro­fes­sional bod­ies and other in­sti­tu­tions.

Com­put­ing cour­ses at UWS are de­vel­oped in line with in­dus­try needs, giv­ing stu­dents a plat­form to launch or progress their ca­reer in this fast- chang­ing in­dus­try, ac­cord­ing to bosses. The univer­sity of­fers ac­cess to high- qual­ity com­put­ing and state- of- the- art soft­ware sys­tems as well as tried and tested in-de­mand tech­nolo­gies such as Or­a­cle, CIW, Adobe, CISCO, SAP and Mi­crosoft.

And as re­vealed re­cently in the Pais­ley Daily Ex­press, Ashley For­rester, 25, who grad­u­ated with a first- class hon­ours de­gree in Busi­ness Tech­nol­ogy be­gan her first job with Hewlett Packard En­ter­prise (HPE).

She’s al­ready push­ing her­self into new chal­lenges by be­com­ing part of the lead­er­ship team at the com­pany’s women’s net­work.

Ashley said: “The fact that the course cov­ered both busi­ness and tech­nol­ogy has helped me de­velop a broader un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues that our busi­ness clients are fac­ing, and the so­lu­tions to them.”

 For more in­for­ma­tion on the univer­sity’s en­gi­neer­ing and com­put­ing op­tions, visit www.uws. ac.uk/ug

Train­ing Work ex­pe­ri­ence was es­sen­tial­for Katie Duff , and in­set, Katie Wad­dell en­joyed her stud­ies

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