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Computing and Engineering – 2015

Instagram Student Profiles 2015
Instagram Student Profiles 2015

Computing and Engineering – 2015

 

Find out what life is like at the School of Computing and Engineering @huddersfielduni for our students #studentlife #Huddersfield

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Computing and Engineering – 2014

Instagram Student Profiles 2014
Instagram Student Profiles 2014

Computing and Engineering – 2014

 

Find out what life is like at the School of Computing and Engineering @huddersfielduni for our students #studentlife #unioftheyear #huddersfielduni

A video posted by University of Huddersfield (@huddersfielduni) on Feb 28, 2014 at 8:18am PST

Abdullah Alanazi – Mechanical Engineering

Abdullah Alanazi
Abdullah Alanazi

Abdullah Alanazi – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Management MSc


“I discovered the University of Huddersfield through a friend who recommended the institution because of its good reputation. The University also offered the course that I was looking for.

“I chose this topic as I have aspirations of becoming a General Manager and my course combines the science of engineering and management at the same time. The tutors present a very sophisticated style of education and are always ready to help and support students.

“Huddersfield offers a communal feel that is suitable for all and is a quiet town that you can find anything you need very easily.”

Abdulrahman Al-Shaaby – Automotive Engineering

Abdulrahman Al-Shaaby
Abdulrahman Al-Shaaby

Abdulrahman Al-Shaaby – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive Systems Design and Analysis MSc


Abdulrahman M Al-Sha’aby from Jeddah, graduated from the University after completing the MSc Automotive Systems Design and Analysis degree.

“I first came to hear of Huddersfield after meeting a tutor from the department of Engineering. I liked how the University courses were designed to student requirements and met industry needs.

I thought Huddersfield is a very beautiful town and an excellent place to live and study. While I was here I always felt like I was at home, the people are so friendly especially the staff at the University.

It’s a welcoming town with a nice centre. The campus is spacious with a lot of new buildings and facilities. I can honestly say that it has one of the best automotive laboratories and engineering design workshops in the UK”.

Abdulrahman has since established and manages the co-operative training and recruitment department at a technology college in Jeddah.

Abdulrahman AlAzzaz – Mechanical Engineering

Abdulrahman AlAzzaz
Abdulrahman AlAzzaz

Abdulrahman AlAzzaz – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Management MSc


"I chose this course as I felt the subjects covered would give me a good grasp on fundamental managerial aspects of engineering.

"The course is designed for students with an engineering background, and leads you through managerial principles to help you achieve good skills for the future.

"The facilities in the Department of Engineering and Technology are state-of-the-art, and the staff are experienced to deliver high quality information.

"Obtaining a degree from the University of Huddersfield, will aid my future, because of the high method of teaching and the good quality of the staff."

Adam Roberts – Computing

Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts – Computing

Studied: Software Development BSc(Hons)


"I chose to study at the University of Huddersfield as it was ideally located, and the University offered the course I wanted.

"I was interested by the modules that the course offered including writing software, modelling and prototyping.  They were mainly practical as opposed to theoretical and I was confident I could obtain industry-sought skills.  The hands-on practical modules are excellent and really get you thinking; good practices are taught, lecturers are excellent and often inspiringly enthusiastic. Theoretical modules serve to expand your usual chain-of-thought into the unknown, as you explore new territories of learning.

"I’m currently in my third month of my placement at the University’s International Development department and I’ve already produced software that’s being trialled in North America and Canada for the Android TF101 tablet.  It’s being used by international agents in over 130 countries (a portable desktop/laptop version I developed in Java), in addition to several other exciting projects that can really make a difference.  I’ve been able to demonstrate my ability and see my work in action; it’s great receiving feedback from not only your colleagues but also from people in other countries.

"The facilities on campus are great, I can literally always gain access to a computer; if I want a Mac, it’s available (or I can dual boot it and run Windows 7).  Software provided is excellent (VMware, Borland Together for UML, entire Adobe CS3 suite, are just a few examples), and the buildings and facilities themselves are fantastic. Classroom sizes are fairly small and my teachers are always available to give me feedback and support me whenever I run into a bit of trouble (usually because my brain’s thinking in Java, PHP, or Ruby, when I’m actually supposed to be thinking in C++).

"Staff often go out of their way to offer you assistance and, at least twice during every tutorial you will be checked upon to ensure that everything is going ok and you’re absorbing all of the information and applying it correctly.

"I would love to go on to work for a large internationally renowned company such as IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, GE, or Facebook, ideally for the exposure but also to challenge myself in a much larger environment where your end user-base could be in the millions.

"One of the main benefits of studying here is the number of programming languages and skills you’ll pick up. When going to assessment centres at IBM and GE I talked to lots of other students that didn’t have a clue about Java, Prolog, SQL, PHP, operating system security, networking, or any other fundamental aspect.  In the software development industry it’s vital to know a lot of different key skills and languages and be able to adapt to changes.  After all, who knows when the next new amazing programming language will arrive and put all of the others to shame?"

Aftab Afzal – Electrical Engineering

Aftab Afzal
Aftab Afzal

Aftab Afzal – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Communication Engineering BEng(Hons)


“My course is of huge interest and importance to me. I chose it because of the scope of employment opportunities in the Middle-East.

I very much like Huddersfield because it’s very affordable for overseas students to live and study in and an extremely friendly town. My tutors are really co-operative and the facilities on campus are very impressive.”

Ahmed Al-Makrami – Computing

Ahmed Al-Makrami
Ahmed Al-Makrami

Ahmed Al-Makrami – Computing

Studied: Advanced Computer Science MSc


“I joined the Advanced Computer Science course as I have an active interest in computers and technology and in my country, Saudi Arabia, the knowledge I gain from the course will give me a greater opportunity to secure a better job.

“I am lucky as I have previously had experience using similar tools and systems that are used on the course such as PRINC 2 in Project management.  Also I have experience of programming languages such as SQL database, JAVA and VB.net, which you study more in depth.

The course offers the use of great facilities especially the library, computer labs and classrooms.  All resources and information are easily accessible.

“When I complete the course I am hoping to return to in Saudi to pursue various job opportunities that will be available to me, with the skills and experience that I have gained from this course.”

Ahmed Mejairan – Computing

Ahmed Mejairan
Ahmed Mejairan

Ahmed Mejairan – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


Being an IT graduate who lived and studied in the UK for more than four years, choosing the UK to do a masters was a natural progression. When he chose the MSc Information Systems, Ahmed wanted a modern University that offered a master’s degree that was globally recognised. He says ‘ The University of Huddersfield offered me a student friendly town, a calming environment, professional University staff, affordable student expenses and a premium location close to major cities such as Manchester and Leeds.’

When Ahmed first started with the school of Computing and Engineering he was apprehensive, having had a two year gap between his bachelors degree and the masters. Ahmed explains ‘ My anxiety instantly disappeared during the induction week, the lecturer’s participated in the weeks activities, introducing all related information to the students. I found the school had taken steps to reflect the rapid development in technology and industry. Supplied with the state of the art computers and software packages it was a great place to learn’.

Since completing his masters degree Ahmed has been working in the Kingdom of Bahrain as a Professional Technology Specialist, Systems Developer for the Ministry of Education. His main tasks involve designing and implementing specific information systems to satisfy the Ministry’s needs for providing a state of the art portal.

On reflection of his time at the University Ahmed says, ‘From the experience’s gained, I have managed to shape my thoughts and knowledge not only IT wise but also when it comes to the social aspects tangible to technology. Having being introduced to industry based practices which is imperative in supplying me with the experiences required to perform exceptionally within my career.’

Ajaib Hussain – Electrical Engineering

Ajaib Hussain
Ajaib Hussain

Ajaib Hussain – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng


Ajaib graduated in 1985, he is now UK Engineering Manager for Rakon Limited

Alex Kane – Computer Games

Alex Kane
Alex Kane

Alex Kane – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


Alex, a Computer Games Programming student tells us about his course and his placement at Canalside Studios - a role exclusively available to students at UoH.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

"Hi my name is Alex Kane and I'm on the Computer Games Programming course.  

"The reason I chose the course was because of my interest in programming but because I also have an interest in games. It is nice to see you can learn games programming and still get the same experiences but still get a lot of experience out of it. It's definitely the way forward for programming and games are such a big industry now that I feel the course is the way forward.


Alex Smith and Nicola Elvin – Multimedia

Alex Smith and Nicola Elvin
Alex Smith and Nicola Elvin

Alex Smith and Nicola Elvin – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


Alexandra Davidson – Popular Music Production BA(Hons)

Alexandra Davidson
Alexandra Davidson

Alexandra Davidson – Popular Music Production BA(Hons)

Studying: Popular Music Production BA(Hons)


View Alexandra's SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/alexandra-davidson


Video transcript

"My background before starting at the University of Huddersfield varied quite a bit since I moved back and forth between the United States and London several times I did both my college years in America and in London and I also went to University in America before coming here as well.

"I found adapting to life at University really easy because the Students Union puts on so many different events for students to be able to meet each other and there are so many different societies you can become a part of. I am a part of the swim team and I've become social sec(retary) of the swim team since January and I really enjoy doing that and I've met so many new people through doing so.

"What I enjoy most about my course is how easily accessible all the lecturers are for help and how everyone is willing to help each other and most of us are friends so it's really easy to be able to get work done and make new friends. 

"I'd say the module I enjoy the most would have to be my Radio Production module, there is a lot of work that goes into it but its a lot of fun and I've learned something new that I've never thought I'd be able to get into before.

"I have opted for a work placement and I've got a placement down in London at a company called Hotvox

"My time at University so far has been incredible, I came from a different University where I didn't have such a great time but I found that Huddersfield was really the right choice for me and I've been able to get involved in so many different things around campus such as working as a student ambassador, a course rep for my course and part of the swimming and water polo society and I just love everything about it. 

"The advice I would give to students who are thinking about coming to Huddersfield is to really look into the courses in depth, there are different specifications for every course online and there are so many different music courses and so many different courses within the engineering School that you can get involved with and I think it is really worth taking the time to look and see which course specifically applies to what you want to do.

"After I finish my studies I hope to continue working within the music industry, hopefully doing something in live sound or radio production."

Andrew Dilnot – Mechanical Engineering

Andrew Dilnot
Andrew Dilnot

Andrew Dilnot – Mechanical Engineering

Andrew Dilnot’s working life began straight from school with an engineering apprenticeship, now he heads a multi national research and development division for one of the world’s biggest players in the supply of friction materials for the automotive industry.  And it was the study of his first degree at the University of Huddersfield that enabled him to rise to the top of his chosen career. 
 
Brake technology is Andrew’s field and since 2005 he has been Senior Vice-President for Engineering with the TMD Friction Group, a global company with headquarters in Germany and the product of a merger between the UK firm Mintex Don and German firm Textar. Andrew supervises almost 300 researchers worldwide and his current annual budget for research and development of brake materials is 28 million Euros. This ensures that he and his team – based at R and D centres in Leverkusen, Germany, and in the USA, Brazil, Japan and China – will continue to be at the forefront of friction material developments. There are significant challenges to be met with every new vehicle launch and the constantly changing legislation.
 
“The auto industry is starting to change its view of what a car should be, with the advent of hybrid cars and electric cars”, he says. “One of the key objectives is to reduce the weight of the vehicle and as the brake system is quite a contributor to that weight it becomes a focus for attention. This means we have to develop lightweight solutions yet still meet the performance demands of the customer and driver”. 
 
“Also, we are conscious that we must continuously strive to reduce any perceived negative impact that we have on the environment. Our biggest contribution is through the careful selection of the raw materials that we use and the way that we manufacture the end product. With all developments the question is how we reduce our carbon footprint and ensure the friction material waste is safe?”
 
Andrew, born in 1961, is from Mirfield in West Yorkshire. After school he became an apprenticed engineer at Mintex, a local braking firm that originated in the 1870s. After his apprenticeship he joined the brake research and testing department but soon had ambitions to step up to jobs for which he needed a degree.

He asked his boss if Mintex would sponsor him while he studied for a Bachelor of Engineering degree at Huddersfield. 
 
“He asked me why I wanted do a degree and I said that I wanted to do his job one day!”
 
This ambitious attitude struck the right note and it was agreed that Andrew should become the firm’s first fully-funded university student. Among his teachers at Huddersfield was John Fieldhouse – now a Professor – who is a globally respected authority on brake issues.
 
Within three years of acquiring a First Class degree at Huddersfield and becoming a research engineer, Andrew was in charge of heavy vehicle products - a large R&D department at Mintex and then light vehicles - cars. He continued to rise through the ranks and by 2004 he was Operations Director for the merged firm Mintex Don, responsible for manufacturing sites in Cleckheaton and Hartlepool.  This company then joined forces with the German braking company Textar to create the new group named TMD Friction (Textar Mintex Don).
 
Initially, it proved difficult to integrate the three companies that formed TMD, which was slow in getting new products on to the market.  The new firm’s CEO came to see Andrew in the UK, asking him to take on the challenge of building up a new research and development process on a global basis. He would relocate to Leverkusen in Germany and would have 12 months to get the new system up and running. This was the sort of challenge that Andrew most enjoyed. 
 
He succeeded, and the result was that in October 2005 he became Managing Director of TMD Friction Services with responsibility of over 500 employees and at the same time moved into his present post of Senior Vice President for Engineering, directly responsible for 295 employees in Germany, the USA, Brazil, China and Japan. He has direct responsibility for a worldwide engineering budget of 28 million Euros and responsible for customer projects to the value of 160 million Euros. One of the biggest current challenges he and his global team face is finding an alternative to the use of copper in brakes. Environmental concerns have been raised in America and as a result legislation is now in place that dictates only trace elements of copper will allowed in the friction materials of newly launched vehicles as from 2018. 
 
“This is biggest change in the friction industry since the early eighties, when asbestos was outlawed.  The challenges of going copper-free are right at the forefront of our programmes” said Andrew.
 
In addition to his large scale R and D department, Andrew also works closely with academic experts, and aims to renew research links with the University of Huddersfield.
“We used to have development programmes with John Fieldhouse at Huddersfield, but when the centre of development moved from the UK to Germany we lost touch for a while. But over the last couple of years we have been building up the relationship again”.

Andrew Jackson – Popular Music Production BSc

Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson – Popular Music Production BSc

Studied: Popular Music Production BSc(Hons)


Andrew has now embarked on the final year of his BSc in Popular Music Production. He is now back at the University after a placement year spent at the Edinburgh station Radio Forth, where he gained great experience as a production assistant and talks about the Sony Radio Nomination for the webcast 'Front Room Fringe' which he was a part of.


Video Transcription

"You did your placement with Radio Forth, up in Edinburgh. Did you enjoy it?

"Yeah, it was one of the best years I’ve had in my life really. At first I was a bit nervous going up, a bit apprehensive because it was quite far away from home and I didn’t really know anybody, in the close proximity. I think the closest friend I had was in Newcastle, so it was a bit nerve-wracking at first but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. The people there were great, I learnt so much. Everybody was really friendly and just the skills that I’ve picked up I think they’ll help me with the rest of my career.

"You’re back at Huddersfield now, if another student was to sort of say ‘I’m not too sure whether I should do a placement’, what would you advise them to do?

"I would say definitely do one.

"Why’s that?

"It’s worthwhile, what you learn through University it’s not the same exactly in the working world. You get theories, but when you’re actually working to tight deadlines and under pressure, you just can’t replicate that at University. I think the skills that you learn are just invaluable, not just technical skills, communication skills, how to work with others as well as working with other companies and liaising with different people in the industry. The things that I like most about my course are the variation in the modules that I do, so I don’t just learn one specific area. I learn a wide range of skills, which will help me in the industry."
           

Andrew Sparks – Computing

Andrew Sparks
Andrew Sparks

Andrew Sparks – Computing

Studied: Software Development BSc(Hons)


Andrew is now working for Capital Financial as a graduate analyst developer, he reflects back on his time at the University of Huddersfield.

"After attending an Open Day, my obvious choice was to join the University.  The informatics department is housed in a converted mill, which I found created an interesting working environment and one that I soon became accustomed to.

"I chose the course as it outlined a number of modules that I felt sure would help my career in the long-term and in addition offered a placement year. 

"During my placement at David Brown Engineering Ltd, as a student software developer, I worked as part of a team to provide software support and general IT services to the company.  My job was varied and it gave me a real insight into the various ways that IT can support a company and gave me practical experience.

"Within 2 months of completing my degree I managed to secure my current job.  My main area of responsibility is software support and I am an active member of a dedicated team.  Without the time that I spent at University I would not have been able to pursue my dream!"

Zeeshan Syed – Computing

Zeeshan Syed
Zeeshan Syed

Zeeshan Syed – Computing

Studied: Computing BSc(Hons)


Zeeshan graduated in 2004 and is now a Senior SAP Lead Consultant for Alfanar 

Andy Carter – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Andy Carter
Andy Carter

Andy Carter – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)
Current Employer and Job Title: BBC World Service - Sound Engineer


“The work placement scheme offered at the University of Huddersfield was invaluable for me. It gave me time to practice the skills and techniques I'd learnt in my first two years in a real world environment. This really gives you an advantage, both in focusing your final year studies, and giving you that much needed experience when looking for employment.”

Andy Needham – Popular Music Production BA

Andy Needham
Andy Needham

Andy Needham – Popular Music Production BA

Studied: Popular Music Production BA(Hons)


Studio Engineer and Part-time Duty Manager at Blueprint studios while completing his final year.

"I spent my work placement year at Blueprint Studios in Manchester. The Victorian building houses six rehearsal rooms, a Neve based Pro Tools HD studio, a D-Command based Pro tools HD studio, two live rooms and a venue and a third live room named the 'Big Room'. Blueprint have an impressive client list which includes Elbow, I am Kloot, Duran Duran, Stephen Fretwell, 50 cent, Smokey Robinson and many more.

"During my time at Blueprint I was involved with a number of tasks that varied immensely.  I was surprised when after three weeks I was entrusted with engineering a session by myself. I started off with simple voice over sessions and acoustic numbers but by the end of my year I was engineering and producing whole albums and even helping in the birth of a new record and management label.

"My first two years of study have helped prepare me for my year out. Without the practical skills I learned at University I definitely would not have been able to conduct the projects I was involved in.  'Recording' modules helped me manage sessions, 'Audio Technology' helped me soundproof the 'Big Room' and living away from home and planning my own studies has helped me with time management and organisation.

"During my placement year I had the pleasure of working with Elbow, Stephen Fretwell, Lady Ga Ga, The Stereophonics, The Nolan Sisters and many more. I have gained some amazing friends and learnt a great deal not only about the industry but also about myself. I have matured a great deal and this has helped me greatly in making decisions about my post University life."

Anne Marie Toseland – Computing

Anne Marie Toseland
Anne Marie Toseland

Anne Marie Toseland – Computing

Studied: Software Development BSc(Hons)


“I found the University offered a wider variety of computing courses than most, I had looked at. When I visited on open day, the campus facilities and general enthusiasm of the staff sealed my decision to apply. My background consisted of very general computer skills from an AVCE ICT course at Roundhay School Technology College. I wanted to specialise in something more technical so I chose to study Software Development. I was really pleased the first year offered a variety of exciting modules, which I was keen to delve into and the second year stepped up the pace incorporating more challenging work.

"By the end of my second year I'd learnt technical skills such as Unix, Java, C++, SQL, Oracle database development as well as general soft skills such as self management, organisation including the importance of keeping a log of my soft skill achievements to refer back to when making job applications. There always seemed to be application questions asking me to describe a time when I worked in a group or team and what challenges I faced.  At the time, the development of these non technical skills seemed less important but if anything its the other way around, such skills are vital for long term personal development both at University and in the workplace.

"My placement year was spent at Oracle Corporation in Reading, a position that I would never have achieved without the support of the fantastic placement unit within the school.

"This year in industry was a welcomed break from my studies, providing me with invaluable experience and motivation for my final year workload. Industry experience helped to distinguish my CV when it came to applying for graduate schemes.

"At Oracle I worked within a global team supporting Oracle University. A lot of my time was spent specifying system requirements, developing, testing and documenting solutions to internal user requests. I also had the opportunity to develop some in-house applications to assist the team with proactive support.

"I have no doubt that the four years of study was worthwhile, prior to University I would never have imagined having the employment prospects I have now. I have graduated from University with greater confidence and eager to begin my career. The courses and experience offered at Huddersfield really do attract employers.

"Having graduated with a 2:1, I am now joining Hewlett Packard as a Technical Consultant.

"University is such a diverse environment there's something for everyone, not just in terms of study but also extracurricular activities. Student life is what you make of it; it's down to you how involved you get in the whole experience."

Anthony Dunn and Bryde Town – Computing

Anthony Dunn and Bryde Town
Anthony Dunn and Bryde Town

Anthony Dunn and Bryde Town – Computing

Studied: Computing BSc(Hons)


Anthony Dunn and Bryde Town discuss their experience on the Computing course to date...

Austen Jux-Chandler – Popular Music Production BA

Austen Jux-Chandler
Austen Jux-Chandler

Austen Jux-Chandler – Popular Music Production BA

Studied: Popular Music Production BA(Hons)


"One of the proudest moments of my course, was securing my placement at Dean St Studios. At first, my duties were mainly hospitality and maintenance orientated duties, but as the year progressed I was given more and more opportunities to take on recording responsibilities and to refine my technical abilities.  I started with basic sessions, such as drum tracking or vocal overdubs to eventually building complete sessions with full bands and respected clients.

"Over the course of my year I worked with a number of well established musicians, bands, engineers and producers; Carl Barat (The Libertines),Reverend and The MakersThe Fun Lovin' Criminals and Jagz Kooner (Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, Kasabian) to name a few, but I also worked on a variety of other sessions and recorded a host of different instruments, ranging from string quartets, harps and opera singers, to heavy rock, indie and dance music. Being able to adapt the studio to fit all of these various applications was one of the most valuable abilities that I learnt on my placement. It taught me to be resourceful and find creative solutions to issues, a transferable skill that's useful in a number of applications both in and out of the studio.

"Using the interpersonal skills I developed at University, I found that I got on well with everybody at the studio and quickly felt a part of the small team (the house engineer, the studio manager and one other assistant) and when it came to the end of the year I was sad to leave. Thankfully, I received great feedback from my supervisors and they have offered me a permanent paid position back at the studio when I finish my degree.

"Anyone questioning whether a placement year is worth the extra year can take my word for it that the experience gained is invaluable and is a great first step into your career after University."

Bakhtiar Amen – Computing

Bakhtiar Amen
Bakhtiar Amen

Bakhtiar Amen – Computing

Studied: Advanced Computer Science MSc
Graduated: 2013
Placement Company Name: University of Human Development
Current Employer and Job Title:
 Assistant Lecturer


The course was very interesting. The teaching and study resources were all of a very high standard, whilst the staff on campus were easy to approach and very friendly. I enjoyed spending time in the Student Union cafe and enjoyed attending entertainment and social events.

At the University I faced many interesting challenges and improved personal skills such as team working and time management

I am now an assistant lecturer at an overseas university. I would definitely recommend the University of Huddersfield; you’ll develop your skills, get a great education and be supported through your study.

Barnaby Smith – Computer Games

Barnaby Smith
Barnaby Smith

Barnaby Smith – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


"After submitting my dissertation I worked as a games programmer at Four Door Lemon in Bradford where I worked on ports of the boxed PC title International Cricket Captain 2011 to iPhone/iPad and Mac.

"Following this I moved to Neon Play in Cirencester for an exciting year where I was lead programmer on Bravo Force: Last Stand a first person shooter for iOS, which has to date over a million downloads and 7 number ones. More recently I've moved to my third games company since university, Kwalee in Leamington Spa where I'm working on an upcoming title for iOS. Kwalee is founded by David Darling (one of the founding brothers of Codemasters).

"The course was really geared for teaching both development theory and its applications. Both the core computer science modules and the game specific modules have been an invaluable learning experience which I've applied countless times to problem solving in my daily work. The team based modules allow you to work on making games with other people and approximate industry conditions which helps prepare you for what the industry is like. I had the great opportunity to work at the in-house games studio (owned by the university's commercial arm) Canalside Studios. Working at the studio with people of a similar ability meant we had a fantastic chance to develop and learn new skills. Huddersfield is really unique as a British university in that it has its own game studio that does a great job of replicating what it's really like to work in the games industry. The experience gained whether you're working at Canalside Studios, or involved with the studio or the students working there is invaluable."

Barzan Yosuf – Electrical Engineering

Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope

Barzan Yosuf – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Embedded Systems Engineering MSc


"I’ve always wanted to become an engineer.  Having asked around, I was convinced that the University of Huddersfield was the right place for me.

"My tutors have all been very helpful.   They are really approachable and I can talk to them anytime I want to.  I have greatly benefited from the way the laboratories are set up.  The theory we learn in lectures can then be put to the test using state-of-the-art hardware and software in the labs.

"In terms of my studies I use the electronics labs most of the time.  Its great having a Faith Centre on campus, it has made my life even easier as I can use it for my five times a day prayer.

"I would definitely recommend my course.  It gives you great experience of hardware and software, which is absolutely vital to an engineer.

"I am from the area so it is easy to balance out my personal life and study and if I had to describe my time at Huddersfield in one word it would be ‘great!’"

Becky Johnson – Multimedia

Rebecca Johnson
Rebecca Johnson

Becky Johnson – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


"I initially chose the University of Huddersfield because of its location, meaning I could commute from home. However, I soon realised I'd picked one of the best universities offering my course. The University is big enough to feel really vibrant but small enough to feel like you are part of a family and the staff treat you as an equal, sharing their knowledge with you rather than simply delivering it to you. You build friendly relationships with the course team and this really helps you to develop ideas that you would never have thought about before.

"The placement unit in the School of Computing and Engineering is second to none and guided me from start to finish right from my initial CV through interview tips and even more personal aspects like what to expect from the environment once there. The placement unit staff are really approachable and they have regular slots every day to talk about any aspect of securing a job and what to do afterwards.

"Because of the fantastic guidance and research the placement unit put in, I managed to secure a job working for the NHS Health Informatics Service in Huddersfield. I'm gaining so much more expertise and experience than classroom work could ever teach me. My confidence has grown and the idea of full-time work in this industry doesn't seem out of my depth. It's given me more motivation to work on my portfolio site and develop myself outside of University.

"I chose this course because I liked being creative and I was interested in the way the web worked. Now, because of my placement year, I have a career path and a possible job opportunity once I graduate. I'm really eager to start my final year and see how far I can really push myself.

"I'm enjoying everything about studying multimedia at the University of Huddersfield and would recommend it to anyone. If anything, it goes too quickly so seize the opportunities when they are thrown at you and you won't regret it."

Ben Evans – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Ben Evans
Ben Evans

Ben Evans – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


"I visited several University Open Days to get a feel for the music technology courses offered, Huddersfield was the last one that I visited and it stood out from the rest. I chose Music Technology and Audio Systems as the course was varied and it didn’t push you down a single career path, but gave you the knowledge and experience to enter a wide range of music related jobs.

"My placement year was an invaluable experience. I was appointed ‘Studio Manager’ with two other students. It was our responsibility to look after the music technology facilities and provide staff and student support. During my year the Greenroom recording studio was built and the three of us installed and wired all the equipment in the studios – an invaluable experience.

"I wanted to do the best I could, always aiming for a first. I knew the key to success was completing a strong major project, which I did, receiving an award for outstanding achievement in a major project.

"I am now working full time at the University as a Music Technology technician. My studies have directly affected where I am today. The fact that I have decided to stay in Huddersfield and work at the University shows that I think it is a great place!"

Ben Hinchliffe – Computer Games

Ben Hinchliffe
Ben Hinchliffe

Ben Hinchliffe – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)


“Huddersfield was one of the only Universities to offer a Computer Games Design course, when I joined.  We where like guinea pigs you could say, but that made the course fun, different and exciting.  I have so many highlights of my time; the people I have met, the games studio and the social life were all amazing.

“My placement, working as producer/lead designer in Canalside Studios, a commercial games company formed by the University, showed me my true potential.   I gained a greater understanding of how games are made, and knowing this was priceless when trying to find a job

“After graduation I took a job at Rockstar, the company that developed Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. I am now located in Leeds as a Junior Designer.  I have learnt so much even in the past few weeks since joining, it’s great to be part of a real games company and seeing how they work and operate. When I think about it, is there a company better then RockStar, probably not!

“If I had not studied the Games Design course at Huddersfield I would not be where I’ am today.  You get to enter games competitions to win prizes; work in the in house studio, Canalside Games, there is so much more to this course, it allows you to make games not just learn about them!”

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Ben Johannson – Automotive Engineering

Ben Johannson
Ben Johannson

Ben Johannson – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Motorsport Technology BSc(Hons)


“I applied to various universities offering similar courses to Huddersfield and attended their open days. My main requirements were the opportunity to have both a theoretical and ‘hands on’ approach to learning, as this in my opinion is the best way. My first impressions of the University of Huddersfield and the Engineering and Technology Department were excellent, and there are better than any of the other universities I visited. 

“Adapting to university life has been quite easy! All the guys I met from my course were as passionate about Motorsport as am I, and we share a lot of other common interests.  It wasn’t long before my worries about being in a different town with different people were quickly forgotten.

“Personally I have found some elements of the course a challenge.  I hadn’t studied Maths at A-level, and at first it seemed a bit daunting.  As I progressed the Maths element became tough, so I sought extra help to get me up to speed.  The academic staff are more than happy to give you the extra help required, and with their guidance, I passed the Maths module with flying colours!

“The University always stressed the importance of doing a work placement, and with the support of the Placement Unit, I found a position that really interested me.  I was lucky enough to secure a placement at BMW Mini in Oxford. My time at BMW was a huge learning curve, I soon realised there are things you just can’t learn in the lecture theatre. The skills I have gained through the placement are invaluable and have contributed heavily to my professional development.

“My proudest moment was in my final year, when I had the opportunity to join the Formula Student Team. I worked tirelessly on my dissertation project ‘the formula student car’ as I wanted to do my best for the team. As a reward for my hard work and dedication throughout the year, I was given the opportunity to drive the car at the Formula Student event in Silverstone and also go to Europe to compete. Had I not worked so hard during the year, I would never have had the opportunity to do this, so it was as especially satisfying experience for me.

“To sum up my time here at Huddersfield, if you have told me five years ago that I was going to work for BMW, meet a great set of friends, get a 2:1 in my degree; drive the Formula Student car in the UK and Europe, and then go on to be a team leader of the Formula Student Team, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

“I have noticeably changed throughout my years at Huddersfield, my confidence has grown enormously.  This is a direct result of studying engineering at this University and I would recommend the University of Huddersfield to anyone.”

Bhanu Chandar Sriram – Mechanical Engineering

Bhanu Chandar Sriram
Bhanu Chandar Sriram

Bhanu Chandar Sriram – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Management, 2007


My time at the University of Huddersfield was very enjoyable.  The resources that the University provided were great and I was able to search for the right job in right time with the guidance provided by University’s International Student Support and placement's team.

The course that I undertook was very unique at the time, the University was the only institution offering Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Management (CIMM).  The course structure was of a very high standard, and the course tutors were very helpful and provided the right guidance and advice on the subject matter.

All in all the University of Huddersfield is a great environment to be part of and I hope future students will benefit from it.

Bhanupriya Periaswamy – Electrical Engineering

Bhanupriya Periaswamy
Bhanupriya Periaswamy

Bhanupriya Periaswamy – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Embedded Systems Engineering MSc


Bhanupriya came to study at the University of Huddersfield after completing a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering.

“Originating from Chennai, India, I chose to study in the UK and at Huddersfield because the University offered me a course that would develop my skills in the area of Embedded Systems. Huddersfield, being a true Yorkshire town has strong traditions, exciting festivals and impressive architecture. Many International students study here, creating a welcoming culture around the campus.

The course itself is challenging but rewarding, the assignments that I have worked on are helpful in attaining a deeper knowledge of the subject area and the tutors, Dr Mehrdadi, Dr Holmes and Dr Mather are all approachable, and have guided me throughout my studies.

When I finish I am hoping to secure employment in the UK and am currently using the University’s Careers service to help me in this process.

Bilal Ejaz – Computing

Bilal Ejaz
Bilal Ejaz

Bilal Ejaz – Computing

Studied: Computing Science BSc(Hons)


Bilal  came to Huddersfield as a mature student and now works as a Software Test Developer for Barclays.

At Barclays, I work with web and mobile applications including Android, Java, Geb, Gradle, Jython, JQuery, and Groovy.

As well as this, I have been working on PingIT with an eye to developing a framework which works on both mobile platforms and the web. I have also gained experience in TDD and developed further skills in Cucumber and Spock so I have really increased my experience of writing testable code,

On mobile platforms I am using SeeTest and working closely with developers and test teams, so I am really enhancing my skills.

Studying at Huddersfield was an amazing and challenging experience; the staff are great and everyone is really friendly. Don’t think twice about studying,  enjoy your time at university.

Burhanuddin Mohammed – Electrical Engineering

Burhanuddin Mohammed
Burhanuddin Mohammed

Burhanuddin Mohammed – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc


Originating from Hyderabad, India, Burhan completed his first degree in Instrumentation Engineering and wanted to continue with an MSc that would follow the same stream and provide highly competitive modules that would form a straight fit to process and controls industries requirements.

Burhan chose to study an MSc in Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation. He chose to study in the UK because the MSc is offered as a one year course and he gains a one year work permit on completion. He chose the University of Huddersfield because the course was right for him, the fees were reasonable, the cost of living is good and there are a variety of jobs on and off the campus.

He says ‘Huddersfield is one of the best towns in the UK with people of all different cultures and backgrounds. There are excellent campus facilities, good transportation and the cost of living is low. With the strong support from tutors', financial departments and the students union, you are am able to complete your studies easily’.

When Burhan completed his MSc he went straight into employment with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications as a Software Consultant. Now he is working for Siemens VGI Metal Technologies, as an Assistant Project Engineer in Sheffield. He says ‘ It is great to work for Siemens as they undertake projects in controls and instrumentation and couldn’t of asked for a more perfect job!’

Callum Blanchfield – Popular Music Production BSc

Callum Blanchfield
Callum Blanchfield

Callum Blanchfield – Popular Music Production BSc

Studied: Popular Music Production BSc(Hons)


When I had to choose which university to attend, Open Days were very influential. The University of Huddersfield stood out to me as a good all-rounder with great staff, an interesting course and top quality campus facilities. 

I really enjoyed that my course was very ‘hands on’ with access to top quality audio equipment and software which would be used in the professional environment. It was great for us to be taught by lecturers that have had real life experience in the industry as well.

My course covered a wide area of subjects from live sound to studio recording to radio production and beyond. This gave me a great overview and has helped me to decide which area I would like to focus on in the future. In addition to the practical modules there were also several which dealt with other issues such as the business behind the industry and what influence the internet has. An understanding of these aspects really helps me apply the practical skills learnt more effectively. 

My work placement gave me real-life experience in live sound engineering and I got the opportunity to put into practice what I had learnt on the previous two years of the course. As a person I have become more confident in communicating with others, but I have also gained a lot of confidence in the practical skills that I have. I think this really enhances my CV and gives me something valuable to talk about when applying for music jobs.

Now I have graduated I would like to work in live music; I am currently an intern at a music management company working as an assistant to a booking agent. This involves organising and contracting shows for acts, as well as tracking ticket sales, doing budgets for tours and organising transport, etc. I am doing some live sound engineering with various companies, one of which has carried on since finishing my placement year. I’m hoping to continue doing this and secure a full-time position in the industry.

My proudest moment was definitely completing my dissertation and getting it printed and bound with the support and help of my friends. Seeing it completed made all the hard work in final year worth it!

Charlie Marsden – Popular Music Production BSc

Charlie Marsden
Charlie Marsden

Charlie Marsden – Popular Music Production BSc

Studied: Popular Music Production BSc(Hons)


Charlie is currently studying a Popular Music Production degree at Huddersfield. He finds the facilities for his course to be second to none and the kind of thing you would expect in industry. He has been able to join a band whilst at University which was one of his goals. Charlie finds the support of the tutors to be superb and their real-world experience ensures that students get the best possible advice. His work placement at the University has provided him with the skills he can transfer into a future career.


Video Transcription:

"My name is Charlie Marsden and I’m on Popular Music Production BA. The facilities for my course are... well they’re pretty amazing really! The studios are second to none and their all professional standard. The equipment that you use here, you will expect to use in the industry and this is something that really did draw me to the course. The best thing about my course for me is the fact that I have a performance module. In this module I basically get to be in a band, in my first year I was in an acoustic band. In my second year I was in a funk band and for me, I’ve always wanted to perform with a really good band and the tutors help you shape the band and help you develop. The tutors for me have been very supportive and you do get to know them more as friends at certain points. You can just have a chat with them and they have a lot of very interesting stories to tell because they’re industry experienced. The tutors get on very well with all of the students and it really does help... help your learning process because you feel a lot more relaxed.

"I’m currently on a work placement in the music tech studios, in the Engineering block. I basically tell students how to the use the studios, if they are stuck. If something breaks, I have to come and fix it. We run the day in and day out maintenance of the studios and any equipment that the students want; they have to scan out through us, so that we know where the equipment is.

"I recommend this course to other people, purely because it’s just awesome, but at the same time the facilities we have here are really, really good and I don’t think I’d ever pass up the opportunity to be able to use them."

Chino Caven Uzoka – Mechanical Engineering

Chino Caven Uzoka
Chino Caven Uzoka

Chino Caven Uzoka – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Management MSc
Home Country: Nigeria


I chose the University of Huddersfield because it had an excellent global reputation for student satisfaction and came highly recommended for the course I intended to study.

Before applying to the University, I had an Engineering Bachelors degree and acquired some certifications in management courses. This enabled me to understand the important relationship between management principles and Engineering in the organizational framework. Eventually I decided to take up a Masters degree in Engineering Management to become well-grounded in the field.

The Engineering Management MSc course involves a unique blend of technical and business oriented modules delivered through lectures, discussions and practical experiments with major focus on control of industrial situations. I particularly like the fact that every module offers something practicable in the real world, the staff are also quite friendly and find time to assist students, often sharing the wealth of knowledge they have acquired over the years from experience in academia and industry.

My ability to adapt easily is partly due to my enthusiasm in researching all the facts about the town and some of the cultural differences before coming. By the time I was here, it all seemed natural already. 

After my studies I intend to pursue more opportunities to build on what I have already learnt and aspire to more management roles in the future.

I believe the skills I have acquired on this course will go a long way to increase my ability to be dynamic in making strategic decisions and finding solutions to situations concerning a wider range of challenges across many Engineering Industries both now and in the future.

The town is beautiful and serene. There are loads of exciting things to see, do and enjoy. It is a culturally diverse town and people from other nations come together during festivals offering new opportunities to learn about their cultural values. Also, the cities of Manchester and Leeds are very close making it relatively easy to commute between both major cities.

My Advice: Huddersfield is an interesting place to study. There are amazing resources and facilities in the University to help make your learning process a whole lot easier and so much fun. More importantly, you still have access to most of these resources via the portal off-campus. Contact your Librarians to find out what they are. Do not hesitate to ask your tutors and other staff for assistance when necessary, they are mostly always willing to help. You can be the best you can by believing in your ability.

I feel a lot more confident being able to effectively lead, innovate and participate in bringing about visible improvement in a tremendous and highly professional manner.

My time at the University of Huddersfield was ‘Phenomenal’.

Chris Dale – Popular Music Production BSc

Chris Dale
Chris Dale

Chris Dale – Popular Music Production BSc

Studied: Popular Music Production BSc(Hons)


“I made my decision on where I wanted to study based on the quality of the facilities and the expertise of the staff. What impressed me about the University of Huddersfield was the emphasis on the music studios being designed for teaching, with identical state-of-the-art equipment available in multiple rooms and a continuous investment in improving facilities.

“I enjoyed the practical side of the course the most - the studio and live sound work, as that was always what I was most interested in pursuing as a career. The course gave me my first introduction to a live sound setup and taught me everything I needed to know in order to start working in the industry.

“I decided to take a year out in place of the placement year. I secured a job as a sound engineer mostly working in a small room of Nottingham Rock City, for DHP Promotions, who own several venues in Nottingham and put on gigs around the country.

“After graduating from University I went straight back to work in the same position.  I worked my way up the hierarchy of engineers until recently being promoted to Senior Systems Technician. I am now primarily working in DHP Promotions’ biggest venue, the main room of Rock City, as featured in many trade magazines, which is a 1900 capacity room with a brand new PA system installed. The venue attracts some of the biggest touring acts across all genres and is giving me fantastic experience.  It has also allowed me to learn and get involved with other aspects of the live music industry, such as lighting, visuals and stage management. 

“The knowledge you gain coupled with the practical skills that are developed at the University of Huddersfield are all qualities that any employer will look for. It is also an experience that is valuable for life in general, a fantastic introduction to being independent and thinking for yourself, it makes a big difference to your character.” 

Chris Gibson – Automotive Engineering

Chris Gibson
Chris Gibson

Chris Gibson – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive Engineering MEng


"I had high expectations before I started, as I heard only good things about BAE Systems’ Graduate and Undergraduate setup. I can say now, going into month nine that all my expectations have been fulfilled.

"I have worked my way through reliability to design to trials, and getting involved in other essential types of engineering along the way. The thing that has surprised me the most is that I am treated as a normal employee, being given responsibilities in high-pressure situations, and being asked for my opinions despite my apparent lack of experience.

"Whilst working on reliability trials, I was one of the links between our trials team and the customer. If any unplanned incidents were to occur, it was my job to collate the relevant data and record a report for our database. 

"Some of these incidents would determine whether or not the vehicles would be successful during the trials, so I had to ensure that all the data was as accurate as it could be, and presented in a way that was clear to both BAE Systems and the customer. 

"I consider this to be my greatest challenge so far, as I had to work in a high-pressure environment, and ensure that I didn’t make any mistakes which could hinder the progress of the vehicles during the trial stages.

"After that, I became a design engineer on a relatively new project, yet to go into production. Using information I retrieved from various engineers on the project I had to design a new method of bearing pin anti-rotation, as the previous design had failed. I found this a very interesting project, as in order to work towards my goal I had to network with a series of different engineers and technicians to ask for help. In doing this, their experience and knowledge greatly improved mine.

"My career path then led me to where I am now, a Trials Engineer. I am responsible for analysing data from Titan Hydraulic Investigations, and collating it so the whole team knows what stage the investigations are at. Again, this is highly interesting as I get to be with the vehicles on a day-to-day basis and I get a chance to see how the vehicles are performing.

"I would say my most notable achievement to date is helping the Trojan vehicles pass reliability trials. For the future, I hope to have successfully completed my degree, returned to BAE Systems and completed my Graduate Development Framework. By that time I could be well on my way to a successful career within the company."


Chris is currently on placement at BAE Systems.

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Chris Gorrod – Multimedia

Chris Gorrod
Chris Gorrod

Chris Gorrod – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


Meet Chris (that's him to the left). He tells it as it is so we thought we'd ask him to describe, in his own words, what it's like to study at Huddersfield.

What are your career ambitions – in what way did these influence your decision to come and study at Huddersfield?
My ambition is to become a web or user interface designer for an agency. I chose to come to Huddersfield because of the excellent placement opportunities and the fact that the tutors bring real world experience to projects and ideas. 

Tell us a bit about the teaching methods on your course? Has it been the right mix of exams/course/research/groups work? 
My course is 100% coursework with modules requiring different methods of study; for example each year there is a group module in which we have to work as a team to create a product in a certain timescale, effectively replicating industry and their standards.

What are your favourite facilities on campus and why? (library, class rooms, buildings and equipment)
The state of the art computer rooms in Canalside West are great. Having access to all the latest software and programs that are used in industry 24/7 is amazing. The resources available to you in the library are also second to none.

Considering the new fees being introduced next year. Would you say the University of Huddersfield offers value for money?
Yes, the expertise of the staff and tutors is extremely valuable and the facilities available are unreal. The University is also investing a lot of money into developing a fantastic campus where students actually enjoy being which creates a great vibe.

Are you happy at the University of Huddersfield? What do you like the most?

I'm very happy Huddersfield. I really feels as though you're a part of a close knit community and the fact that there is always money being invested into creating a modern campus means it is a great place to be.

Where is your favourite place to hang out on campus?
The coffee shops on campus are a good place to sit and study or have a chat. The Students' Union bar is also a good and cheap place to hang out.

What do think of Huddersfield as a town? Where do you like to go for food/drink/shopping?

It's a great town with plenty to do day and night. There's a vibrant sporting community with Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants just down the road or fantastic countryside for walking.

Chris Polmear – Automotive Engineering

Chris Polmear
Chris Polmear

Chris Polmear – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive Engineering MEng


“The knowledge learned during my studies at Huddersfield gave me a solid basis for the work that I am now involved with. The most valuable part of my university experience was my industrial placement at BMW Mini. This gave me real experience working in the industry I was aiming for, in a similar job role to what I do now.  I would not have gained such a useful placement without the massive help and advice from the Placement Unit at the University of Huddersfield. I would advise anyone looking at more vocational courses to look at University placement departments very closely; to ensure that they can help them get a ‘foot in the door’ of their chosen industry.”

Chris Smith – Computing

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

Chris Smith – Computing

Studied: Software Engineering BSc(Hons)


So, what made you choose to study Software Development at Huddersfield?
From what I saw at the open day the lecturers are genuinely interested in the students they are teaching – a lot of pride was taken in the work of the students.

How would you rate the course content and modules?
There are some really interesting modules coupled with great lecturers. This course is much more than just teaching you to program. It teaches you the theories behind it, the logic. No matter where you aim to be, or how you end up in industry, there is a module on it that will prepare you for that position.

Have you opted for a work placement? If so, how has this benefited you?
I will be taking a year out next year. It’s given me a goal to aim for – something more immediate and closer than graduation.

How would you rate the facilities relative for your course?
The facilities here are really good. The equipment is always being updated and the class rooms and buildings are always clean and operational. As in ‘real life’ computers break down – there is either another computer available or a technician will fix it on the spot. What more can you ask for?

What do you think of the teaching staff?
The teaching staff are really friendly and always on hand to help with any problems or queries you have.

What career plans do you have when you graduate?
I plan to go into the information learning technologies area, however I wouldn’t say no to a job in  database administration, multimedia production or web application development.

Would you recommend the University of Huddersfield to others?
Yes I already have, to my sister who is looking for a degree course and Huddersfield is top of her list.

Christian Young – Automotive Engineering

Christian Young
Christian Young

Christian Young – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive Design MEng


So, what made you choose to study Automotive Design at Huddersfield?
I want to work as a Design Engineer in the defence sector and although defence engineering is a very specialist subject, good design principles are universal. I am also very interested in automotive engineering and Huddersfield has an excellent reputation as an engineering University, particularly in automotive and motorsport engineering.

What about Huddersfield as a location?
Huddersfield is a great town, all the amenities are within walking distance and there are all the shops you need for day to day living. There’s a great social scene in Huddersfield with several good pubs and clubs.

How would you rate the course content and modules?
The course is well structured and much of the coursework is done as peer assessed group projects. This is good preparation for a career in engineering. The assignments and exams are distributed throughout the year so that the workload is manageable.

Have you opted for a work placement, if so, how has this benefited you?
I secured a placement at BAE Systems. I was very well supported by the placement unit in preparing for my interview and assessment. I enjoyed the year I spent in industry and it gave me an  opportunity to apply what I had learned.

How would you rate the facilities for your course?
The engineering facilities are great and the buildings themselves are very stylish. Being converted  mills the rooms are large and airy and a great place to study.

What do you think of the teaching staff ?
My tutors have all been very supportive and are very knowledgeable in their fields. Most of them have a wealth of industrial experience with several still providing consultancy services to the industrial sector.

What career plans do you have when you graduate?
Since returning from placement I have been offered sponsorship and a place on the BAE Systems Graduate Scheme. This allows me to concentrate on my studies as I don’t have to worry about finding a job when I finish my course.

Would you recommend the University of Huddersfield to others?
It has been a fantastic experience and I have learned so much that will be useful in later life. The course is providing me with exactly the skills I will need to be successful in the industry.

Dale Johnson – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Dale Johnson
Dale Johnson

Dale Johnson – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


Meet Dale (that's him to the left). He tells it as it is so we thought we'd ask him to describe, in his own words, what it's like to study at Huddersfield.

What are your career ambitions – in what way did these influence your decision to come and study at Huddersfield?
I want to become a hardware/software developer in music technology industry. I was very impressed with the studio facilities at Huddersfield so chose to come here.

What are your favourite facilities on campus and why? (library, class rooms, buildings and equipment)
My favourite facilities are the studios, the library and the electronics lab. I don't have access to these kind of facilities at home and I make use of them as much as I can, I think they're very well designed and professional.

Considering the new fees being introduced next year. Would you say the University of Huddersfield offers value for money?
I think so;  you'll really get the most out of it and enjoy the experience. The University equips us with skills that are both practical and theoretical, giving us the best possible chance of getting a good career. I definitely think it's good value for money.

Are you happy at the University of Huddersfield? What do you like the most?
I'm very happy here. I like the overall atmosphere, it's a nice place to learn new things. It's good that it's near the centre of the town as well so you don't have to travel far to get to the places you want to be.

Where is your favourite place to hang out on campus?
I like hanging out in the SU, particularly the café because the coffee is great and it's a nice place to chill with friends between lectures.

What do think of Huddersfield as a town? Where do you like to go for food/drink/shopping?

Huddersfield is a nice town, busy and lively. I have a favourite local bar that's small and cosy, with lots of drinks from all over the world so it has something for everyone depending on their tastes, plus the atmosphere is great and the staff are friendly. The Byram Arcade is a fantastic shopping venue in an old Victorian building. It has a lot of niche clothing shops that sell things you just would not find anywhere else.

Dan Briggs – Automotive Engineering

Dan Briggs
Dan Briggs

Dan Briggs – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng


Dan is currently studying for a degree in Automotive Engineering at Huddersfield and is part of the award-winning Formula Student Team at the University. He took a placement year at Airbus which has provided him with invaluable experience which he has been able to apply to his studies. His favourite aspect of the course is being part of Team HARE which gives him the opportunity to build, race and service a Formula Student race car, providing real world skills which will help with his future career.

Daniel Fozard – Information Systems

Daniel Fozard
Daniel Fozard

Daniel Fozard – Information Systems

Studied: Information and Communication Technology BSc(Hons)


“For my final year project, one of my lecturers introduced me to Polyseam, a sealant and adhesive manufacturer.  This opportunity to work on a real project for a real company was invaluable and paved the way to where I am today.

“When I graduated I gained a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) position at Polyseam.  This was a great experience and two years on, I am now Polyseam’s Systems and IT Manager. A position I would never have achieved without studying at the University of Huddersfield.”

Daniel Wootton – Multimedia

Daniel Wootton
Daniel Wootton

Daniel Wootton – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


"I chose the University of Huddersfield as the buildings looked high tech and modern and it's also set in beautiful surroundings where  I could see myself fitting into student life very easily.

"I chose the course as it sounded different and fun as well as being of interest to me.  I could see a lot of scope in terms of employment when I graduate.   I have always wanted to work  with computers and this course has shown me how, it has allowed me to delve into lots of different areas.

"The course content is very relevant to the modern era and it changes year by year to keep up-to-date e.g. the conversion from flash animation to HTML5 animation.  My favourite module is Visual Design as it gets my creative juices flowing because I can experiment with different styles as well as build my skills with the Adobe packages.

"I am currently on my placement based in the School of Computing and Engineering, I've been here just over a month and I already feel an integral member of the team.  I am building on my skills with the Adobe packages and creating good relationships with staff.  I am already feeling very enthusiastic about going into my final year as I feel more confident in myself as a website designer.

"The facilities are great as the entire campus has access to the internet giving me constant contact with the web whenever I need it.  

"The teaching staff are very informal which makes it easy to build up a relationship with them. They are always there to offer help and advice when you need it and explain things in a clear manner that allows you to understand the topics discussed.

"I like the idea of becoming a web designer or developer but I'm still not sure as this course offers so many potential careers.  I am building my confidence with visual design and could possibly go into graphic design.  Other interests of mine include marketing and both my placement and my course allow for good experience with this.

"If you enjoy working with computers and want to allow for lots of possible career opportunities then this is the course for you. I'm really enjoying it and don't want it to finish!"

Dave Samson – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Dave Samson
Dave Samson

Dave Samson – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


Dave talks about how his placement at the University gave him the chance to get involved with the facilities...


Video Transcript:

"Hi my name is Dave Samson, I’m a Music Technology and Audio Systems student who’s currently on placement during my third year of a four year sandwich course. I secured a placement in the University tech support for the recording studios here.

"What really appealed to me about this was the chance to help with the facilities and getting involved with the facilities and become a part of the course, if you will. I’m getting valuable experience helping students out and teaching students new things, which I hope is going to stand me in good stead for my final year."

Dean Tansley – Electrical Engineering

Dean Tansley
Dean Tansley

Dean Tansley – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Electrical Engineering MEng


So, what made you choose to study Electronic Engineering at Huddersfield?

After doing some research I attended an open day and was very impressed by the lecturers, the students and the surrounding scenery that gives the University its unique personality.

What about Huddersfield as a location?
I really like it because I found the course interesting and the location intriguing.

How would you rate the course content and modules?
Each lecturer has a different approach with industrial and research experience. We are taught in mainly small to medium size groups and practical exercises give us a chance to work both independently and in groups.

Have you opted for a work placement? If so, how has this benefited you?
Yes, the experience gained on placement has been greatly beneficial to me in terms of knowing what career I want to have and what things I can see myself doing later on in life. A placement is a great opportunity to experience life and work as an engineer.

How would you rate the facilities for your course?
I find the facilities are of a very high standard. I like the Electronic labs because I get to see what other people are making and it’s very interesting to learn from my peers.

What do you think of the teaching staff?
My lecturers are very approachable and enthusiastic. If you are struggling, they are always happy to help.

What career plans do you have when you graduate?
I aim to gain research experience and contribute towards solving some of the energy problems currently facing us. In particular the generation and distribution of green energy most interests me.

Would you recommend the University of Huddersfield to others?
Yes, I would as I think it’s fantastic!

Djoni Ashari – Electrical Engineering

Djoni Ashari
Djoni Ashari

Djoni Ashari – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc


“I originally studied at the University of Huddersfield in 1986 and later returned to Indonesia to work. I am currently working as a lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering but feel I can further my skills and ability by completing a Master’s degree.

“It’s my first time back to Huddersfield since 1989 and I was very impressed and amazed at the campus transformation. New hi-tech buildings have now been built and the facilities are amazing. I have also noticed that there is a vast amount of professoriate and a good mix of international students now at Huddersfield.

“90% of the campus is unrecognisable to me as it has changed so much. There are now much better facilities and the library is much better with state of the art technology and equipment.

“Huddersfield is relatively cheap in living costs and is a pleasant place to come and study.”

Dominic Rowan – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Dominic Rowan
Dominic Rowan

Dominic Rowan – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


Dominic talks about his final year project and his experience at University...


Video Transcript:

"Hi, my name is Dominic Rowan and I study Music Technology and Audio Systems. I chose Huddersfield mainly because of the way the assessments were based, which suited my learning style and the enthusiasm every time I met any of the lecturers; they all seemed to absolutely love the course and really want to put across what they know.

"The facilities here are second to none. I mean I went round lots of Uni’s to see where I wanted to go and the studio equipment here is fantastic and anything I’ve asked for, with relation to my project, the studio techs have been able to fulfil it for me, so it’s been great.

"My individual project in my final year was an investigation into how compression parameters manipulate human perception of loudness. So there were two methods of testing, we had some objective tests using a broadcast standard which levels of all the media that you’ll hear, like radio will be levelled using this measurement and then we supported it with a subjective test, where you set a listening test and provided a set of listeners samples of different compression parameters applied, so using these and a basic scale, you could get the listeners to say if samples were louder or quieter in comparison and then from the results perform some statistical analysis and find out whether the subjective accolated with the objective.

"What I found was when considering temporal compression parameters, the objective measurement was insufficient for matching the human perception of loudness so what we’ve found out is we currently can’t explain a full reason why humans perceived compressed samples louder than uncompressed samples.

"The project was really well structured, it had a lot of help along the way, individual meetings with the project tutor and they really let you lead, they let you run with it. If you have an idea, they’ll guide you in the right direction and it’s an individual project in every sense of the word.

"From my placement year, I’ve managed to accept a job in the broadcast industry, so hopefully I’m going to go into project engineering and then project management, within broadcast technology. I think my student experience was pretty standard as experiences go. There’s a whole lot to do around Huddersfield and a whole lot of nice bars to go to. So, apart from the work it was great!"

 

Dominic Sheard – Computer Games

Dominic Sheard
Dominic Sheard

Dominic Sheard – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


Meet Dominic (that's him to the left). He tells it as it is so we thought we'd ask him to describe, in his own words, what it's like to study at Huddersfield.

What are your career ambitions – in what way did these influence your decision to come and study at Huddersfield?
I've always been into video games and wanted to be part of the gaming industry. I heard that Huddersfield featured one of the best games programming courses in the country, so it was a no brainer to apply.

Tell us a bit about the teaching methods on your course? Has it been the right mix of exams/course/research/groups work? 
The course doesn't include many exams – thankfully. I'm not the biggest fan of exams, so getting to do more coursework is a plus in my book.  There is a module dedicated to teamwork, which pairs you with students from another course and you work together to produce a video game. It's one of the most fun and exciting modules to take part in due to the nature of the group work.

What are your favourite facilities on campus and why? (library, class rooms, buildings and equipment)
The sheer amount of computers available is fantastic and having access to well-equipped labs and software lets me keep working outside of my timetable, whether it's an assignment or a piece of programming work. For relaxation, going to the Student Union bar with a few friends is always pleasant.

Considering the new fees being introduced next year. Would you say the University of Huddersfield offers value for money?
My course has definitely been worth it. There's a reason why Huddersfield is considered one of the best places to study if you want a career in video games and that's because of the fantastic facilities and tutors that go out of their way to help you reach your full potential.

Are you happy at the University of Huddersfield? What do you like the most?
Extremely happy because there's such a friendly vibe around the campus. What I like most about being here is that I've met some fantastic people that I have become great friends with, and they all have the same interest as me. It's wonderful!

Where is your favourite place to hang out on campus?
In the common room on the ground floor of Canalside West. It's a nice place to hang with friends during downtime.

Duane Laverick – Information Systems

Duane Laverick
Duane Laverick

Duane Laverick – Information Systems

Studied: Information and Communication Technology BSc(Hons)
Graduated: 2013
Placement Company Name: University of Huddersfield School of Human and Health Sciences
Current Employer and Job Title: MAKE (Huddersfield - makeonline.co.uk) Web Developer


Deciding which University to come to was an easy decision for me. Being married and a mature student, it made sense to come to the University of Huddersfield, not only because it was convenient but because of its sterling reputation for teaching and learning.

One highlight of being part of the University of Huddersfield is the Sudents Union, where me and two friends created a Gaming Society, called F.R.A.G, that is now one of the most popular societies there! This was great fun and a great way to relax

The part of my course that I enjoyed the most was my placement year. I did my placement with the School of Human and Health Sciences in the Learning Technology Support Unit.

This gave me some great insight into what working within the industry would be like and what I should expect in the future. Not only did I learn a lot from this experience but also I got some great friends from it to!

Since finishing university I have started a new limited company called BibRef, which helps students reference their materials for academic work. I formed this company with another Alumni and a current 3rd year student at Huddersfield.

What started out as a piece of portfolio/learning exercise has developed into a viable business and keep us all very busy in our spare time.

After graduating in July I have taken a full time job for a local Digital Agency in Huddersfield called MAKE. I am the new junior developer and deal with a number of key areas in the business such as PHP development, database management and front-end development. 
My studies at the University of Huddersfield have enabled my to procure what is arguably my dream job and the whole reason in why I came to University in the first place.  As an added bonus I got some really great friendships out of my studies.

My advice to students attending Huddersfield would be to make the most of every moment, join a society or sports team, and make use of all the services provided by the University and work hard at your studies.

Elizabeth Iyinbor – Computing

Elizabeth Iyinbor
Elizabeth Iyinbor

Elizabeth Iyinbor – Computing

Studied: Computing Science BSc(Hons)


Elizabeth Iyinbor from Nigeria is studying Computing Science at the University she says

“This really puts Huddersfield on the map. Everybody knows the Guardian league tables and it makes me feel a whole lot better knowing I am about to graduate from a reputable University. My course is one of many that offer a paid work placement which is a major benefit of studying at Huddersfield. It was a great experience that I would never forget in a hurry and I have made great contacts for life as well as improved my CV which would help me get a better job placement than if I had not gone on the work experience programme.” 

Elliot Smith – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Elliot Smith
Elliot Smith

Elliot Smith – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


Elliot is studying a Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons) degree. He says his course is awesome because it prepares him to work in the industry. He chose the University of Huddersfield because of the course content and the excellent facilities such as the studios which he saw on an Open Day. Elliot says there's a lot of areas to go into when he graduates and his lecturers have really good industry experience.


Video Transcript:

"I'm Elliot James Smith and I’m studying Music Technology and Audio Systems. My course is awesome because it does arm you with a lot of different tools to be able to go out into the industry. I chose Huddersfield because I came to the Open Days and the facilities I noticed were really good, especially the studios. The studios are excellent here and the course content I thought would be best for me because it would leave a lot of doors open in the industry.

"We do live music production, we do recording, and we do mixing for our final year. We do programming, we do a lot of things and there are a lot of areas that you can go into from graduating from Music Technology and Audio Systems.

"Lecturers are really good and have a lot of industry experience, so they know what they’re talking about and it’s not just theoretical, they’ve worked in the industry and worked with some pretty amazing companies and people.

"Teaching methods are very mixed between theory and practical. On my course specifically, we have usually a lecture and a lab for each module so you get a good mix of actually putting your theoretical knowledge to use.

"Placement opportunities were amazing, I went to Germany. I know a lot of the people on my course did placements and I think it really arms you well for industry. A lot of the stuff I did on placement, I’m concentrating on for my final year project.

"Obviously, you’ve got to work hard, especially in final year. I usually try to keep all of my work within the week and then the weekend I’ll sort of hang out and drink a few beers and see friends and go to a few bars in Huddersfield. Huddersfield is pretty good for a social scene, especially for the music because obviously with Leeds and Manchester being right next door, you get a lot of bands coming here and they’re a lot of amazing bands actually in Huddersfield itself."

Ellis Wicks – Engineering

Ellis Wicks
Ellis Wicks

Ellis Wicks – Engineering

Studied: Engineering Foundation Year/Year 0


"I visited the Queensgate campus on Open Day and after hearing great things about the University, I chose to apply.  I live in the local area, which gave me a basic understanding of the University and the courses that it offers.

"My passions include Engineering, Mechanics and Science and therefore my current course suited me perfectly.  It is a very attractive University and one that I am happy to visit every day. The course content is perfect for a budding engineer such as me, as it provides a solid grounding of Maths and Physics, which are vital for progression within the industry.

"I rate my course content and modules highly.  As well as being very interesting and involving, the content is challenging which I think is ideal and I now look forward to every lecture, as well as feeling that I have learnt something new every day.   My favourite modules are Engineering Investigative Studies, which includes technical drawing and basic engineering skills, and Foundation Mathematics as as, having completed my Mathematics GCSE at grade A, I have enjoyed picking the subject back up again.

"I think the facilities available for students on the course are ideal.  I spend the majority of my time in Canalside East and West and this is fantastic as the buildings have great character and are ideal areas for learning.

"The teaching staff are very helpful and friendly and have a great sense of humour, which I think is important.  As well as this, they are very experienced in their field of expertise and this gives you confidence. 

"I hope to find work in an Engineering company when I leave, using experience and knowledge that I will gain throughout my education at the University of Huddersfield."

Faisal Manga – Computing

Faisal Manga
Faisal Manga

Faisal Manga – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


"I decided the University of Huddersfield was my preferred option, as the course matched what I was looking for and seemed to mirror my future plans.

"The Master's course is coursework based, there are no exams. Most of the modules make you focus on research and portraying your findings in assignments.   There are a few modules which focus on group exercises, that can bring out the best in people and get you used to what skills and knowledge other people possess.  The course has a variety of modules which have been useful to me, whether it is change and project management or information systems management, all these modules relate to my work in the future.

"I like the Canalside West building which I am currently studying in. I like the classrooms as well as the equipment which the University provides.  As computing students we get to use some of the latest software and hardware and the University has Apple Mac's which are really good, as it gives us an opportunity to try out different operating systems, rather than using the standard windows, you get to try Apple products.

"The tutors are very friendly and welcoming.  As I am an undergraduate student previously, I have experience with these tutors's. The tutors are always there for you, if you have a query the tutors are always keen to give you hand, they even hold drop-in sessions so you can go to their office and visit them if you have any queries.

"I would recommend this course for those who have done IT or IT business related courses at undergraduate level and aspiring to become managers or IT consultants in the future. There is a lot to be learnt, some of the knowledge and information is very valuable and can be applied in most fields.  

"I have enjoyed the way the tutors have taught their modules over the years, I have learned so much in these years, and I hope this knowledge and information can be applied into my professional career in the future."

Florian Solms – Mechanical Engineering

Florian Solms
Florian Solms

Florian Solms – Mechanical Engineering

Florian Solms - studying Mechatronics and Microsystem Techniques at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences.

"Before I started my studies in 2008, I did an apprenticeship in Mechatronics at a big industrial estate in Frankfurt.

"The mechatronics course at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences is an interesting mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experience across a range of mechanical, electrical and IT issues.

 "I came to the University of Huddersfield on work placement as placements are  compulsory with the mechatronics course.  Usually they are completed at German companies or in the mechatronic labs of our University.

"I was always interested in a placement abroad, but never had the right opportunity during my studies.  I contacted David Bryant at the University of Huddersfield and we looked at the opportunities Huddersfield can provide.  With the help of the ERASMUS scheme I managed to get a scholarship to assist me with living costs in Germany and the UK.

"Adapting to life in the UK is an ongoing process because there are many differences in culture and the way of life. One of the challenges was finding accommodation but the University provided me with help and information and within two days I had found a suitable place to live.

"When I'm not studying I spend my time playing sports, meeting people, reading and exploring the Huddersfield area.

"After finishing my studies I plan to find a job as an engineer in Germany.  I think my time in the UK will benefit my career as I've learnt new ways of facing problems and situations. It helps me to adapt to new conditions and environments and has made me more open minded. It has also helped me to improve my language skills.

I would advise everyone who is thinking about studying abroad to take the plunge, as it's well worth the effort!"

Fred Hollingsworth – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Fred Hollingsworth
Fred Hollingsworth

Fred Hollingsworth – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


"I chose Huddersfield because I was looking for a technical course that involved music. I looked at many courses at different institutions and decided that Music Technology and Audio Systems was the correct course for me due to the breadth of subject matter it offered, the high standards of teaching and the excellence of the facilities.

"What really sealed the deal, though, was spending a weekend with a friend who was already at the University. Getting a taste of Huddersfield life whetted my appetite and made me desperate to return.

"The thing I enjoyed the most about the course was that it was so varied. Each module builds to create a wealth of knowledge about all areas of music technology, from the structure of the music industry to the inner working of DSP chips via composition, live sound and programming your own DAW.

"It’s so hard to pick one highlight of the four years I spent in Huddersfield, though I suppose one of the major ones was getting involved with Oxjam, a charity music festival which happens across the country, organised by volunteers and all working for the charity Oxfam. I spent 3 years working with Oxjam whilst at university and for two of those I ran all of the production, organisation and contracts for more than 50 bands across 6 venues. I was also featured in the Independent’s Student Supplement for my involvement.

"Dissertation writing is always hard, no matter how well you know your subject matter. The best way I found to deal with it was to make a grand plan of what to do and follow it working from heading and sub-heading bullet points and expanding these until the finished piece of work takes shape.

"Living on your own, gaining new friends, being responsible for how you learn and generally living your life in the way you want to all help you grow. I think it’s impossible to go to university and come out unchanged and I don’t know a single person who isn’t better for it.

"I started a permanent job working as a Music Technician at Newcastle University, taking care of the recording studios, doing sound for performances and installations and supporting students immediately after finishing my degree. I have also been freelancing as a sound engineer in my free time.

"I am responsible for the running of the music studios, any technical requirements of students and staff, setting up audio equipment for sonic installations and concerts, improving the facilities, making sure computer systems are operational and a whole host of other things. I love every minute of it – the hours are quite flexible (especially over summer) so I can take on other work and the perks of the job are fantastic.

"My studies gave me the knowledge to be able to perform any job in the music industry. I couldn’t be where I am now without my degree – nor the experience my degree gave me the time to get.

"Your studies are important but (particularly if you are going into a vocational industry) make sure you get plenty of work experience. Getting lots of experience is the only way to get a job these days and employers are on the lookout for those who have already proven themselves."

Gabriel Dwumah – Computing

Gabriel Dwumah
Gabriel Dwumah

Gabriel Dwumah – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc
Graduated: 2008
Current Employer and Job Title: Ghana Technology University College; Lecturer & Coordinator for the Informatics Faculty (Takoradi Campus)


Before coming to study at the University of Huddersfield I lived in Yamfo in Ghana. I first heard of the University from word of mouth through a friend, and chose Huddersfield as I was touched by the University’s ‘brand’ ‘INSPIRING TOMORROW’S PROFESSIONALS’.

What I enjoyed most about my course is its link to the corporate bodies, the modern resource environment and its industry focus and the effective support and understanding of staff such as Julie Wilkinson.

My time at the University was really fun, it was tough at times combining a full time family life with a full time student life but I managed to be on top of it. My studies have allowed me to exhibit excellent leadership and managerial skills which I can apply to any role.

I have now moved back to Ghana with my family and am currently a full time University Lecturer and Coordinator for the Informatics Faculty of Ghana Technology University College at the Takoradi Campus.

The university has a lot to offer to prospective students, I would advise prospective students to go ahead and pursue their studies.

Glen ‘Jeshurun’ Agyei – Automotive Engineering

Glen ‘Jeshurun’ Agyei
Glen ‘Jeshurun’ Agyei

Glen ‘Jeshurun’ Agyei – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng


"I completed an Engineering Foundation year at the University of West London where I was told about the importance of undertaking an industrial placement. I followed that through and applied to undertake the Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng course at Huddersfield where placement is a compulsory element.

"Now in my second year I am quickly approaching my placement year. The staff at the University of Huddersfield are experienced and teach with clarity, the general atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, the computers and equipment available are fantastic and everything here is up-to-date and well maintained.

"I have improved my financial skills, social skills and leadership skills and have even learnt how to cook with the help of some friends!

"To sum up my time at University so far in one word is pretty difficult because of the plethora of experiences I have had. I have learned, made mistakes, formed new habits, been exposed to new levels of industry information, made friends and developed mentally and have had the time to develop myself as a person.  These are the best years of my life so far and I would recommend ANYONE from ANY PART of the world to take the bold step and make the University of Huddersfield your home for the next few years!"

Graham Snowdon – Information Systems

Graham Snowdon
Graham Snowdon

Graham Snowdon – Information Systems

Studied: Information and Communication Technology BSc(Hons)


Describe your background before you started your studies.

In April 2010, after a 12 year career, like many people in my industry (IT) I was made redundant. I was one of the lucky ones as I received a full redundancy package, in September 2010 the group I was working for went into administration and so a lot of my colleagues didn’t receive any remuneration.

I spent the time between April and August (late August) milling around trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life now. I attended a lot of business workshops as I had an idea I wanted to go into business supplying solutions to small and medium enterprises, however research showed the market to be flooded with people just like me, setting up businesses. I also spent a small fortune on qualifications (ITIL, CCNA etc.) it became obvious that I needed to rethink my plan. I went on to contract work as a trainer, teaching 320 staff at an engineering company, how to use Cisco IPT telephones. It was to trigger the realisation that my favourite part of IT is teaching and supporting others. I experienced joy in turning a class of stoic sceptical self-admitted technophobes into IPT advocates.

Now that I had a clue where I wanted to get, I did some research into how to get there. All signposts pointed to a Higher Education qualification followed by a post graduate teaching qualification.

I researched all the local universities (Bradford & both Leeds Universities) and really liked the look of Huddersfield, the environment seemed right and after communication with one of the lecturers on the course the programme seemed to be more about preparing students to maximise their earning potential post-grad., than some universities who will teach a subject just because one of their staff has a publication to sell! The final straw that sealed the deal was when I learned Sir Patrick Stewart was the Chancellor, as a lifelong sci-fi buff I could now tell friends that Professor Charles Xavier / Captain Jean-Luc Picard / Avery Bullock was teaching me about geeky computer stuff, (well sort of, …ish).

My 12 years in the IT industry went a long way to qualifying me for a place on the course and so with new pens and notepad I started the B.Sc. ICT course in September 2010.

What do you enjoy the most about your course?

As discussed previously I’m not your average student, I’m not just enjoying the new skills and knowledge I’m gaining each week but the fact that I can directly relate the skills to practical applications in an IT vocation, is a big bonus. I wish I knew 4 years ago while still working in IT the skills I know now. Even as a trained manager of a team of six regional IT engineers I have learned things about managing in an IT environment that are new concepts to me. Concepts that would have made the team and myself more productive and ultimately more successful.

How have you found adapting to life at University?

After 13 years out of academia this has been a tricky transition. Due to funding issues I had to work a 30 hour week in my first year of university which regretfully impacted on my grades and ultimately on the amount of information I could absorb in the time frame. With hind sight I wish I had saved some funds ready for the start of the year so I could dedicate my time comprehensively to study.

Funds are in place this year (second year, thanks to my wonderful wife) and I’m finding my grades greatly improved as a consequence of the amount of time available. Private study is big part of any undergraduate course and anyone who thinks they can get away with just attending lectures and tutorials without doing work on their own time is wasting their money, no ifs or buts.

What do you plan on doing after you finish your studies?

I’m currently applying to do some volunteer work in local schools to get a definite answer to the question of “Do I want to teach?” so we’ll see how that goes.

Although the salary is laughable in comparison to the private sector my aspirations are to work in the Education industry in one form or another. Having spent my career thus far putting more money into shareholders’ pockets it would be an excellent feeling to know that the computer or network; website or mobile app, I’m fixing today will help, maybe only in a small way, to inspire tomorrow’s professionals.

View Graham's website: snowdon.me/

 

Hajah Fauziah Kadir – Electrical Engineering

Hajah Fauziah Kadir
Hajah Fauziah Kadir

Hajah Fauziah Kadir – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc


Hajah from Darussalam is currently completing her MSc degree in Engineering Control System and Instrumentation Engineering.

“Huddersfield offered the course that I needed and the University is organised, helpful and efficient and the level of study is really up to the standard.

“I strongly suggest to new students to choose studying in Huddersfield- this is because of the peaceful and hospitable environment which makes new students easy to adapt to life in UK. If you have any enquiries, there is the international student office which will be there to help you.

“For Muslim students, there is everything you will need including a prayer room available in the campus, the availability of halal Muslim food and halal restaurants in town. There is also a society for Muslim students.

“The tutors and lecturers are very helpful and I have not had any problems that could not be resolved by the tutors. The fact the students can just drop-in makes it very convenient to get coursework done and lectures understood. The teaching quality and research facilities are brilliant and the size of the University is just enough to make everything easily accessible and within reach.

“For me, Huddersfield is the University which provides the brightest future for students.”

After graduating, Hajah is planning to return back to her home country and continue her work as an Educational Officer.

Hannah Hughes – Popular Music Production BA

Hannah Hughes
Hannah Hughes

Hannah Hughes – Popular Music Production BA

Studied: Popular Music Production BA(Hons)



Video Transcription:

"Hi my name is Hannah Hughes. I’m currently studying the second year of the BA Popular Music Production course. At the minute, I’m looking to go on a placement year, working closely with the Placement Unit to sort out my CV.

"I’m looking to go into Live Music Production, so I’d like to go to a gig venue or a theatre, or something along those lines to further my skills because I’m now doing a module called Live Music Production. It’s really, really interesting, studying that alongside Studio Recording, radio Production, the musicology, essay side of things and as well as performance skills. But really I’m looking forward to doing the Live Music Production side of it, because that’s what really interests me."

 

 

Hayley Liu – Electrical Engineering

Hayley Liu
Hayley Liu

Hayley Liu – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng(Hons)


Hayley is studying for a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She chose Huddersfield because it is a friendly town where you get to meet lots of people and also because of the placement opportunities. She feels the facilities are fantastic and also enjoys the variety of work involved with her course. Hayley finds the tutors to be extremely supportive and they are always available to ask questions and get advice. The course has given her the confidence and skills for her future career.

Helen Dixon – Popular Music Production BSc

Helen Dixon
Helen Dixon

Helen Dixon – Popular Music Production BSc

Studied: Popular Music Production BSc(Hons)


 “I enjoy how practical the course is and how we cover different aspects of the music industry. There aren’t too many deadlines all at once and this allows me to achieve higher grades as I can work on one project at a time.”

 “I am currently on work placement at Ryburn Valley High School which I am really enjoying.  It has given me the opportunity to learn new skills, develop team working and work independently.  It is certainly giving me a taster of working life.”

Helen Fricker – Computer Games

Helen Fricker
Helen Fricker

Helen Fricker – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)


“If you are the creative type, gaming type or just want to experience how making games happens then this is the course for you. This course starts you off with the knowledge and assets you need to get into the games industry.  It's hard work, but you get lots of guidance and it's definitely a 'hands on' course, with opportunities to experience a commercial games environment. Don't be scared of being ambitious as it will benefit you in the long run!”


View Helen's website: www.helenfricker.co.uk/

View Helen's LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/helenfricker

Hitesh Biyani – Automotive Engineering

Hitesh Biyani
Hitesh Biyani

Hitesh Biyani – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive Systems Design and Analysis MSc


Originally from Pune, Maharashtra India, Hitesh studied a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, before going onto study a Bachelor of Engineering Production. After 8 years of working in Pune’s Automotive industry, focussing specifically on vehicle engineering within load carrying, Hitesh decided he wanted to complement his experience with academic knowledge by studying towards an MSc in Automotive Systems Design and Analysis.

Hitesh had never been to England before he decided to come and study at the University of Huddersfield. He says ‘I chose the University because the course has a good reputation and after doing some research the cost of living in Huddersfield is very reasonable and that’s important’.

Hitesh has found the course has taught him a lot about the software side of design, an area which he lacked experience in before. He has found that the course is helping him to cement an academic understanding to his work experience.

On completion of the course, Hitesh is wanting to continue living in the UK and hopes to find a job, working in the automotive sector. This way he will gain work experience here, before returning to Pune, in the future.

Hussain Al-Baloshi – Mechanical Engineering

Engineering drawing and components
Engineering drawing and components

Hussain Al-Baloshi – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Management MSc


“In 1992, I joined our national oil company Qatar Petroleum after graduating from Oxford Air Training College sponsored by Gulf Air airline.   Since then I have worked in various positions such as Mechanical Engineer, Rotating Equipment Engineer in the maintenance department and currently I am the Head of Reliability position in the Operations Engineering Department.

“My company sponsored me to undertake the Engineering Management Master’s, as I am in the field of engineering and the UK is where I achieved my first degree qualification in Aeronautical Engineering.

“Entering the field of engineering management, and learning the different theories whilst relating them to the work experience, gives me the confidence in future decision making.

“The course is studied over one year and consists of eight modules taught over two consecutive terms and then the final dissertation.  The teaching is conducted over two days a week, using various methods such as lectures, tutorials, and computer lab work and lab demonstrations.

“The University staff are very kind and helpful, the social life in Huddersfield is great and in addition the accommodation around Huddersfield is much cheaper than those of the major cities in UK.  Although it is a town, everything is available, shopping mall, restaurants, supermarkets, bookshops, cinema, sports clubs.

 “When I have completed the Master’s, I plan to go back to my company ready to take higher responsibilities and look for more opportunities that my new qualification would provide me with.”

Hussam Muhamedsalih – Electrical Engineering

Hussam Muhamedsalih
Hussam Muhamedsalih

Hussam Muhamedsalih – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc


Hussam is a British Citizen that has been raised and educated in Baghdad, Iraq. He studied a Laser Engineering degree at Undergraduate level and then moved on to study a Masters degree in Laser and Optoelectronics. Hussam then went onto work in the Emirates for Atlas Telecom as a Security Systems and Electro-Optical Engineer.

After being impressed with the facilities and the encouragement he received when he came to visit the University on application, Hussam decided to study an MSc in Control Systems and Instrumentation at the University of Huddersfield. He says, ‘the modules are structured in such a way that they all link together, the course is well structured and you are given personal support from your tutors if you have any problems. One of the advantages of this course is that you have the opportunity to undertake research!’

On completion of Hussam’s MSc, he has been successful in his application to study towards a PhD in Surface Profile Measurement using Laser Technology, a position he is looking forward to.

Hypersloth – Computer Games

Hypersloth
Hypersloth

Hypersloth – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons) / Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


"We are HyperSloth (Ashley Sidebottom, Lewis Bibby and Sam Read) an independent video games company. Our first game 'Dream' is currently in development for release in 2014 and is one of the first games Greenlit by the Steam community.

"We are currently on our Enterprise Placement Year. The EPY is an excellent year long course run by the University and lets us take a break from our course and run our own company with the safety and help from our business mentors. Their support has really helped us develop our business giving us opportunities we wouldn't have had otherwise and I'm sure the program will only get better now with the support of the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.

"Our University experience so far has been a great melting pot for us to meet talented like minded people, the three of us wouldn't be working together if it wasn't for this course! I can't wait to go back to our main course for the final year."

Ian Garrett – Information Systems

Ian Garrett
Ian Garrett

Ian Garrett – Information Systems

Studied: Information and Communication Technology BSc(Hons)
Graduated: 2012


"I have recently started working for Voice Technologies based in Sheffield where I work as Technical Support. My first 3 days involved me working in the office in Glasgow training, all expenses paid too! Now I’m back in Sheffield to continue my work.

"The company provides digital dictation to organisations and has a big contract with the NHS. My role involves the support and maintenance of both the hardware and software devices that the company provides to its clients.

"My University studies have helped me get to grips with a fast paced working environment. The placement year was a great experience and gave me an insight into potential careers in the future."

Iason Batsos – Mechanical Engineering

Iason Batsos
Iason Batsos

Iason Batsos – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering MSc


"The University of Huddersfield gave me the opportunity, by offering a variety of different modules and courses, to improve and expand my knowledge on different engineering fields. Moreover, I had the opportunity to work with experienced engineers and lecturers, which alone, gave me the confidence and knowledge to face the real world and be ready to support myself on my everyday job.

"Finally, what helped me the most get my current engineering job, was my masters dissertation in which I chose to carry out an aerospace experiment which was highly successful with the help and support from my tutor and other staff from the University engineering department."

Isaac MacAddo – Computing

Isaac MacAddo
Isaac MacAddo

Isaac MacAddo – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


"I chose the University of Huddersfield as I wanted to study a course that improves my skills in data management, communication and ability to work as a team as well as equip me with the ability to work on projects, improve leadership skills and dealing with different situations.

"Having previously worked in an IT department in my country, I have had some experience of data handling and management, which has helped me to think analytically and to cope with the demands of the course.

"The facilities are excellent, especially the library and computing service, the course is well-organised and I have great teachers and facilitators who go the extra mile with their support.

"I look forward to future; I am aiming to manage large-enterprise projects in both the public and private sector and with what I have learnt so far, I know I can achieve this goal when I graduate."

Jake Parker – Mechanical Engineering

Jake Parker
Jake Parker

Jake Parker – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng


Jake talks about his time so far at University and his plans for the placement year.


Video Transcript

"Hi I’m Jake Parker, I’m a Mechanical Engineering second year at Huddersfield University thoroughly enjoying my experience. I started University as a mature student, a very dramatic change of lifestyle, but the course is structured really well. There are parts like... There are certain parts that are... they’re a bit of a drag, a bit of a bore, I’m not going to lie there, but apart from that I’m learning some very good things and hopefully next year going to be doing a placement at Cameron Oil in Leeds. The Placement Unit have structured it really well, so I can get a placement and I’ve got really good interviewing skills on my CV, apparently!"

James Bruce – Automotive Engineering

James Bruce
James Bruce

James Bruce – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive Technology BSc(Hons)



Video Transcript

"I’m James Bruce and I am a second year student at Huddersfield University, doing Automotive Design Technology. The reason I got into doing the course really was just because I was at University before, doing Banking Finance, which was really terrible. So I thought ‘what else do I like?’ and I love figuring out how things work and stuff. So I thought ‘Oh, Engineering’ and also I love cars so I thought Automotive Design Technology at Huddersfield, that sounds brilliant! And it is, really! I’m in my second year now; first year was really big, good foundation for what you have to do in your second year. There are a lot of design projects now. I’m currently looking for a placement and I’ve got an interview tomorrow for Bentley, hopefully that goes well. And I definitely recommend anyone who wants to do the course, to sign up and do it."

James Mulvany – Multimedia

James Mulvany
James Mulvany

James Mulvany – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


James Mulvany is a 22 year old entrepreneur living in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and originally from Guildford in Surrey. He joined Huddersfield University in September 2005 to study for his degree BA (Hons) Interactive Multimedia, which he has recently completed and graduated in July 2009 with an Upper Second Class Honours. Since his teenage years, he has been running a variety of online ventures. He started leveraging the power of the interenet in 2002 when he created a small website when he was still in School. A few years on and he now heads a business that produces a 6 figure income, this has allowed him to finish University with no debts and it has also placed him in a position to continue to grow and develop his business without any financial worries.
 
His degree included a placement year, James decided to continue to work and learn with his own firm, instead than going off elsewhere to be employed. James' company Igniso Limited primarily runs a brand that provides solutions to radio stations, djs, musicians and other media companies wishing to broadcast live media content over the internet. He also undertakes various other consultancy and internet marketing ventures. James says that he has found Huddersfield a great place to study, socialise. His company offices are headquartered in The Media Centre in Huddersfield town centre.
 
"Huddersfield has given me everything I need to start growing a profitable business, enjoy myself and learn over the past four years. I want to encourage young people to get into business as early as possible, even if they're not working or making a full time income from it - at least get a foot in the door and start to learn the tricks of a chosen trade, it sets people up perfectly for 'the real world' and give them that edge, plus the financial benefits are rewarding. I would also strongly recommend anyone who wants to learn more about the Digital Media industry to look at Huddersfield University's Computing and Engineering Department, as it taught me some great skills and lessons which complemented my work - the uni also has various schemes to support student based businesses during the startup phase."

James Richie – Electrical Engineering

James Richie
James Richie

James Richie – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons)


James is an Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons) student. He chose the University for its facilities and placement opportunities, which he feels can make students more employable. He likes the teaching and the friendly and approachable lecturers, as well as the facilities such as the new systems lab and 3D printers. James ran his own business during his placement year which was based in the Duke of York Entrepreneur Centre on campus and says it was great for networking and attending seminars.

James Waudby and Samuel Lemmon – Computer Games

James Waudby and Samuel Lemmon
James Waudby and Samuel Lemmon

James Waudby and Samuel Lemmon – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


James Waudby and Samuel Lemmon talk about their experiences on the Computer Games Programming course

James Zwadlo – Computer Games

James Zwadlo
James Zwadlo

James Zwadlo – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)


"I am a freelance Motion Designer in London. I work for big post production houses around Soho on various projects for international brands and companies."

View James' portfolio site: www.imzola.com/109664/work

View James' Behance site: www.behance.net/zola85

View James' LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/pub/james-zwadlo/21/502/a14

Jennifer Biney – Computing

Jennifer Biney
Jennifer Biney

Jennifer Biney – Computing

Studied: Network Technology and Management MSc


"I first heard about the university through a colleague at work who was studying a master's in the School of Computing and Engineering. The next time I heard of the university is when a team led by the University's International office came to Ghana to recruit students. The team was very receptive and gave me all the necessary assistance I needed until I arrived on campus. The MSc Network Technology and Management entails well selected and structured modules designed to equip graduates with skills and knowledge to enable them to take up high level responsibilities in organizations and put them in a better position to compete for leading-edge IT positions.

"The learning environment is very congenial and the method of teaching by most lecturers is quite easy to understand with every needed facility (library and IT services) for easy and smooth learning provided by the University. The University is close to the town center, the train station, shopping centers and most student accommodation which makes staying here fun. I mostly go shopping when am not studying because the town center is just a walking distance from the school and there are a variety of shops.

"With the little experience I gathered whilst working over the past few years, I believe this course will put me in a better position and enable me contribute to the IT infrastructure in my home country upon completion and prepare me for my PhD. It is my wish that prospective students would not have doubts about coming to Huddersfield to study because Huddersfield is a home away from home and the people here are very receptive, nice and fun to live with."

Joe Kearns – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Joe Kearns
Joe Kearns

Joe Kearns – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


“I visited many university open days and sent off for many prospectuses when making my choice of University. I was very keen to make sure the facilities were of a high standard and I got a feel for the town or city that was right for me.  I eventually chose the University of Huddersfield as they had the course that suited me the best.

“Looking back, I enjoyed the more creative projects on the course, such as vision and sound and recording. I enjoyed being at University working on projects with fellow students who were also working on their projects, sharing ideas and helping one another.

“The most challenging part of University came when a subject or project was given to me that I had little understanding or knowledge of. The only real way to achieve success was to work hard and do research.

“When I completed my course with a 2:1 it was an obvious highlight.  Since graduation I have been working at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios in Chiswick, where I had successfully completed my placement year.

“I am employed as a recording engineer and assistant engineer. I work on many projects ranging from Hollywood film scores to straight up pop and rock. I have been lucky enough to work with many high profile clients such as James Blunt, Hayley Westenra, Chris de Burgh and The Cribs and enjoy every minute of creating and recording music professionally!

“When your working at a professional recording studio it is hard for a University to compete with similar levels of equipment and facilities, however at university I learnt many of the techniques and principles that I have now applied to all of the functions of a major studio today!"

Visit Joe's website: www.joekearns.co.uk

Jonathan Sterling – Computing

Jonathan Sterling
Jonathan Sterling

Jonathan Sterling – Computing

Studied: Computing Science BSc(Hons)


Jonathan is studying for a degree in Computing Science at Huddersfield. He chose Huddersfield because the course has a great reputation. He has found the facilities in his main building, Canalside West, to be superb. He spends a lot of time in the Mac Suite as he is developing an app as part of his degree. Jonathan has found the support of the tutors to be fantastic and they go above and beyond to support students at any time of the day.

Joseph Wylie – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Joseph Wylie
Joseph Wylie

Joseph Wylie – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


Joseph demonstrates his final year project...


Video Transcript:

"My name is Joseph Wylie and I’m on Music Technology and Audio Systems. I chose Huddersfield, number one, for the course that was offered. I thought it really suited what I wanted to go into. The facilities offered by the University are really industry standard, so it makes everything much easier to achieve, to a high level. The staff are really helpful, any questions you have got, and any help that is needed is offered. All it takes is just to go and ask them. I really enjoyed the Live Music module because it gives you the chance to learn how gigs and concerts and stuff are put on in real life and the actual Music Industry itself. I’ve also enjoyed the Creative Programming side of things. Learning how to program was something that I’d not done before coming to the Uni, so it was a really good thing to learn. The project module, it was a really good experience. It was tough to start off with, for picking a subject that I’d find interesting for the whole year, but once I’d found the one that I wanted to do, it was really enjoyable. I had to hold myself back at times, from going too far ahead!

"My individual project was to design a build a multi touch table, for use in musical applications. It uses technology such as diffused illumination to track little images on a piece of card called fiducials. These can then be assigned to parameters in software such as Reactor to control sounds.  

"Well it was daunting at first because it’s something that I’ve never really looked, but that’s the brilliance of the final year project. After researching it, it became apparent which direction I needed to take, which technologies to use, to be able to achieve the final product.

"My student experience has been really good, it’s definitely something that I’ve not regretted doing. It’s something I’ll definitely... If anyone has asked me ‘is it worth doing?’, I’ll definitely say yes because it’s been brilliant!"

Joshua Flitcroft – Computer Games

Joshua Flitcroft
Joshua Flitcroft

Joshua Flitcroft – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


Joshua is a 4th year student of a Computing Games Programming BSc(Hons) degree. He chose Huddersfield because of the facilities available such as the game studio which he saw at an Open Day. Joshua undertook a work placement at Canalside Studios based at the University and worked on a variety of projects including speed recognition and image recognition using knowledge he learned on his course. He wants to work in America or study for a doctorate and become a lecturer.

Why did you want to learn digital skills?
The main reason I wanted to study Games Programming was because I played a lot of video games and thought it would be really cool to be able to make my own. After playing around with GameMaker, I found that I really enjoyed making games, specifically the programming parts (I’m a terrible artist), and so decided to have a look at which Universities offered this as a course.

I also wanted to learn digital skills as I really enjoyed working with computers and found that it came very  naturally to me; because of this, I took   ICT at high school and college. It was then only at college that I started looking at Computer Games Programming. As I didn’t take Computing at college, I wasn’t able to learn much programming and establish a ‘logical mind-set’ with computers. Fortunately, I also took Maths which did help to establish this ‘logical mind-set’.

What’s it like studying Computer Games Programming at your institution?
Fun at times, but for the majority, it’s hard and rewarding.

The fun parts come from the Team Project module we have on each year of the course. In this module, a couple of programmers and several designers come together to work in a team and make their own game. This is by far the best module, as we spend all year working on our own game idea.

The harder parts come when we’re learning languages and concepts that we may not have come across before. However, if this gets too challenging at any point, the lecturers are always on hand to give any help and advice. The rewards come when you’ve spent days (or even weeks) working on a game mechanic, or trying to fix a bug, and you manage to get everything working as it should. This makes you want to yell from the rooftops, “I’ve done it, it finally works!”

What tips and tricks can you give to young people wanting to pursue a career in this field?
First tip is experience, specifically in the games industry. This is the most valuable thing you can have when applying for jobs, as it shows you know how to work in the industry and what it entails. That’s why when applying for courses; you should look at the 4 year sandwich courses which offer a placement year. It will also be helpful to try and get a job either before going to, or whilst at, University. Again, this is good, because when you’re at a job interview it shows them that you have all the necessary soft skills required by a job (i.e. punctuality, ability to work under pressure, etc.)

Another tip is to have a ‘dabble’ at all the different types of programming, to see which you like the best. Once you’ve decided on this, you can then focus on it during modules whilst at University. By this, I mean playing with physics and engine code to see if you like that side of programming, or looking at AI and gameplay. This will help you to find out which you are naturally good at and enjoy the most.

What have you learnt from your time studying Computer Games Programming at your institution?
The most important things that I've learnt are team communication skills. These are important because in the industry today, most games require a team (designers, programmers, etc.) to build the game. Because of this, it’s very important to be able to communicate with the other people on the team, so that everyone understands what they need to do and by when. The Team Project module that we have each year has really helped with this and I now know how to work with fellow programmers and designers.

I've also learnt a variety of languages, mainly C++, C# and Java. These languages are taught from the ground up in the first year and were then worked on throughout the remaining years. Within these languages, I’ve then learned loads of extra skills and programming concepts. For example, in C++ I learnt how to do some multi-threading, whilst in C# I learnt how to make a game using XNA.

What kind of skills do you need to work in this industry?
As I mentioned before, one of the most important skills are team communication skills as you will need to be able to communicate to your fellow programmers and designers when working on a game.

The most requested language by the industry is C++ and so this should be where you try to focus your learning outside of University. The main reason for this is that C++ gives you a lot more freedom with memory management and so will increase what you’re able to do in a game.

Another skill needed for programmers will be problem solving. This problem solving will be mainly used in 2 areas. The first will be when you’re making the game and you get given a task by a designer. You will then need to work out how to take this from what the designer has in their head, to something you can put on a screen.  The second will be when you’re bug fixing. This is because bugs can be like little puzzles, as they may only occur when certain buttons are pressed in a certain order. You will then need to work out what is making them happen and then how to fix them.

How do you see the industry developing in five or ten years’ time?
In about 5 to 10 years, the latest consoles should have been released, because despite what people thought, consoles are still selling really strongly. Just look at the PS4 which sold over 7 million, in roughly 6 months. Also, with computer hardware getting better and better each year, games are going to look amazing, to the point where we may achieve complete visual realism in games. This extra memory and power will also do wonder for the  AI we’ll be able to achieve in games.

I also think VR will have really taken off in this window. With Oculus releasing their headset soon and Sony announcing theirs (although we’re still waiting for Microsoft to say anything), given 5 years, I think they’ll have gone through enough iterations to where they’re almost perfect. This window will also give developers enough time to get used to the hardware and understand what people want from it in games.

Where do you see your career in five years’ time?
Whilst I’ve been studying at Huddersfield, I’ve learnt that the programming I enjoy most is programming  AI in games. This will therefore be my focus in my final year dissertation; and hopefully after that I will be able to do at Master’s Degree at University of Huddersfield focusing again in AI.

In five years, I’ll have hopefully finished my Master’s and be working for a games company in the UK either doing AI programming or general gameplay programming.

After working for a games company in the UK for a couple of years, I hope to move to America and work for a games company there. My aim is to work for Disney Interactive as even though I’d be doing more general programming, the advantages of working for that company, massively outweigh those of doing AI programming.

Which would be the final message for those looking to enrol on this course?
I would advise people enrolling onto a programming course to have a look at some languages and engines (i.e. C# in Unity or XNA) to get a grasp of what it'll be like on the course. The main reason for this is a lot of people come onto this course expecting to only be playing games, that's not true. Programming is a lot of hard work and can be very time consuming. That's why you not only need a passion for playing games, but more importantly a passion for making them.

Also, if you want to do a placement year, it’s worth noting that when you apply for placements the only grades you will have will be your first year grades and so this is all the company will see. That’s why it’s very important to make sure you put the same amount of time and effort into your first year as you would in your final year.

Joshua Pickles – Multimedia

Joshua Pickles
Joshua Pickles

Joshua Pickles – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


Joshua is studying for a degree in Interactive Multimedia at Huddersfield. He made Huddersfield his number one choice because of the fantastic facilities and the environment on campus. He has found his tutors to be very friendly and supportive, and they have the knowledge that he aspires to including the real world experience which is inspiring. He is carrying out his placement in the Marketing Department within the School of Computing and Engineering which gives him lots of opportunities to put into practice everything he has learnt so far.

Kamran Nackvi – Computing

Kamran Nackvi
Kamran Nackvi

Kamran Nackvi – Computing

Studied: Computing BSc(Hons)


Kamran graduated in 2003 and is now the Service Delivery and Information Manager at Hewlett-Packard

Karina Zala – Mechanical Engineering

Karina Zala
Karina Zala

Karina Zala – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering MEng


Karina's in pole position for the future....

What are your career ambitions – in what way did these influence your decision to come and study at Huddersfield?
I'd like to work as a mechanical engineer in the film industry, be a part of a race team or doing performance testing for a company. I was drawn to Huddersfield because of the course content and the chance to be part  of Team HARE.

Tell us a bit about the teaching methods on your course? Has it been the right mix of exams/course/research/groups work? 
Teaching methods are really good and there is a lot of guidance and help available. Tutors are very supportive and are always happy to help if there is anything you need.

What are your favourite facilities on campus and why? (library, class rooms, buildings and equipment)
Definitely the Design Studio; there's all the software we need and it's a comfortable atmosphere. You can meet fellow students there and it's available 7 days a week.

Considering the new fees being introduced next year. Would you say the University of Huddersfield offers value for money?
Yes, the University of Huddersfield is all about quality of teaching.

Are you happy at the University of Huddersfield? What do you like the most?
I'm really happy, there's a great atmosphere on campus.

What do think of Huddersfield as a town? Where do you like to go for food/drink/shopping?
Everything is really easy to get to, whether you need clubs, pubs, shops or even banks. I can do everything I need to in Huddersfield.

Describe the University of Huddersfield in one word
Inspirational


Ever wondered what it would be like to study at the University of Huddersfield? Check out what an untypical day looks like for Mechanical Engineering student Karina...

Kathryn Saxby – Popular Music Production BSc

Kathryn Saxby
Kathryn Saxby

Kathryn Saxby – Popular Music Production BSc

Studied: Popular Music Production BSc(Hons)


Since she can remember, twenty-two year old Kathryn Saxby has wanted to work in the music industry. So, at the age of 18, she left her home in the small village of Iver, Buckinghamshire, to embark on a three-year BSc Popular Music Production course at the University of Huddersfield that she hoped would change her life forever. And it did…

Having never learnt to play an instrument, Kathryn knew her path into the music industry would have to be less than conventional. After trawling through prospectuses for the right course, she came across the BSc Popular Music Production course at Huddersfield, which sounded ideal.

"I chose Huddersfield because it had everything I was looking for; other music courses in the country focussed on classical music, or required some performance skills even for BSc courses, but Huddersfield seemed to embrace different approaches. The town also appealed to me, as its quite big but not a huge impersonal city, and of course the campus itself, with the old converted buildings and canal running through the heart of it.

Throughout her studies, Kathryn was determined to make an impression. Knowing how important it is to network and make your name known, she asked everyone around her if they knew of any opportunities in the music business, but unfortunately her search proved unsuccessful. Undeterred, Kathryn graduated from the University in 2007 and found a job at a call centre.

"I hated working at the call centre so much, but I knew I had to make ends meet – I had just graduated and needed some money. During that time, I never gave up on my dream and kept asking everyone I knew if there were any jobs going within the industry. Although it was a bit soul-destroying, I was determined not to work in a call-centre for the rest of my life, and it really spurred me on!

Eventually Kathryn's hard work and dedication paid off, when she got in touch with one of her former lecturers, who said he knew of someone who could possibly give her the break she was looking for. After a flurry of phone calls, Kathryn was invited to assist the tour manager of top band the Chemical Brothers at one of their gigs…

"After helping out at the Chemical Brothers gig, their management, MBL, who also manage bands like Hot Chip and Emilíana Torrini, invited me to help out a one of their gigs, which was an amazing experience and really gave me the chance to show MBL what I was made of. Then I got really lucky, because the previous tour assistant was leaving, and so I interviewed for the position and here I am!

Despite her persistence and dedication, Kathryn still maintains that her big break was down to luck as much as anything – "If the previous assistant hadn't left, who knows where I would be now, but I do know that getting into this industry takes a lot of time and effort, but once there it's so rewarding – it's the best job I've ever done and it's so rewarding.

"The things I learnt on my course have really helped me, not just in getting the job but in day to day life –I know a lot about various aspects of the music industry, such as PRS/MCPS, which I find helps me in my understanding of day-to-day activities.

So what does the future hold for Kathryn? "To be honest, I'm so happy doing what I do, that I don't see myself wanting to go anywhere else for a long time. This is my dream job, and now I've got it, I intend to stay here!"

Kenneth Gibson – Energy Engineering

Kenneth Gibson
Kenneth Gibson

Kenneth Gibson – Energy Engineering

Studied: Energy Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng



Video Transcript

"Okay, my name’s Kenneth Gibson, I’m studying Energy Engineering at Huddersfield University. I chose the course basically because the energy sector needs engineers to improve on renewable technology and Huddersfield was one of the few places that offered the course."

Kezia Percy – Computing

Kezia Percy
Kezia Percy

Kezia Percy – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


“My sister also did her Master’s at the University of Huddersfield and recommended it as a good place to study. What was also important was meeting my tutor during her visit to India who was so supportive and was very patient with me when I had questions.

“Huddersfield is a beautiful town in the north of England near to Manchester and Leeds. It offers a good student experience as everything is made available within the town offers students and there are good transport links to the bigger cities. It is a very multi-cultural place with students from all over the world studying here.

“My course has helped me to gain general business knowledge and the latest information systems tools and techniques. I have also gained experience needed in terms of leadership position and profession in the information systems field.

“The campus offers very good facilities especially the new library which also has a 24/7 computing centre. The labs have very good opening hours and have all the latest equipment. The staffs here are very friendly and approachable whenever you need to speak to them.

“If you have a chance to study in the UK just close your eyes and select Huddersfield. I have l am learning new things everyday in my life.”

Khalid Ali Alqahtani – Electrical Engineering

Khalid Ali Alqahtani
Khalid Ali Alqahtani

Khalid Ali Alqahtani – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc


“After completing my Bachelor degree in Riyadh, my government gave me a scholarship to study in the UK. After receiving so many recommendations from alumni friends, I decided to go to Huddersfield. I always wanted to get an education abroad and getting a Master’s degree from a UK university will help to improve my career prospects.

“I completed a Pre-Sessional Programme at the University which really helped to improve my academic and language skills. It also helped me prepare for the university environment in the UK and allowed me to build nice relationships with students from different countries.

“I am getting used to the British accents now and am finding the tutors very helpful and supportive. Being at this University really helps you to make new friends not just from the UK but from all over the world.”

Kieran Campbell, Patrick McHugh and Ryan Turbiarz – Computer Games

Kieran Campbell, Patrick McHugh and Ryan Turbiarz
Kieran Campbell, Patrick McHugh and Ryan Turbiarz

Kieran Campbell, Patrick McHugh and Ryan Turbiarz – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


Kieran Campbell, Patrick McHugh and Ryan Turbiarz discuss their experience on the second year of the Computer Games Programming course to date..

Lap Pun Cheung – Computer Games

Lap Pun Cheung
Lap Pun Cheung

Lap Pun Cheung – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)


I am currently a Concept Artist at Goodgame Studios. I am the first full-time concept artist here but am about to be joined by another colleague and, as the number of projects grow, there may be even more. My role consists of producing artwork of initial ideas for games that are still in the conceptual phase, in order to allow the Heads to determine which visual style and themes they would like to use. I'm also producing visual designs for possible assets for these ideas. The more concept images a game idea has when it goes to the guys who choose, the easier it is for them to decide whether it is what they really want for the next game.

I have only recently joined the company but I expect to be involved in character, environment and prop designs on the various projects as they develop. I'm also going to be involved in other visual developments such as imagery for the webpages.

Whilst at Huddersfield University I learned a lot about the process of games development. Though this is not the primary skill involved in my job as an artist, the knowledge of the production pipeline, limitations and possibilities of different projects has enabled me to very quickly adapt to working in this company. The other skillsets learned at university such as 3D modelling also bolstered my resume during the application process.

In particular, I feel that the placement at Canalside Studios helped as it gave me a chance to experience games production on a full-time routine, which was vital to what Goodgame Studios was expecting from an applicant.


View Lap's LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/lpcheung

View Lap's portfolio site: www.clpdesigns.com

View Lap's DeviantArt page  c780162.deviantart.com

Lee Cherry – Computer Games

Lee Cherry
Lee Cherry

Lee Cherry – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


"After graduating with a 2:1 BSc(Hons) in Computer Games Programming in 2010, I spent several months trying to secure employment in the video games industry. In January 2011, I accepted the offer of a junior IT position at Double Eleven in Middlesbrough, a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe exclusive studio developing LittleBigPlanet for Sony PlayStation Vita.

"One year on and I'm now IS Manager at the company. I'm responsible for two graduates, two trainees and four placement students.  My team primarily focus on internal research and development such as IPTV channels displaying game development information tailored to different departments and collaborating studios, and the production of cloud based software to streamline processes for HR, IT, and day to day company management.

"I still get my hands dirty with the IT side of things, providing regular consultation to the department during infrastructure overhauls. I'm also attending most conferences at home and abroad, catching up with industry peers and trying to establish new relationships for the company.

"I'm pleased to say our efforts as a company have been rewarded several times (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Eleven) and as a result we've been nominated for several awards at a national level, the results to be declared later this year.

"Elsewhere, I'm a director and founder of Lorius Games, an independent video game development company I set up with David Buckley, a fellow graduate from Huddersfield. We run the company from an office in the same complex as Double Eleven."

Leonie Mann – Multimedia

Leonie Mann
Leonie Mann

Leonie Mann – Multimedia

Studied: Web Technologies BSc(Hons)


Leonie is studying a Web Technologies BSc(Hons) degree. The fantastic Placement Unit helped her make her decision to come to Huddersfield during an Open Day. She did her placement in Florence, Italy as a User Support Technician. Her placement helped her to grow, she is more organised and her communication skills have increased. She recommends Huddersfield because it has a brilliant social life and beautiful surroundings. After university she would like to have her own business.

Louisa Bremner – Computer Games

Louisa Bremner
Louisa Bremner

Louisa Bremner – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)


What about Huddersfield as a location?
Huddersfield is just right as a town, it’s small enough that you never get lost in the crowd but big enough that there’s always something to discover and new people to meet. There are loads of bars around as well as clubs, so there’s plenty to do at night.

How would you rate the course content and modules?
The teaching is very hands on, we learn what you need to succeed in the industry. The University is equipped with a lot of industry-standard software and we are taught by people with a wide range of knowledge and experience.

Have you opted for a work placement? If so, how has this benefited you? 
Yes, and I am currently searching with the help of the Placement Unit.

How would you rate the facilities for your course?
I really like the computer suites in Canalside West. They provide a good working space where you feel relaxed but able to concentrate. The library is good too.

What do you think of the teaching staff?
The tutors are all lovely, they support you and treat you like adults. They all know what they’re talking about and have the practical knowledge to pass straight on to us.

What career plans do you have when you graduate?
My ambition is to work abroad - and working in the games industry would be a dream come true!

Would you recommend the University of Huddersfield to others?
I’d definitely recommend my course. The tutors are just as interested in the subject as we are and there is always scope to have fun and be creative.

Mark Hudson – Popular Music Production BA

Mark Hudson
Mark Hudson

Mark Hudson – Popular Music Production BA

Studied: Popular Music Production BA(Hons)
Graduated: 2012


"A few friends from college went to Huddersfield the year before I left, I went to stay with them and fell in love with the place. The course was also very attractive to me, something I hadn't tried before.

"I made a lot of friends who I'll be friends with for the rest of my life, living with people and taking the plunge was the main highlight of my studies, really opened my eyes to the wider world. Graduating was special, but also fresher's and the first year was a crazy, once in a lifetime event that I'll never forget.

"Managing your time is key at University; I found that as I got into my final year I was more focused on my studies. Money is always a factor, but being sensible with my spending and learning from to manage helped. A lot of students also find times when they feel a lonely, but what always helped me, was focusing on what I could get out of University, and doing extra-curricular things motivated me.

"Now I have graduated it's amazing, I work full-time at a community radio station. I started out just editing content for on air broadcasts and now I'm taking over live broadcasting and program controlling. I have my own weekly show and during the week I edit and produce content for the station. I've been given more and more responsibility as time has passed, and have become an integral part of the team. Recently I have edited some material for the Sky television program 'Got to dance' and a worldwide touring youth project called 'The Young Americans'.  My skills, knowledge and education have given me an edge in this industry.

"Going to University you learn so much more about yourself, about life and everything else in between. University isn't just about learning a subject and finding a job, it's about preparing you for the world, meeting new, sometimes crazy and wonderful people, finding yourself, gaining knowledge on how to succeed.

"The University of Huddersfield is an experience which I will never ever forget, and for every individual there is an entirely different set of experiences waiting for them."

Mark Wendel – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Mark Wendel
Mark Wendel

Mark Wendel – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


Mark talks about how he loves experimenting with different styles to see what comes out best...

Matt Atkin – Computing

Matt Atkin
Matt Atkin

Matt Atkin – Computing

Studied: Computing Science BSc(Hons)


"This work placement has been one of the best opportunities I've had in my life and I never regret the decision to take a placement year or work aboard; I have met so many friendly and helpful people in my time working in Europe.

"I have had the opportunity to be part of important large projects including being first line of support for all staff problems with the school's MIS system, writing complex SQL reports to gather student and staff data in reports that are relied upon every day including all of the student reports that are sent to parents and being part of a small team migrating all of the school's computers and software to Windows 7.

"I feel that spending a year working for a real company is an experience that everybody should have before they leave University, it puts you in such a good position to complete your degree and be prepared to go into the real working world with valuable experience. Having the opportunity to travel and live outside of the UK while doing it only makes it an even greater opportunity for learning, personal growth, fun and adventure!"

Matt Cross – Mechanical Engineering

Matt Cross
Matt Cross

Matt Cross – Mechanical Engineering

Studying: Mechanical Engineering MEng



Video transcript

"I'm Matt Cross, I'm from Burnley and I'm studying Mechanical Engineering.

"My background before University was I came from a little village inbetween Burnley and Keighley. I went to a local primary school, a local high school then I went to one of the best colleges around the area and in my part time I worked at NEXT in a local town called Colne.

"I found the step up from college to university a big step up but once you get into a routine, once you get week in and week out of doing the new syllabus, it is harder than A Level but you gradually get used to it when you put the work in, you start doing the assignments, start doing all the practical work. You get used to it in the end which is comforting.

"The thing I most enjoy about my course is the practicality of it. The practical aspects of designing something on computer such as SolidWorks to in the first year when we went down to the local college where we started doing manufacturing and automotive aspects. In the automotive we started messing around with engines getting them to work, learning the centres of them all and the manufacturing side of it. We actually made a gearknob on a CNC laithe which was quite good because we got to engrave it in the end and put a little personal touch on it.

"Again the modules I enjoy are the practical ones such as the CAD/CAM and also the modules that have a practical lab session. I quite like doing them because you are carrying out an experiment, you actually do it yourself, for example we did one last year with a push bike dynamo, we were peddling about for 30 seconds or so, we got the results, analyse them and write them up on a lab report. Stuff like that is what I really enjoy doing about the course and those are my favourite subjects.

"My time at University so far has been really enjoyable. You've got the social side of it which is good as well and obviously all the modules and the teachers and the lecturers are all good quality which is comforting when you come to a university and you feel a bit out of your depth.

"My advice for people thinking of coming to Huddersfield is do it because its a great Uni, coming from a small town and a small village to a big town like Huddersfield I did feel a bit out of my depth at first but the people at the Uni, the lecturers, teachers the friends you make, they all help you through it, they all help you build yourself up to be a better professional at the end of it.

"After my studies I plan to become... I would like to become a design engineer because thats the engineering side I most enjoy. Sitting down at a computer, getting a technical drawing up and thinking right we're going to turn this technical drawing into a solid model and thats what I enjoy most and I'd like to make a career out of that."

Matt Hurst – Popular Music Production BA

Matt Hurst
Matt Hurst

Matt Hurst – Popular Music Production BA

Studied: Popular Music Production BA(Hons)



Video Transcript:

"Hi, my name is Matt Hurst. I am a year 2 student on the BA PMP and the reason that I chose Huddersfield University was because purely on the facilities and the surroundings, it’s such a nice, friendly place. I looked around a lot of uni’s and this is by far the friendliest one I looked at. And the studio quality here is just unreal. They’ve got so many studios, microphones and the teaching is just absolutely phenomenal. The best decision I think I could have made. I made a lot of really good contacts here and I’m really excited about the future."

Matthew Atkin – Computing

Matthew Atkin
Matthew Atkin

Matthew Atkin – Computing

Studied: Computing Science BSc(Hons)


Since graduating in spring 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in Computing Science, I have started work as part of the graduate scheme at Roke Manor Research Ltd. This is one of the leading companies in the UK for research and development of electronic engineering and networking solutions for customers including government, defence and national security clients. 

http://www.roke.co.uk/about/

Matthew Greenhalgh – Electrical Engineering

Matthew Greenhalgh
Matthew Greenhalgh

Matthew Greenhalgh – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Computer Control Systems BEng(Hons)
Current Employer and Job Title: Siemens – Electronic Design Engineer


The University of Huddersfield offers a great environment to study engineering; the resources are excellent and are constantly being improved. I have a particular interest in Power Electronics and the fact that the University has a lab dedicated to the subject was a big selling point. I also looked at league tables and student feedback scores that all impressed me.

After graduating I went straight into employment and was accepted onto the Siemens UK Graduate Programme. The graduate scheme came in two parts, a local scheme and a national scheme.  Locally, I rotated around the business gaining knowledge of the different departments. This gave me some great insight into the business and the chance to try the different roles that might be available to me at the end of the two years. The national graduate scheme focused on professional development and consisted of several training courses, each one held at a different Siemens UK site. The national graduate scheme was great for networking and meeting graduates from other Siemens businesses.  A few months before the end of my graduate scheme, I secured a Design Engineer role with the R&D department and this is the role I’ve been in for six months - so far so good!

My current title is Electronic Design Engineer. I started in the role six months ago after completing the Siemens UK graduate programme. It’s hard to describe life as a working engineer in full; I’m six months into the role and still have a lot to learn. Every day brings something new and challenging. The best parts of the job are the interesting bits, working on designs and solving problems. The worst parts are the things that stop you from doing the interesting bits, but these things are usually just as important!

My studies were perfect for my chosen career path. I chose optional modules that included control systems and power electronics and went on to build a three phase inverter for my final year project. I now work in the development team for Siemens Motion Control designing inverters.

My general advice would be to ask questions, show your enthusiasm and don’t be afraid to make mistakes, everybody has to learn. I think this applies not only to your time at University but to new jobs. I would definitely take up the opportunity to have a 12 month placement, I worked for Powell Industries in Bradford before my final year and this made a huge difference when job hunting. When you get to your final year start applying for jobs straight away, the more you apply for the easier the process gets.

Matthew Whimpanny – Popular Music Production BSc

Matthew Whimpanny
Matthew Whimpanny

Matthew Whimpanny – Popular Music Production BSc

Studied: Popular Music Production BSc(Hons)


 “I enjoy how practical the course is and how we cover different aspects of the music industry. There aren’t too many deadlines all at once and this allows me to achieve higher grades as I can work on one project at a time.”

 “I am currently on work placement at Ryburn Valley High School which I am really enjoying.  It has given me the opportunity to learn new skills, develop team working and work independently.  It is certainly giving me a taster of working life.”

Maythem Ali – Electrical Engineering

Maythem Ali
Maythem Ali

Maythem Ali – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng(Hons)


“The UK has a high reputation for degree study and I wanted to learn the English language and so here I am. I chose the University of Huddersfield because they offered a placement year within my course which will increase my job opportunities following graduation. I have always had an interest in this field and back in Kuwait there is a high demand for electronic engineers.”

Michael Cooper – Information Systems

Michael Cooper
Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper – Information Systems

Studied: Computing Science BSc(Hons)


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

"My name is Michael Cooper and I'm a second year student on a BSc ICT course.

"I chose Huddersfield University because I enjoyed the facilities that we were shown round on the Open Day and I enjoyed the friendly atmosphere they gave off when they were showing us about.

" I am currently undertaking a year two project on which I will be building a database linked with a website for a local council gym and I'm hoping that the skills I take from this will be transferable to the placement which I am currently applying for."

Michael Pugh – Popular Music Production BA

Michael Pugh
Michael Pugh

Michael Pugh – Popular Music Production BA

Studied: Popular Music Production BA(Hons)


"I took a traditional route to University by opting for A Levels in maths, physics and ICT, along with AS levels in music technology, product design and general studies, before I decided to study Popular Music Production BA(Hons). I visited the campus on an open day and was immediately impressed with the facilities, and the friendliness of the staff.

"The course itself offered a choice of modules and it allowed me to tailor it to suit my areas of interests. When I first started, it was just what I was expecting – the atmosphere was welcoming, the staff and students were friendly and everyone was passionate about Music Technology.

"After graduation I managed to secure a job at EMI Publishing, responsible for royalties and copyrights in the publishing sector.  The whole University experience has made me more self confident, which helped me in securing employment and the job itself."

Mohammad Monirul – Computing

Mohammad Monirul
Mohammad Monirul

Mohammad Monirul – Computing

Studied: Advanced Computer Science MSc


After working as a Senior Systems Engineer at Visual Magic Corporation Ltd and a part-time lecturer in networking systems for Computer Science, in Bangladesh, Mohammad decided to study for a Master’s.

“I chose this course because the module topics that were offered reflected what I was looking for.  Studying on a course that offers no examinations, but continuous assessment and feedback keeps you motivated to work hard and do well.

“The teaching and learning style on the course is very different to what I have been used to and the resources that are available to the students are huge compared to my country.  The Library and Support Services alone provide a massive amount of information, support and guidance to help you to settle in to student life.

“Huddersfield itself is a nice town, beautiful scenery, friendly people and many cultures and nationalities around, I will miss it when I leave!”

Mohammed Mayat – Computing

Mohammed Mayat
Mohammed Mayat

Mohammed Mayat – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc
Graduated: 2012


This University scored well on academic and student satisfaction surveys and that led me to apply here. I don’t regret it. At Huddersfield I felt I could express myself; it didn’t feel like a classroom, I never felt like a student, more a colleague.

I had the privilege of sharing my studies with people who had travelled from across the globe to be here, it helped me to appreciate the magnetism the University has, something we should all be proud of. It also helped me to understand my colleagues and their culture as I was able to look at things from someone else’s perspective, rather than my own, a skill essential for my academic career and life in general.

On an MSc, one will find the workload challenging as no answers are provided, rather you are probed and challenged, your head might hurt at times, but looking back it’s something you will learn to employ as it unleashes creativity and uniqueness. 

Whilst studying, one f my tutors proposed an idea for a PhD to me on autonomic road transport systems and an academic career is something that has appealed to me since I started my BSc in 2008. I graduated with a distinction so the University has funded my research. Did you go straight into employment when you graduated?

Without my MSc, I would be struggling on my PhD as I learnt how to effectively research on my MSc and how to build new knowledge bridges from my reading, rather than just cross existing ones.
When choosing where to study, do your research, read the official and unofficial guides, come visit us at the University and meet the staff and students. It’s one thing reading profiles like mine to help you decide, but it doesn’t compare to actually coming, feeling and experiencing the atmosphere around campus. 

In terms of doing an MSc, do not choose lightly, it is challenging as mentioned above, very different to doing a BSc or BA, however it adds a lot of value to any future career path as it broadens your thinking, gives you an extra certificate for the wall, but most importantly it will expose you to more job sectors or further education opportunities, something we all look for in this competitive world.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Hi my name’s Mohammed Mayat, I’m 22 years old and I’m currently studying a Masters in Information Systems Management, I also did my undergraduate degree here in Information Communications Technology.

What are your career ambitions?

I’ve always wanted to work in business but in the technology kind of side of it so my undergraduate degree was all about technology but my postgraduate is more about management and the business side so it means I have got the mix there.

Do you feel your postgraduate degree will aid you in the job market?

Possibly because I am looking at two different markets not just the one any more so possibly the both and there’s quite a lot of jobs out there which is a mix of the both so kind of a blend together so hopefully that’s two or three sectors I could look for.

Can you tell us about the teaching methods on your course?

We did some modules in the first year about professional practice when you’re out in the workplace so you had to look at a lot of legal ethics and different codes. There’s not a lot of exams involved; there’s a lot of group work so there’s two modules where you do group work mainly and projects for real clients and there’s a lot of presentations to do as well so you get a lot of presentation skills so you have got to stand up and talk a lot.

Can you tell us about your tutors?

The majority of our teachers have all done PhDs so they’re highly academic but you have also got a lot of teachers who have been in industry like for example some of our teachers have been in industry for over 10 years so that influences a lot so you have got academic side but then sometimes you think is that how it is in real life but you have got a teacher there who has been there so he can back that up or he or she can back that up.

Can you tell us a bit about the facilities that are available to you?

Well most of the time is spent in my own building. In terms of facilities we have got...we have recently got all the latest computers, we’ve also got some Apple computers in as well so we’re not lacking; we haven’t like for example some places the machines won’t be up to spec but ours are really fast so they’re really good yeah and there’s load of them so you’re never without and you never have to trudge across to different buildings to use a computer.

Would you recommend your course to somebody interested in this subject area?

Yeah I would. The thing...we have a lot, quite a few international students and home students. For the international students I’d highly recommend it because there are a lot of people who have come from like Thailand, Nigeria, a lot of different countries so it’s not just academic – you learn a lot of things and you get to meet a lot of new probably friends for life.

It’s also, in terms of academic obviously that’s the main thing; the reason why we’re all here. As I said, all our teachers are very like... they give you a very like individual...they help you out individually – it’s not just like you’re a face in the crowd. They know all your names so the way you learn is very individual and everything is tailored towards your needs.

Mohsin Rasul – Computing

Mohsin Rasul
Mohsin Rasul

Mohsin Rasul – Computing

Studied: Business Computing with Multimedia BSc(Hons) (Now Computing in Business BA(Hons))


How did you choose what university to attend?

I looked through the prospectus and evaluated the structure of the course carefully. The University also had a great reputation locally and I had also been on a prior visit with Huddersfield New College (IT Partnership Program), attending a lecture on databases. 
The University itself was really convenient from home – I could just walk there every day. Huddersfield is also a place of historical heritage: winning an award from the Guardian, being endorsed by Patrick Stewart and attracting international students. On top of that there’s the state-of-the-art new facilities, expansion, and funding.

What did you enjoy the most about your course?

The most enjoyable aspect of the course was the 4th year and seeing all the
previous course elements fit into a single picture.  It was easy to see that staff members
had a genuine interest in helping students to succeed, backed up with in depth understanding and experience. The quality of the IT facilities was fantastic and I'd heard a lot about them before I applied. The University also had state-of-the-art lecture halls and the curriculum was very carefully designed to fit the modern IT industry.

Tell us a bit about your time at University, any highlights?

 An absolute joy and real eye opener into the real world. The dedication and commitment was exceptional from tutors (inspirational and very supportive), with a few memorable names (Rob Lloyd-Owen and Shelley Wolfson). My biggest highlight was my placement year. I was placed at Birmingham University as a support technician and found it was by far the best way of putting everything I had learned into practice. Overall it was a really rewarding and enlightening experience.

What are some of the challenges you faced and how have you dealt with them?

Getting employment the after graduation was a challenge as the competition is strong, however I managed to convince my employers of the benefits of hiring someone with academic experience plus the work experience gained on my placement year.

Do you feel you’ve changed as a person since studying at University?

Absolutely yes. Going to university gave me the technical skills, experience, expertise, confidence and a sense of direction. I learned about adhering to professionalism, high quality of standards and developed core competencies which are part of the IT industry – a vast array of knowledge surrounding past, modern and future technological developments.

What have you been doing since you graduated?

I started out by working as a broadband sales support technician working for ADSL24 Internet Limited; a small company with a huge reputation for bespoke broadband services competing with the likes of Zen & Plusnet. My knowledge learned through university was second to none and granted me a level of respect with my superiors.  After the initial 2 years, the company expanded its range of services rapidly and I found myself practically running all major operations of business with the current management team and a partner colleague, undertaking decisions on business direction, in-house system design changes, accounting management and implementing new support channels and services.

Did you go straight into employment when you graduated?

Yes. I took a role as a Junior Website Administrator and Technician and then decided to spend a few months abroad. When I returned the recession was in full swing so although it was difficult to find employment, I think my combination of a degree and placement experience helped in relating that across to potential employers.

Tell us about the job you have now?

My role at Purple WiFi is to support our clients with all aspects of physical and software complications, technical related enquiries, restore system operations and offer assistance on setting up, operational and network configuration (the key phrase here is “diagnose, resolve & educate”).

How do you think your studies have benefited your chosen career path?

The course was highly informative and I felt it really prepared me for a job in the IT sector/industry. Aspects covered in the course modules on project management, databases, networking, SQL/ HTML programming are skills which relate to my day-to-day job. The additional elements covered, like knowledge about networking, managing workload and understanding evaluation business models, were the most useful things I've carried forward into my career.

What advice would you give students who are thinking about studying at Huddersfield or University?

Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. Studying never stops so keep learning.  Take charge of your own personal development in the workplace and all the best going forward.

Mubashir Mir – Computing

Mubashir Mir
Mubashir Mir

Mubashir Mir – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


After studying in India for a degree in Commerce, then working for over a year in Dubai as a Management Trainee, Mubashir decided to return to education in the UK.

“I had applied to a couple of universities but, after a personal recommendation from a friend I chose to study at Huddersfield.

“I began the course in January and already I feel that I have settled in really well. Although we are all from different backgrounds, my fellow students on the course are at a similar level and understanding to me and this makes working together easier.

“The course itself is taught in block mode, and although this is not the style that I have been used to, it certainly has had its benefits. Studying one module every month allows a greater depth and understanding of the topic and helps you to organise your work load.

“My time at the University of Huddersfield so far has been great; I have made lots of new friends and have gained lots of new experience, this can only help me in the future!”

Muhamad Faiz Md Din – Electrical Engineering

Muhamad Faiz Md Din
Muhamad Faiz Md Din

Muhamad Faiz Md Din – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Computer Based Systems Design MSc


Muhamad studied a Diploma in Electric and Electronic Engineering, then studied a HND in Electric and Electronic Engineering in his home country of Malaysia, before deciding to complete his studies in England. He decided he wanted to further his knowledge by studying an MSc in Electronic and Computer Based Design at the University of Huddersfield.

Muhamad had never visited England before, but friends encouraged him to apply for this course, as it a had good reports and a good reputation.

Since Muhamad has started the course he says ‘ the course is hard, but its easy to get help around the University from a variety of means and the tutors give the necessary support where needed.

When Muhamad completes his course, he is hoping to stay in England and gain some relevant work experience, to then return to Malaysia and put what he has learnt into practise.

Muhammad Nadeem – Computing

Muhammad Nadeem
Muhammad Nadeem

Muhammad Nadeem – Computing

Studied: Business Computing MSc
Graduated: 2008


"When I first came from Pakistan to study in the UK, this was the first time I was away from my family. This was a concern for me, as my family had invested a lot in my education and to be able to send me to the UK, and I wanted to prove that I could be independent.

"The support I received from the tutors at the University of Huddersfield really improved my self-confidence. My tutors were very approachable and I always felt that if I had a problem, either with my studies or just student life in general, they would be able to advise me. Certainly, they were willing to go the extra mile when I needed their help.

"The course was hard work and intensive but the standard of teaching was good and my tutors were very knowledgeable. My level of satisfaction was high and I felt comfortable with student life. Although I had experience of studying with a number of teachers before I came to the UK, I think my tutors at the University of Huddersfield were very inspiring, and in some cases, life-changing.

"Many overseas students are worried that they will not be able to find work in the UK. I started off in a part-time manual job with Poundstretcher, unloading containers. However, they developed me in a number of roles, including working in their e-comms department and I eventually assisted them in setting up their online business and ecommerce team. I am now a Section Leader and manage a team of 35 people.

"My time at the University of Huddersfield really encouraged me to think for myself and use my own initiative. It really made a difference and not only during my studies, it also equipped me for my career."

Muhammad Rizwan – Computing

Muhammad Rizwan
Muhammad Rizwan

Muhammad Rizwan – Computing

Studied: Computing Studies BSc(Hons) (Now Applied Computing BSc(Hons)


Owner and Managing Director of BUYEREMPIRE LTD (www.buyerempire.co.uk)

"I enjoyed the flexibility and varieties of the modules offered when I enrolled on the course. I had the option to explore and study all those modules which I was interested in and gained valuable knowledge and hands on experience in network engineering, database development, web development and service management. I'm glad I chose this course as I have had the chance to use my knowledge and experience gained from my modules and implement it in my daily practical life.

"After my graduation I started working as a computer analyst for BT Openreach and also started a side business on ebay, which took off very well and I decided to leave my job as a computer analyst. I then started another business on a larger scale importing goods from China and selling them online in the UK. Now I am flying around the globe sourcing products and selling these on my website www.buyerempire.co.uk in the United Kingdom. I have since secured contracts with large companies and regularly supplying them with our products."

Mukundan Devakiantherjanad – Electrical Engineering

Mukundan Devakiantherjanad
Mukundan Devakiantherjanad

Mukundan Devakiantherjanad – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Embedded Systems Engineering MSc


My name is Mukundah and I’m doing MSc in Embedded Systems Engineering.

What are your career ambitions and how did this influence you to come to Huddersfield?

My career ambition is to become an embedded software engineer and I actually did my Bachelors in engineering, electronics engineering, so that now I am interested in embedded systems so I just want to improve my knowledge in embedded systems and so I checked for the courses and I actually [studied my Bachelors] at the University of Wolverhampton but they don’t have embedded systems so I tried other universities and when I checked the ranking [the University of Huddersfield scored well] so then I preferred University of Huddersfield and one of my previous students from this University said embedded systems was very nice.

One of the major factors was Dr Bruce Mehrdadi – it’s because of him that I decided to join here because previous students gave me the feedback that he is the course leader and he gives nice lectures.

Can you tell us about the teaching methods on your course?

Compared to India, I prefer the education system, especially in the UK – it is a good thing because in India we all...every subject we have lectures and written examinations. Here for the subject area sometimes there will be some examinations, there will be seminars, there will be assignments as well as the practical demonstration so you...in all subjects it will be like that. Some parts can be assessed by examination, some parts can be assessed only by practical so it’s a mixture of this so I prefer this. This course is the best thing that we are doing and we are getting the maximum from our course.

Can you tell us about your tutors?

Coming from...all of the lecturers have PhDs as well as industrial experience and they have teaching experience and some of them have research experience so they can teach us what the industry needs, what we are expected to deliver...everything so I think we are getting a perfect combination of these from our lecturers.

Would you recommend your course to someone interested in this subject area?

100%.

Nawaf Alharbe – Computing

Nawaf Alharbe
Nawaf Alharbe

Nawaf Alharbe – Computing

Studied: Advanced Computer Science MSc


After completing a Computer Science degree in Saudi Arabia, Nawaf decided to further his education by studying in the UK.

“I approached the Saudi Cultural Bureau when I decided I wanted to study in the UK to help me find a course that was most suited to me.

“After an initial period of studying an English Language course in Colchester for nine months and then a further provisional four week course at the International Study Centre in Huddersfield, I was ready to start the Master’s.

“The teaching and learning styles at the University of Huddersfield are very different to that in Saudi Arabia, the assignments are current and topical and the majority of the work is real and relevant.

“There is a good mix of nationalities on my course, each bringing their own experiences and knowledge to the group. The lecturers themselves have different backgrounds and they too share their experiences to enable you to gain a greater understanding of the topic areas.

“As I am being sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Embassy, I do have the opportunity to continue my studies up to PhD, however, when I complete the course I am planning on returning to Saudi Arabia.”

Nick Boone – Electrical Engineering

Nick Boone
Nick Boone

Nick Boone – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng(Hons)


Nick has designs on his future....

What are your career ambitions – in what way did these influence your decision to come and study at Huddersfield?
I would love to be part of the next wave of technology, the next big thing.  I want to be the person who helps design your next smartphone or computer, the one that brings something really new and innovative to the market.

Tell us a bit about the teaching methods on your course? Has it been the rightmix of exams/course/research/groups work?
Lectures are engaging and interesting with plenty of practical examples.  We also work in groups when doing lab work, so we learn from each other.  Problem-based learning has also been used in a few of our modules, which I like as it appeals to the problem solving engineer in me.

What are your favourite facilities on campus and why? (library,classrooms, buildings and equipment)
Definitely the electronics labs. I'm an engineer at the end of the day so I like to be in the labs prototyping, testing and building things. I can program a chip, go next door and plug it into the circuit I built and hopefully watch it spring into life.

Considering the new fees being introducednext year.Would you say the University of Huddersfield offers value for money?
Walking around campus you can see investment everywhere. You need to choose somewhere you would enjoy being as well as somewhere with a great reputation and Huddersfield is that place.

Are you happy at the University of Huddersfield? What do you like the most?  
I'm very happy here; the University is friendly and a nice place to be. There
are people from all over the world at Huddersfield and I am studying with people who have travelled thousands of miles to be here.

Where is your favourite place to hang out on campus?
I like to be in the SU; the atmosphere in there is really good. You can pop in for a pint, play some pool or watch the footie, it's a great place to chill and have a chat after a day's work.

What do think of Huddersfield as a town? Where do you like to go for food/drink/shopping? 
You'll feel really welcome in Huddersfield.   There are loads of things to do around the town especially if you like being outdoors.  We've got local football and rugby teams; lots of shopping and some great countryside.

Nick Griffiths – Automotive Engineering

Nick Griffiths
Nick Griffiths

Nick Griffiths – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive Systems, Design and Analysis MSc


What is your course title and year of study?

Automotive Systems, Design and Analysis (MSc).  Year 1 (of 1 year course)

What are your career ambitions – in what way did these influence your decision to come and study at Huddersfield?

Aiming for a career in Motorsport.  Completed BSc in Motorsport Technology (at Huddersfield University) then decided to improve my future prospects by studying towards an MSc in a similar field. 

Tell us about the teaching methods on your course? 

A large portion is assignment based but almost every module has an examination as well.  I am heavily involved with the Formula Student Team (extra-curricular), which combines lots of design, analysis and practical work (and is the main reason I chose to continue studying and do the MSc course)

Is your course related to your work? If so, how has the course benefitted your work?

I am a full time student (so do not work), but when I was an undergraduate I completed an industrial placement year in which some aspects of the course were very important (mainly engineering fundamentals).   

What are your favourite facilities on campus and why? 

Formula Student workshop, SU Shop and Bar.

What do you think about your tutors? For example, their real life experience in your chosen subject, their teaching style, how supportive they are?

Most lecturers very supportive in scheduled lecture time and also out of lectures

Would you recommend your course to someone interested in your subject area and why?

I would recommend the course to people wishing to gain knowledge of general automotive systems (not necessarily motorsport) because the course mainly deals with analysis which can be applied to a variety of automotive or mechanical engineering disciplines. 

Have you been involved in any clubs/societies/sports? Have you used any of the student union services? What did you think?

During my 2nd year as an undergraduate, I was a member of the University of Huddersfield Rugby League team.  It was a fantastic experience and I wish I had time to play this year.

Are you happy at the University of Huddersfield? What do you like the most?

I am most happy with the opportunity to extend my knowledge through my heavy involvement with the Formula Student Team.  I could not gain as much experience without the Formula Student Project.

Where is your favourite place to relax on campus?

SU bar

What do think of Huddersfield as a town? Where do you like to go for food/drink/shopping?

It has enough facilities to satisfy most people.  Restaurants: Thai Sakon.  Drinking: SU, Camel, Tokyo.  Shopping: Kingsgate and town centre

Describe the University of Huddersfield in one word

Friendly 

Niyatee Patil – Computing

Niyatee Patil
Niyatee Patil

Niyatee Patil – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


Whilst working as a lecturer at Atharva College of Engineering in India, Niyatee decided to improve her educational background by studying in the UK.

“I was looking for a course that had a blend of Information Technology and Business Management and the University of Huddersfield had a course that suited my needs.

“I started back in September and initially found the structure of the course was so different to what I was used to, but after a few weeks I quickly settled in. You are encouraged to work with others and bring together your different experiences and knowledge which has been extremely helpful and has helped me gain in confidence both academically and socially.

“Being taught in block-study mode, where you are taught a module per month over just one week, has helped me to balance my education with living and working part-time in Manchester. Without this structure, I know I would have found this difficult.

“When I complete the course, I am hoping to stay in the UK and gain some work experience, using the skills and knowledge that I have learnt.”

Obie Ogheneochuko – Electrical Engineering

Obie Ogheneochuko
Obie Ogheneochuko

Obie Ogheneochuko – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc
Graduated: 2012


In choosing what university to attend, I gave a great amount of consideration to a number of factors which includes the university must have an excellent academic rating for the course I was to embark on, the research facilities available at the university should be state of the art, the course tuition fee and living expenses must be reasonably affordable and lastly the location of the university should be homely. I found university of Huddersfield a perfect fit.

I enjoyed every second at Huddersfield; there is an excellent support network available to help you excel in your studies right from your first contact as a prospective student at Huddersfield through the journey of being a student.

Studying at the University of Huddersfield was a life changing experience to me, the course was well structured with a good mix of both the theoretical and practical knowledge required to excel in the industry being taught by well-seasoned researchers/lecturers. It also provided me the opportunity of working in a multi-cultural environment making great friends in the process. The highlight of my study at the University of Huddersfield was when I was awarded the Queens Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee prize for outstanding academic achievement. I am so grateful to all who had supported me throughout my study.

Since graduation I have actually been preparing to return to the University of Huddersfield to study for a PhD with the Systems and Engineering Research Group where I hope to carry out ground breaking research into challenges been faced in multiphase flow in the oil and gas industries

Choosing to study for a PhD was basically down to the experience from my MSc, It has helped me develop my technical competency. I want to become a technical consultant in my field and further research will help me achieve this.  

As a graduate engineer I have become more technically grounded in my field and better prepared to work in a dynamic and demanding multicultural environment. I have developed a great sense of discipline in managing my time, thanks to the structure of my course. Lastly the entire experience has taught me to always shoot for the moon knowing even if I miss I would land among the stars.

Onajite Frances Money – Electrical Engineering

Onajite Frances Money
Onajite Frances Money

Onajite Frances Money – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc


Onajite sought advice from TMJ Educational Services in Nigeria when deciding her next academic move; they encouraged her to study overseas and directed her to the University.

“Huddersfield is a great place to study, the town is welcoming, the campus is friendly and the facilities available for my course are in my experience excellent.

My background is in industrial physics. At first I found it difficult to relate my academic knowledge to the course as I had no practical experience in this area. However, I quickly picked this up by questioning the work, reading and working with my peers. The course is based largely around practical exercises and this is giving me the insight that I need to further my ambitions.

When I complete the course I am hoping to gain employment to further my knowledge in the ‘real world’, then eventually study towards a PhD.

Oni Oluwakayode – Computing

Oni Oluwakayode
Oni Oluwakayode

Oni Oluwakayode – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


Originally from Nigeria, Oni studied an undergraduate degree in Hull before undertaking his Master’s at the University of Huddersfield.

“After working for a couple of years for, Nestle Plc and an oil and gas company in Nigeria, I decided I wanted a change and returned to education. I came to the UK originally to study Business Management, and when I completed this, I was looking for a Master’s that would increase my management knowledge and expertise.

“I applied to the University of Huddersfield after in depth discussions about the suitability of the course with the course leader.

“I am finding the Master’s interesting and challenging, and now we are half way through I am able to manage my workloads much more effectively. The facilities and resources that are available are all excellent and working with like-minded people to develop ideas and problem solve has improved my skills.

“After this course, I am planning on applying to do a PhD. I will then be able to take all my education, experience and knowledge back to Nigeria and settle into a career.”

Oscar Mullen – Computer Games

Oscar Mullen
Oscar Mullen

Oscar Mullen – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


Oscar talks about starting his own company with the help of the University.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

"Hi my name is Oscar Mullen, I'm on Computer Games Programming, I'm in the final year and I love this Uni!

"Not only do they teach you all the skills you need to get into the games industry but they also help you if you want to start up your own company, so I've been in contact with our course leaders and our business department who have actually helped me start up my own company at the moment and I am going to take that further as soon as final exams are over."

 

Owen Worley – Computer Games

Owen Worley
Owen Worley

Owen Worley – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


"After graduating I got a job working for a small company called Worldweaver Ltd. The company is based in an office in Pinewood Studios, just outside of London.

"I am currently the senior programmer and head up a team of three other programmers. Most of the work we have been doing lately is iPhone/Android applications and games, although the company is very skill diverse and we regularly take on large contract work, the latest of which was the Saudi Army/Airforce for whom we designed a visual training simulator for combat recognition and anti-fratricide (blue on blue).

"I feel very valued as an employee at Worldweaver and have been given many opportunities to extend my personal development skillset, including setting up meetings with potential new clients, writing technical specification documents and time estimates/costings in addition to dealing with our numerous existing clients."

View Owens' website: www.owenworley.co.uk/video/cat/5/

Panagiotis Moutsioulis – Automotive Engineering

Panagiotis Moutsioulis
Panagiotis Moutsioulis

Panagiotis Moutsioulis – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive Engineering MSc


"From the beginning of my studies, I knew I wanted to work in the automotive industry. I chose the University of Huddersfield because of its great reputation in mechanical and automotive engineering. I knew this course would be my passport to a career in the industry. As well as extending my knowledge, it has also introduced me to the culture of a different country.

"As a taught Master’s, the course employs a variety of approaches.  In addition to learning theory you also take part in lab experiments and software tutorials and take part in individual or group research and presentations too!  I make good use of the labs to get to grips with software packages for my modules. We are able to use the engine dynamometers and the wind tunnel for some experiments.

"The tutors have a lot of experience in industry and research. They are very approachable and always happy to discuss new ideas.

"I would definitely recommend the course to those interested in the automotive industry. It will give you the skills to pursue your ambitions at the highest level as well as furthering your research.  The course doesn’t keep you studying all day long and you get to undertake a lot of practical sessions. I enjoyed a great social life and learned a lot about time management."

Paul Allen – Automotive Engineering

Paul Allen
Paul Allen

Paul Allen – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng


Paul is studying Automotive and Motorsport Engineering MEng. He thinks the best thing about his course is the variety of engineering knowledge he receives right from the basics of how a car works through to detailed analysis and design. His describes his tutors as experts in their respective fields which is great for relating things to real world situations. Paul feels the knowledge held within the University of Huddersfield definitely makes it an inspiring place to be.

Paul McGovern – Multimedia

Paul McGovern
Paul McGovern

Paul McGovern – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


"In my placement year I went to work for Dynamic Business Services as a Design Co-ordinator.  During my placement I was given the opportunity to design and develop a diverse range of  applications for many large clients including First Direct, M&S and Premier Farnell. One of my greatest achievements was to build a multi-lingual induction course for new employees to the Premier Farnell organisation which has now been used by thousands of people worldwide."

Pete Duncanson – Computing

Pete Duncanson
Pete Duncanson

Pete Duncanson – Computing

Studied: Computing Studies BSc(Hons) (Now Applied Computing BSc(Hons)


I run a small internet development and consultation business here in Huddersfield with 4 staff and a dog. We come up with clever ideas to nasty problems for the travel industry, estate agents and some other sectors. I ignored the bright lights of London after graduation and stayed local as I'd moved around most of my life before University due to my parents work, so it was nice to finally make a place home and try to get some roots.

I've recently been doing some guess lecturing at the Uni with Dr John Bonner, took on a placement student (and then kept him full time after he graduated), host a monthly geek meetup in Huddersfield called HuddsDigitals (www.meetup.com/Hudds-Digitals), work with the new creative school and try to be a nice active member of the community by giving a little back.

As well as the internet development business I also own a kitchen knife business (www.cuttingedgeknives.co.uk) and we are working on launching another site to sell axes, busy, busy, busy!

Peter Nicholson – Computing

Peter Nicholson
Peter Nicholson

Peter Nicholson – Computing

Studied: Computing Science BSc(Hons)


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

"Hi my name is Peter Nicholson and I'm on the second year of the BSc Computer Science course.

"The modules I enjoy the most are Computational Mathematics and Operating Systems. I like Computational Mathematics the best simply because I found myself to be quite adept at maths and certainly I enjoy the more theoretical side of things. Operating Systems is quite low level really in computing, I like to know how stuff works under your feet, normally stuff you don't see.

"In terms of the staff, I think they are by far the best, they offer plenty of support when you need it and any questions that you ask are certainly answered straight away.

"Overall my experience has been quite excellent really."

Phil McDonald – Mechanical Engineering

Phil McDonald
Phil McDonald

Phil McDonald – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering MEng/BEng(Hons)


Phil McDonald video interview on work placement experience during our Open day


Video Transcript

"Hi I’m Phil McDonald; I’ve just finished a Mechanical Engineering course at Huddersfield University. I had a placement last year that was 12 months, at a company called DePuy Spine Inc in Switzerland. They make spinal implants and instruments for degenerate spinal disorders, where I was an RND intern, designing the implants and at the first stage of the engineering process. The practical skills that I learnt on placement were not only how the instruments and implants work, but how the departments at the companies in industry work and how different companies interact and involve each other, like its general vendors, on the job training, with cars especially. They’ve got a full day intensive course, which helped and gave you better insight into what you were going into.

"I would definitely recommend going on placements for other students because it’s very... it opens your eyes to what you’re signing up for at the beginning. It gives you an insight into which industry you want to go into, especially with Engineering, whether it be Automotive, Aeronautical, Civil. There are so many different roads you can go down, it opens your eyes as to which ones you can. And it helps you out when you’re looking for a job, as employers like to get somebody who has a placement, as opposed to somebody that hasn’t, because they have the experience and know how things work.

"Currently I get my results on Tuesday and then start a full time graduate position on Wednesday, which I got through the Placement Office. With the help of the dedicated Placement Team, who help with not only the placements but your jobs when you graduate and help you for a few years after that."

Richard Kellett – Mechanical Engineering

Richard Kellett
Richard Kellett

Richard Kellett – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng


"Throughout sixth form I always had the intention of carrying on in higher education and worked to gain the best grades possible.

"I would say the choice in course was the main reason I am pleased with my time  at University. Studying Mechanical engineering with a placement year, enabled me to obtain some valuable experience before entering the ‘real world’.

"Having completed my industrial placement at Cummins Turbo Technologies (CTT), also in Huddersfield, I felt like there was more incentive to work hard in the final year in order to gain the grades I needed to return. This extra drive did help and I ended up gaining the grades I needed.

"Following my graduation I was already enrolled on the graduate scheme at CTT where I further expanded my knowledge of the industry by moving around different departments to pick up more skills and develop more working relationships. This exposure to different departments has definitely helped my career.

"After completing approximately nine months of the graduate scheme I was successful in a interview to move back into the department I worked as an industrial placement student, Application engineering.

"As an applications engineer I am responsible for the integration of the turbocharger onto the customers engine. In order to do this I have to have regular communications with external customers, in my case with Fiat Powertrain who are mainly located in Turin, Italy. In order to maintain a good relationship with the customer I spend a lot of time travelling in order to hold project reviews and support with any issues where required. I would say that this was one of the main reasons for applying for the job in the first place.

"Having had such a successful path through University and into work I would obviously promote it, however I would say for engineering, Huddersfield is an excellent place to study and I would say based on the numbers of people I work with today the success rate in obtaining a job having studied at Huddersfield is very high!

"I would highly recommend is completing the industrial work placement year as this not only gives experience in the chosen area but it gives you confidence and inter personal skills required to obtain that all important job when you graduate!"

Rick Jackson – Computer Games

Rick Jackson
Rick Jackson

Rick Jackson – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

"Hi I'm Rick Jackson and I'm in my 3rd year of a Computer Games Design course. I chose the course because it has an in house studio which you can go into in your 3rd year if you are lucky to get a placement there. You work in an everyday environment of a games studio. It runs as a proper games studio so you learn how to work in a team and all your core skills. It's really great

 

Rizwan Hussain – Multimedia

Rizwan Hussain
Rizwan Hussain

Rizwan Hussain – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


"My name is Rizwan Hussain and I am studying the final year of Interactive Multimedia.

"I chose Huddersfield because it was close to my home town Halifax and it had the course that I desired to study.

"The modules that I enjoy the most are Visual Design and Web Programming. Visual Design because it is very creative and Web programming because it is technical and I believe combining these modules will give me the required skills that I need in the industry.

"Student life is very enjoyable, we have facilities such as the SU (Student's Union) bar, gym, events and nightlife is pretty good as well we have Tokyo's and Camel Club which make the experience of Uni much more enjoyable.

"After graduation I plan to do freelance work to start with because I don't want to be jobless as soon as I finish the course but my aim is to enter the industry and become a digital media designer.

"So far my experience as a student has been really good because I have learnt the skills that I desired to learn which will help me in the industry and also in terms of tutor feedback that has been reasonable (as) well and I believe I am capable of entering the industry as a digital media designer."

Robbie Lloyd – Electrical Engineering

Robbie Lloyd
Robbie Lloyd

Robbie Lloyd – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic Engineering and Computer Systems BEng(Hons)


"Placement was a really great year out for me, and I was lucky enough to work for Switchgear and Instrumentation. I met some lovely people, got the opportunity to apply what I'd learnt on the course and also got to see how the industry actually operates. I'd definitely advise anyone to do a placement year."

Robert Reed – Electrical Engineering

Robert Reed
Robert Reed

Robert Reed – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Communication Engineering BEng(Hons)


Robert graduated in 1994 and is now Datacenter SSD Strategic Planning Manager for NVM Solutions Group (NSG), Intel Corporation

Ross Dewsnap – Mechanical Engineering

Ross Dewsnap
Ross Dewsnap

Ross Dewsnap – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering MEng


Mechanical Engineering graduate Ross Dewsnap talks about his experience at the University of Huddersfield. He has since received five job offers and saw his time at the University of Huddersfield as a great investment.

Rui Shi – Mechanical Engineering

Rui Shi
Rui Shi

Rui Shi – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons) / Mechanical Engineering MSc


"In 2004 I first visited Study Overseas UK in India, there I came to know about the opportunities for higher education in the UK.  I studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate and soon realised that I wanted to further my education in the field of automotive research and development.  I chose the University Of Huddersfield based on the course structure and the cost of living.

"I liked the modules and in particular I liked the practicality of the course. It's always fun learning new things and it was a challenge.

"The design studio was fundamental to my course and I spent many hours reading and researching over the internet, working on designs and using the CAD machines.

"My written English has always been good, but my spoken English wasn't that brilliant. Throughout the duration of the course I've developed this and now have a more refined structure to the way I speak now.

"Since graduation I have worked for the Ford Motor Company as a NVH Engineer in Powertrain Development.  I then went on to work for Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies as an Evaluation Test Engineer in Exhaust Systems, and I am now working for Jaguar Land Rover as a NVH Engineer.

"My choices at University have certainly impacted on where I am today, if I hadn't studied the Master's I wouldn't be standing here right now."

Rupali Bhujade – Computing

Rupali Bhujade
Rupali Bhujade

Rupali Bhujade – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


Rupali Bhujade studied the MSc in Information Systems Management, whilst also working full-time at a health care IT company and raising a family.

“Having completed all of my previous university education in India, the prospect of embarking on a Master’s course in England was quite daunting. I have a family to support and a career to attend to, so making the right choice in terms of the course was, of course, very important.

“Studying for the MSc in Information Systems Management has given me confidence and strength that I didn’t know I had. Of course, it was a big decision for me to decide to come back to education, especially in the current financial climate, but it has provided me with so many opportunities that I would previously not have had. I have moved from a job which was unsatisfactory to one where I’m happy and which is helping me to use the skills I’m learning on the course.

“Overcoming these challenges has helped me a great deal, but the best thing is knowing that I have helped others to face such difficulties – a friend of mine in a similar situation to me was unsure about whether to come back to education, seeing my success has spurred her on and she is now studying on the same course!

“Whilst I was studying the Master’s I was offered a job at Salamander in York as a Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst, which I took after graduating in July. Most recently, I have just accepted a position at SSP in Halifax. SSP is the premier provider of IT solutions to the global insurance and financial services industries with almost 50,000 users in over 50 countries. My role is a QA Specialist, its still early days, but I am loving it!”

Ryan Tiffany – Computing

Ryan Tiffany
Ryan Tiffany

Ryan Tiffany – Computing

Studied: Computing BSc(Hons)


AUDIO TRANSCRIPT

"Hi my name is Ryan and I'm a second year student studying Computing BSc.

"I have recently managed to get a placement with the EUI in Italy thanks to the Placement Unit. They have really helped me get to where I wanted to be, helped me with my CV and doing mock interviews which has been really helpful.

"On my course for computing I do so much stuff, from ethical hacking to all sorts of different programming languages."

Saad Alshahrani – Electrical Engineering

Saad Alshahrani
Saad Alshahrani

Saad Alshahrani – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc


“After completing my Mechanical Engineering I wanted to study in the UK because of its reputation for education. I talked with a friend who studied at Huddersfield and recommended I go too.

“Huddersfield is a very comfortable place for students, everything you need is very close and the town is also close to bigger cities such as Leeds and Manchester.

“The tutors make life much easier for international students and the people on campus are so friendly and kind.”

Saad is looking to return to Saudi Arabia to work for his sponsors as a lecturer and share his educational experiences of the UK with his students.

Sam Slade – Computer Games

Sam Slade
Sam Slade

Sam Slade – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


Computer Games Programming graduate Sam Slade talks about his time at the University of Huddersfield. He reflects on his placement year spent with a software company in Manchester and how this helped him develop his skills.

Sanjin Berberkic – Electrical Engineering

Sanjin Berberkic
Sanjin Berberkic

Sanjin Berberkic – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic and Computer Based System Design MSc


Recently completing his Master’s course, Sanjin reflects on his time at the University of Huddersfield.

“Back in Paris, a group of UK universities came to talk about the courses available at each institution. After the presentations, the University of Huddersfield seemed the best choice for me and I decided to come to study the final year electronic and communication systems BEng.

“One of the reasons I came to the UK to study was the teaching methods; they are completely different to that of France, which has far more lectures and less independent study time. Also, I wanted to meet new people from different cultures and origins. I have been lucky enough to meet people from all around the world, Bangladesh, India, Slovakia, Poland and China.

“After my graduation, I was asked if I was interested in doing a Master’s. I enjoyed the fact that the course was industry oriented, with lots of laboratory works. I know I have learned a lot during my time at Huddersfield.

“My proudest moment is by far the presentation of my Master’s project to my lectures, I had put a lot of time and energy in to that project and I was really proud to show them the results of my hard work.

“Just recently graduating, I am now pursuing a PhD in the area of renewable energy, a challenge that I am really looking forward to.”

Sara Haley – Multimedia

Sara Haley
Sara Haley

Sara Haley – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


"After my graduation I went home to Oxford and worked at an international company called Wiley Blackwell, formally known as Blackwell Publishing. I was a Web Producer and designed  and built their journal sites. I worked here for about a year and then I moved over to Oxfam GB, a global charity organisation. Oxfam was amazing - great people and a great cause. I worked there for nearly two and a half years for the ecommerce team for the online shop as a Web Production Assistant.

"I'm currently working in Phoenix, Arizona, working for eMarketing, where I am involved with on online promotions and sweepstakes. I can honestly say that this place is amazing - they even have a slushy machine! I've learnt so much from working here, and have been given the opportunity to build my portfolio with huge brand names you can only dream of working with when getting your degree.

"Thanks to the University of Huddersfield and its lecturers I was given a great learning experience which has helped me get to where I am today... Thank you!"

Scott Hudson – Mechanical Engineering

Scott Hudson
Scott Hudson

Scott Hudson – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Automotive Engineering BEng(Hons)
Current Job Title and Employer: Prototype Build Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover


"I was originally attracted to the University of Huddersfield because of the commitment to placements.  I went through the process of applying for a variety of jobs and gaining some very valuable interview experience.

"I took a job at Millbrook Proving Ground, which was really enjoyable; it affirmed in my mind the reason I had chosen to study engineering and allowed me to begin to apply everything that I had been learning at University.  The support I received from the placement unit was invaluable, guidance on how to lay out my CV as well as information on what I should expect at assessment centres left nothing as a surprise at interviews.

"When I returned from the placement year, I had an excellent grounding for a final year project and when applying for graduate jobs, realising how much of an advantage a placement year gives you.

"When I went for my interview with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) I was able to go into detail about my experience, and relate a lot of the competency based questions to experiences I had during my placement. This is a massive benefit when you are asked questions about how you would handle specific situations and you are able to give real examples of when you have already had to deal with that situation.

"Speaking to managers within JLR, they feel that candidates who have placement experience tend to hit the ground running a lot quicker and find it a lot easier to quickly show a positive impact in the business."

Scott Thompson – Automotive Engineering

Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson

Scott Thompson – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Motorsport Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng


“I completed my work placement at CRS Racing (world renowned British motor racing team). This gave me the project management skills, technical skills and real world experience of stress, deadlines and pressure that I need to survive in the high profile environment of the motorsport industry.

“One of my proudest moments while studying at the University of Huddersfield was receiving the third place ‘Engineering Design Award’ on behalf of the University’s Formula Student Team.”

Shahab Arif – Electrical Engineering

Shahab Arif
Shahab Arif

Shahab Arif – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons) / MSc by Research: Electronic Braille Document Reader


“Since an early age I have always been interested in how things work. At high school I excelled at electronics so I decided to further my education in the subject area. I gained a BTEC National Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at college then a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Huddersfield. I worked on the Electronic Braille Document Reader for my final year project and then carried this on for further research as my masters by research project.

" My project revolves around making literature more accessible to blind and visually impaired individuals. My research allows me to learn and understand the problems people with different disabilities face even with the current advances in technology.

"My research project was to look at a major problem faced by the blind and come up with a solution. It allowed me to use my skills to solve the problems and tinker with prototypes to test the feasibility. I learnt a lot about working on a project and developing products.

"Braille books tend to be very large in size and unfortunately only a fraction of books are published in braille. The aim of my research is to develop a product that would provide blind users access to the vast amount of ebooks available online by displaying it in braille. And like the ebook readers available for sighted people the device would be compact enough to be able to be carried around easily.

"I'm currently deciding on the route to take with my career. I'm considering a PhD to look at technology available for everyone and assessing how accessible they are to disabled people. I will then try to propose ways to overcome the accessibility issues faced by many people due to their disability. "

Shane Harper – Computer Games

Shane Harper
Shane Harper

Shane Harper – Computer Games

Studying: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)



Video transcript

"I'm Shane Harper and I'm studying video game design.

"Before I started University I came from a performing background so a lot of acting and stuff like that so something completely unrelated to game design but I've always had an interest really.

"Adapting to University life at first was quite difficult purely because moving away from home is always one of the hardest things you have to do but after meeting my course mates and meeting my flat mates I started making friends really quickly and so after almost a couple of weeks I felt like I was at home.

"The thing I think I enjoy most about my course is the creativity that you get with it so instead of sitting down and writing an essay there is no right or wrong answer its all about what your imagination can create so its more about the artistic flair more than a correct or wrong answer. 

"I think the main module that I enjoy is the animation, purely because being able to give life to an inanimate object, being able to create a story with just a few cubes or a brick then it just makes it so much more worthwhile.

"My time at university so far has been pretty amazing. During the first year I was uncertain of what I would think about it but now two years in I could not wish to be anywhere else to be honest, I never want to leave!

"After I finish University I'm thinking about going into visual effects, something which I really wouldn't have even thought about before joining this course but animation, visual effects and all that creativity has just helped me really know what I want to do in the future.

"I think the most important advice I would give to someone who wants to study at Huddersfield is please apply! It's daunting at first and you shouldn't be scared because its the same for everyone when they are first applying you don't know if you're going to enjoy it but its all about taking that first leap and thats the most important part."

Sheba Grace – Electrical Engineering

Sheba Grace
Sheba Grace

Sheba Grace – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation MSc


Originally from India, Sheba came to study at the University of Huddersfield after being awarded a Patrick Stewart Fee Waiver Scholarship.

“Before I came to Huddersfield, I had completed Bachelors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I chose to further my education in a UK institution, as courses are seen as more prestigious and encourage independence in learning.

Huddersfield itself is a beautiful town, and the University is a great place to study. As an international student, you are offered support from financial issues to finding accommodation and on a course level the tutors are friendly are helpful.

After I complete my course, I will be applying for post study work to gain experience in the UK industries, which will be an asset to my CV.

Simon Ratcliffe – Information Systems

Simon Ratcliffe
Simon Ratcliffe

Simon Ratcliffe – Information Systems

Studied: Information and Communication Technology BSc(Hons)


“I spent my placement year at the University Campus Barnsley as a Multimedia Assistant and worked on the development of several websites including Qdos Creates and Fruition Publishing.

“As a result of my placement year I am now more interested in web design and development. The modules I have chosen to study in my final year should help to further my knowledge and I hope to learn more about e-commerce, content management and search engine optimisation.

“My placement year has given me the chance to put theory into practice.  It has been a valuable learning opportunity.”

Stephen Harding – Multimedia

Stephen Harding
Stephen Harding

Stephen Harding – Multimedia

Studied: Interactive Multimedia BA(Hons)


Stephen graduated in 2009 and is now a Web Development Officer at Newcastle University Library and also a freelance Web and Graphic Designer...

Stuart Hague – Automotive Engineering

Stuart Hague
Stuart Hague

Stuart Hague – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive and Motorsport Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng


"My placement was very useful to me. I spent 12 months as a project engineer working on projects designing and testing exhaust systems for new small Ford models (including Fiesta ST) at Faurecia. I gained several contacts which have since offered me advice and jobs.

"My greatest memory of University without a doubt is being part of Team HARE Formula student. Beginning in 2011, it was stressful and hard work but very rewarding to be able to race a car that you designed and built as a team in countries throughout Europe.

"Since I have graduated I have landed a good job as a Project Engineer at Gesipa Blind Riveting System Ltd, dealing with engineers and customers on a global scale.  A job which I wouldn't have got without my degree."

Syed Rizvi – Electrical Engineering

Syed Rizvi
Syed Rizvi

Syed Rizvi – Electrical Engineering

Studying: Electronic and Electrical Engineering BEng (Hons)



Video transcript

"Hi, my name is Syed Rizvi and I'm studying Electronics and Electrical Engineering here at the University of Huddersfield.

"My background before starting engineering at University was I had taken GCSE Science and Maths and later from there I took Science and Maths and A Level as well and in general I've always liked making and breaking things ever since my childhood so that led my way to choosing a course in electronics and electrical engineering.

"The thing that I enjoy most about my course is the lab, this is where we get to do hands on work on different assignments and projects and this helps relate the theory that we have picked on in the lectures and then the assignments handed out to us and thats where we get to do some hands on work.

"During my course the modules that I have enjoyed so far have been the embedded systems and digital systems integration. Both involve a bit of programming, slightly different sort of programming, something that I was really weak at but these two modules have helped me gain better knowledge of programming and simply getting better at it.

"As part of my course I have opted for a work placement during my second year.* The placement unit helped me in building my CV, covering letter, going out to different employers for interviews, they arranged mock interviews for us and that helped me gain a 12-14 month placement with a multinational corporate, an American company, and that is how I got into a placement.

"After finishing my course I am planning to get a graduate job, currently seeking a graduate job and the main reason for that is all what I have learnt so far at Uni I really want to put it into practice and go back to industry and gain some more technical knowledge so I can be better at what I've learnt.

"Just come visit us at Huddersfield, you'll love the place, it's got the best scenery in the country, its God's county so you're going to love the place. We've got 24/7 library facilities, we've got well equipped labs, well resourced labs, and then we've got all the facilities that you need, gym, Student's Union, we've got the SU shop and computer suites are available, we've got a 24/7 computer suite and most of all, we've got a canal!"

*Placement opted for in second year is undertaken in the third year of a sandwich course

Tim Amsdon – Electrical Engineering

Tim Amsdon
Tim Amsdon

Tim Amsdon – Electrical Engineering

Studied: Electronic Engineering BEng(Hons) - currently PhD in Visible Light Communications


"I  chose the University for my undergraduate studies because the engineering courses were ideal for my field of interest, and also because the University was close to my hometown of Dewsbury, which made good economic sense."

"I got a lot of great support and encouragement from the lecturers at the University, and successfully graduated with BEng (Hons) degree way back in 1997. Since graduation I have worked continuously in industry for over 15 years, working for Filtronic Components Ltd, Pace Micro Technology, Zarlink Semiconductors, Microtune Inc. (Dallas, USA) and Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, Texas). During my time in industry I have also travelled and worked extensively around the world; Europe, Asia and North America. I also lived in the USA for 8 years, and for a number of months in Germany and Korea, and therefore learned many things about foreign cultures and business practices."

"During my undergraduate studies I changed immensely;  gaining confidence, theoretical knowledge, analytical skills, team playing skill and presentation skills. I became a good all-rounder in engineering, which prepared me well for the technical and management positions I have held in industry. One of my key strengths is my ability to multitask and get involved in many aspects of engineering problem solving, I am not just limited to my specialist field of RF and Microwave engineering. Huddersfield gave me  an education with breadth and depth in many key subjects which enabled me to have a very successful industrial career."

"l returned to the UK, and decided to research my PhD at the University of Huddersfield. My reasons for choosing to study a postgraduate degree at the University were again similar to those for my undergraduate degree, but with some additions. One of my motivations for choosing Huddersfield this time around was to give something back to the University. I have certainly learned many things  from working in industry and from travelling and living abroad, and I would like to pass my knowledge and experience onto the next generation of engineers. To this end I have recently completed the Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme (TAPP) training course provided by the University, and have started assisting in undergraduate laboratory’s with an ambition of lecturing at some point."

"An added bonus is that I returned to the University to find some familiar faces that taught me during my Undergraduate studies. Two supervisors for my PhD actually taught me during my undergraduate studies in the 1990s, and now supporting and encouraging me again through the next stage of my academic evolution."

"My core advice to fellow students remains unchanged: never take anything for granted. If you want to succeed, chose your courses and modules carefully, and remember that taking the easy route is not always the way to the top, the really exciting and demanding jobs with the highest rewards are usually tough and require the skills and knowledge gained from a number of core subjects."

Tim Hiscox – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Tim Hiscox
Tim Hiscox

Tim Hiscox – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


Tim studied A Levels in Biology, Physics and Design and Technology before deciding to study a BSc(Hons) in Music Technology and Audio Systems at the University of Huddersfield.  Tim chose to study within the School of Computing and Engineering because the Music Technology course had a very good reputation and excellent resources. Tim says "the music technology resources enabled the course to be very diverse, which I found appealing".

During Tim's time at University he undertook a work placement at Testa-Rossa Studios, Manchester. Tim explains "I learned a lot about the nature of the music industry here, as well as practical skills in using Pro Tools and recording in a professional studio environment".

During Tim's final year he worked hard and graduated with a First Class degree.  His first job when he left University was with BBC Radio Leeds as a Broadcast Assistant for Sport.  He is now working as a  freelance producer, making music beds in a variety of styles for radio stations around the world.  Tim concludes "the course I studied gave me the knowledge, skills, confidence and contacts to pursue a career in music. The people I have met and the experiences I have had at University have been priceless!"

Toby Stretch – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Toby Stretch
Toby Stretch

Toby Stretch – Music Technology and Audio Systems

Studied: Music Technology and Audio Systems BSc(Hons)


Toby discusses his time at University and explains the findings of his final year project...


Video Transcript:

"My name is Toby Stretch, I’m a final year student at Huddersfield University, studying Music Technology and Audio Systems.

"I chose Huddersfield, firstly because my dad is actually in the industry and we specifically went around looking for a University with high standards of equipment and Huddersfield is one of the very few Universities which stood out to me.

"Student life is really good; it’s quite a small town, so there’s a very local feel to the whole place. The campus is all in one place, unlike many other Universities where campus is separated, you’re all in one place, it’s self-contained and it’s just a really nice place.

"My final year project was an audio quality evaluation of analogue and digital conversion. And what that basically is, is the process of recording into a computer or an electronic device. I looked at different soundcards on the market, available today and see if there’s a mark difference between different soundcards, higher price point of view and a lower price point of view.

"I tested a different range of soundcards, going up to the top end market, which would be the Digiv Design 11296, which is found in professional recording studios. To find a lower budget model, found in more home studios settings.

"I tested the soundcards twofold, which in audio is incredibly important. You have to test them from two... There are two testing methodologies which is objective and subjective measurements. Objective measurements are electrical measurements that are factual, scientific measurements, so I used a testing system to test the individual soundcards. Then I did control listening tests, with expert listeners, to see if there was a subjective response to the measurements that I did and then I tried to collate the two, to if there was a trend.

"My findings were quite conclusive that there was definitely a trend between both my measurements. The measurements that I took electrically, objectively I definitely found a difference between the soundcards. The subjectively, during my listening tests, the listeners responded exactly the same as my objective measurements, suggesting that people can hear the differences between these devices.

"I found the process quite stimulating really because we’ve given our own kind of free boundaries and it’s all up to you. The support from the staff was really good and overall I found it really interesting because it is extremely conclusive what I did.

"After graduation, I’ve secured employment with a company down South, working on the Olympics as a systems engineer. Overall, my student experience has been fantastic. I’ve really enjoyed myself at Huddersfield and obviously the chapter is coming to a close now but overall it’s been really beneficial to me and I’ve learnt so much and I’ve made some really good friends there."

 

Tomas Skerik – Computing

Tomas Skerik
Tomas Skerik

Tomas Skerik – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


"When I complete my studies my main goal is to start my own company. In today’s world everything revolves around information technology and there is simply no place for companies that lack understanding and knowledge in this area. I believe my Master's will give me much needed exposure and widen my knowledge in the area of computing.

"The course has put my abilities as a researcher, academic writer and analyst to the test. I get the opportunity to test myself in a real life project scenario and also experience what it is like to work with different people, finding out the most effective way of working together.

"My tutors are specialists and are happy to impart their knowledge, test our abilities and help prepare us for the job market.

"The University helps students who want to start their own business within the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre. There is an open space office which is great for networking and also a team of professionals who assist students in turning their business dreams into a reality.

"I would definitely recommend anyone to study at the University,  the course won't just prepare you for practice but it also gives you full knowledge and understanding of the development of new technologies and how they connect with business."

Tonic Matika – Computing

Tonic Matika
Tonic Matika

Tonic Matika – Computing

Studied: Information Systems Management MSc


“I worked part-time for the Students Union as an IT Manager at the University from 2005 to 2008, so when I decided to enrol for a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management it was natural that I chose the University of Huddersfield.

“Having worked for a long time in IT it was refreshing to be challenged academically again and the mix of delegates on the Master’s programme was quite varied, making the sessions dynamic and thought provoking. I especially enjoyed the group assignments and presentations which always generated insightful debates and I really enjoyed my dissertation.

“The support from my supervisor was consistent and probing, so it helped to get the best out of me. The library is well resourced and the convenient online facilities were really useful during my studies. Huddersfield is a small, friendly town so it’s ideal for studying.

“After completing my course in 2008, I had the confidence to apply for jobs in larger organisations. After a couple of interviews I secured a position with the City of York Council working as the Integrated Systems Manager responsible for system interfaces across the council.  I was there for a year before I moved on to a new role at Chiltern District Council as the Corporate Records Manager.

“As the Corporate Records Manager my brief was wide and varied and included looking after the Council’s information assets including information security, governance, record retention and disposal, protective marking, vital records management and business continuity, email management for e-discovery and file plan management. I had responsibility for the Electronic Document and Records Management Systems (EDMRS) across the council as well as content management to ensure websites were up to date and relevant , which was vital to ensure excellent customer service.

“Currently I am working for the City of Westminster as the Corporate Records Manager. I work with a team of five to ensure records management practices across the city are consistent with and supportive of the aspirations of the Council in meeting and exceeding customer expectations. I am excited about this new role and hope to make a difference on a long-term basis. With a customer base of 240,000 in the city and a workforce of about 5000 this new role is challenging in both scope and expectations but I am ready for the challenge.

“The Master’s I gained at Huddersfield helps me stand out from the field when applying for jobs and the confidence and critical thinking skills I developed during my studies has stood me in good stead in interviews.  I would advise anyone who might be thinking about it to take up a Master’s course as, coupled with work experience, it will make you appealing to prospective employers. If you get an opportunity to go on placement while studying that’s even better as experience is a necessity for most employers.”

Unggul Baroto – Mechanical Engineering

Unggul Baroto
Unggul Baroto

Unggul Baroto – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering BEng(Hons)/MEng


Unggul graduated in 1989 and is now Training Manager for TVS Motor Company, Indonesia 

Chigozie Usoh – Mechanical Engineering

Chigozie Usoh
Chigozie Usoh

Chigozie Usoh – Mechanical Engineering

Studied: Mechanical Engineering MSc
Graduated: 2011


"Having already obtained my Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, I wanted to further enhance my area of specialization. This led to my decision to pursue a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

"Having previously had background knowledge in Engineering and an experience in the Oil and Gas Industry, it made my progression in my desired program easier and faster.

"The University offers state-of-the-art facilities, made available to enhance teaching and learning and also continually improves on them. The facilities are very good most especially the mechanical laboratories, design studio, the availability of various engineering software’s, internet enabled computers and lecture rooms.   

"My lecturers are professionals who have made strategic impact and contributions in their area of expertise, and it is very interesting learning under them.

"I believe after graduation this course will have increased my confidence to practise in the desired sector in the industry.

"After my MSc study in 2011, I pursed a doctoral program (PhD) at the University of New South Wales, Australia (UNSW) leading to an award of a doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2015"

Ven Vedam – Automotive Engineering

Automotive design
Automotive design

Ven Vedam – Automotive Engineering

Studied: Automotive System Design and Analysis MSc


"In 2004 I first visited Study Overseas UK in India, there I came to know about the opportunities for higher education in the UK.  I studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate and soon realised that I wanted to further my education in the field of automotive research and development.  I chose the University Of Huddersfield based on the course structure and the cost of living.

"I liked the modules and in particular I liked the practicality of the course. It's always fun learning new things and it was a challenge.

"The design studio was fundamental to my course and I spent many hours reading and researching over the internet, working on designs and using the CAD machines.

"My written English has always been good, but my spoken English wasn't that brilliant. Throughout the duration of the course I've developed this and now have a more refined structure to the way I speak now.

"Since graduation I have worked for the Ford Motor Company as a NVH Engineer in Powertrain Development.  I then went on to work for Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies as an Evaluation Test Engineer in Exhaust Systems, and I am now working for Jaguar Land Rover as a NVH Engineer.

"My choices at University have certainly impacted on where I am today, if I hadn't studied the Master's I wouldn't be standing here right now."

Wes Weaver – Information Systems

Wes Weaver
Wes Weaver

Wes Weaver – Information Systems

Studied: Information Communication Technology BSc(Hons)


VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

"My name is Wes and I'm on the second year of the BSc ICT course at the University of Huddersfield.

"I chose Huddersfield because it has a nice friendly atmosphere when I came to look round it and it is everything I wanted it to be really.

"The facilities at Huddesfield are really good, they are up to date, modern and they are always updating the software and the hardware that we have got here so everything is up to date.

"The staff at Huddersfield, I have never had a problem with any of the staff, they are all really friendly and all there to help whenever you need it.

"My plan for the placement year is I am going to be working in a firm in Leeds, I'm going to be doing a lot of user experience design and it is going to help me brush up on all the skills I have learnt from Huddersfield and help me develop further as a person as well.

"So far my experience as a student has been brilliant at Huddersfield, I couldn't fault it, I have made lots of new friends and I've settled in really easily."

Wesley Mackinder – Computer Games

Wesley Mackinder
Wesley Mackinder

Wesley Mackinder – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)


Wesley Mackinder talks about his experience so far on the Computer Games Design degree.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

"My name is Wesley Mackinder and I'm at the University of Huddersfield studying Computer Games Design and I'm in between my second and third year.

"Before starting at University I had a general knowledge about the courses and the industry and what careers there were but I didn't have a specific knowledge of what roles I would be tailored to and so the great thing about this course is that it dealt in all aspects of this area. While my course is design based and is great for learning all these skills but in the real world designers work with professional technical designers and programmers and people from other disciplines and normally at University you are quite insular and just work by yourself but at this University they have modules that introduce those other disciplines into your course so you are working with people that are on a different course creating a real-world professional experience that is going to be invaluable to people that will want to employ you.

"Before going to University I always heard that it was hard to get your lecturers' attention and it's hard to get one-on-one tuition but I haven't really experienced that at all. Nine times out of ten when you knock on a lecturers door they let you go in and speak to them for 10 to 20 minutes. I really wanted to get to University and to get through it and get as much as I could out of it and jump straight in to my chosen career and the University has definitely provided me with that.

"Canalside Studios is the in-house development studio here at the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddersfield. Its a Studio that is a professional working environment but its just placement students from the School itself. Obviously placements are quite hard to come by in industry so its very useful to have a safe place to get placements at the University. We create professional content for companies such as the Royal Armouries, they also have more traditional games that have come out on XBox Live Arcade and XBox Live Community Games. I'm now at the position where I am working at a near professional level and creating content for real-world clients and the wealth of practical skills is just phenominal that I have gained. The fact that I've been at the in-house studio working at a professional level is super important, the fact that I'm able to go to an employer with real-world experience rather than being just another graduate that needs experience is something that is very important. 

"On a more personal level the experience at University gives you huge independance, meeting like minded people and generally growing as a person. You are surrounded by countryside, it's quite nice and relaxing whilst at the same time having all those experiences you expect from a University city so its the best of two worlds really.

"With the fees that are involved with going to University its definitely a financial investment but I think the University of Huddersfield offer such a great place to make that investment. If fees were as high as they are going to be when I was going to University I would still go, I couldn't put a monetary price on my time at Huddersfield."

Will Eades – Computer Games

Will Eades
Will Eades

Will Eades – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Design BA(Hons)


“Studying Computer Games Design gave me the opportunity to push my creativity in ways that I never thought possible. I particularly enjoyed the 3D Animation module: learning the tools and techniques, and being given the freedom to create my own short movies! With each year my skills and ability grew and I quickly fell in love with animation in particular character based animation.

“My time at Huddersfield was a great mix of work and play.  I played basketball for the University and the local national league team even had the chance to go on tour to Spain with them which was amazing. I lived with a lot of great people who I now class as life long friends and the times we had were extremely memorable to say the least!

“As well as having fun, I worked hard and was rewarded with a few awards for my work. Major highlights include receiving first prize in the Kirklees Council animation competition for the “Extreme Weather Preparedness” scheme and being awarded the “Next Level Design award for best overall performance in the final year of a Digital Media course,” as well as ending up with a First class degree.  My time at University was an amazing experience and I think that I got as much out of it as I could.

“When I graduated I immediately sent out my CV and ‘showreel’ to companies all over the UK expecting at least one interview or job offer.   Luckily, I was given the opportunity to do a test piece for RealtimeUK and get some work experience. I was asked to prove myself and after three weeks of unpaid work I was given the full-time position of Character Animator.

“Working at RealtimeUK is the best job I could have expected to get. I have worked on some great projects and animated characters for some really high end clients such as Sega, Pringles, Sky Sports, LG, Microsoft to name but a few. I am always learning and always getting better and have many goals and aspirations of taking my career to higher levels.  This is evident as within my first year here at RealtimeUK I have been promoted to Lead Character Animator.

“Going to Huddersfield has played a big part in my getting to where I am now.  I am also a strong believer in you get out of life what you put in, I worked very hard throughout University and didn’t always rely on the tutors to teach me everything I wanted to know.

“My advice to anyone who is thinking of starting University is, put into it as much as you can, don’t just scrap through. Have fun, but research, self motivate and learn new things. You are paying for this, so get as much out of it as possible, it can be the best time of your life and it goes by too quickly , by the time you realise your on your own looking for real work and without that shiny degree or great piece of work it’s a struggle.”

William Leonard – Computer Games

William Leonard
William Leonard

William Leonard – Computer Games

Studied: Computer Games Programming BSc(Hons)


“During my placement at Canalside Studios, a student run commercial business formed by the University of Huddersfield, I was given the job of programming a model viewer for the Royal Armouries.  I have learned a lot, not just about programming but also about myself and how I function as an individual.

“I am highly skilled in several areas of programming thanks to the wide variety of tasks I undertook in the studios. My ability to code effective and efficient animations has set me aside from other programmers and my passion for physics based coding has only heightened.

“My final thoughts on my placement are it certainly matched up to my expectations on nearly all fronts. It was hard work, rewarding and most of all it allowed me to do what I love, make games!”

Zeeshan Syed – Computing

Zeeshan Syed
Zeeshan Syed

Zeeshan Syed – Computing

Studied: Computing BSc(Hons)


Zeeshan graduated in 2004 and is now a Senior SAP Lead Consultant for Alfanar 

Victor Ikpe – Mechanical Engineering

Victor Ikpe
Victor Ikpe

Victor Ikpe – Mechanical Engineering

Studying: Energy Engineering BEng/MEng(Hons)


Victor's LinkedIN profile: uk.linkedin.com/pub/victor-ikpe/ab/991/16b


Video transcript

"Hi, my name is Victor Ikpe, I’m from Nigeria and I’m studying MEng/BEng Energy Engineering. My background before I started studying at the University of Huddersfield was back in Nigeria where I grew up, that’s where I did most of my studies.  Growing up that’s where I went to High School and college where I obtained my foundation degree enabling me to get a place at the University of Huddersfield.

"Adapting to life at University [of Huddersfield] I would say, has been fairly easy for me, because Huddersfield, being not just a central town, it’s a small town that incorporates everything you will ever find or need around a University, and so being an international student and coming from a different environment and a different region of the world I have found everything I want and need around the University. Especially certain things I needed for my normal everyday existence as first a human being and then a student and so adapting to life at the University of Huddersfield I would say is the easiest thing.

"What I enjoy most about Energy Engineering at the University of Huddersfield is the practicality that is incorporated in the course. In my first year alone, I have done so many practical sessions in Automobile and CNC machining then you add in Mechanical Design and how often we have practical sessions have given me not just an experience but a view into the real experience as an engineer, this has given me an edge in my endeavour and pursuit of my engineering career.

"I opted for a placement and with the help of the Placement Unit in University of Huddersfield Computing and Engineering school; I have been able to obtain a placement with J N Bentley in Durham, where I will be working for one year as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Placement student. I would say my time with the University of Huddersfield so far has been inspiring, I would say I have benefitted more being a student of the University of Huddersfield more than I have done in my life. This has given me an edge in pursuing my career because the University of Huddersfield has not only given me an insight into engineering theoretically but also given me a practical view of it, it’s also helped me in becoming a better engineer not just by my studies but giving me an opportunity to pursue my career in the field, by offering me an opportunity to do a placement.

"After I finish my studies, I plan on furthering my education more and the University of Huddersfield has so much to offer for students, especially students studying Engineering. You are given the opportunity to further your education if you choose to. "

Kelechi Okegbe – Electrical Engineering

Kelechi Okegne, PG student currently on MSc Engineering Control Systems & Instrumentation
Kelechi Okegne, PG student currently on MSc Engineering Control Systems & Instrumentation

Kelechi Okegbe – Electrical Engineering

Full Course Title: MSc Engineering Control Systems & Instrumentation

Home country: Nigeria

Kelechi's Linkedin: https://ng.linkedin.com/in/kelechi-okegbe-40464152


“I studied Electrical and Electronics Engineering BEng back home in Nigeria and came to Huddersfield to study my Masters in Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation.”

 

“The scholarship helped me in my decision to come to study in the UK as it reduced the costs for me. I chose Huddersfield because the lecturers are recognised as amongst the best in my chosen field of study and the Centre for Precision Technology is also recognised as a top quality facility. I come from a large busy and noisy city and I liked the small town feel of Huddersfield, the green hills are a classic. The fact that all I needed to function is within close reach of my residence and also close to the University. The serenity I get when I visit the many parks in Huddersfield is also a plus for me.”

 

“I like that all my modules have a class and practical/tutorial session. In the tutorial session especially, mathematical equations and scientific theories everything comes to life as I get to see them in action through hands-on guidance from the tutors. My modules are full of new cutting edge subjects which are the results of the many research efforts of the module leaders.”

 

“During my time at Huddersfield, I have learned and been exposed to so much, it’s been the time of my life.  After my studies I would like to practise engineering having acquired this much knowledge from the University, but I am totally open to a research position if I can get the funding. The job market is as competitive as ever and having acquired practical skills and knowledge of engineering simulation, I stand in a better place knowledge-wise by studying the Master’s degree.”

 

Juma Al Maskari – Mechanical Engineering

Juma Maskari, Postgraduate student studying Oil and Gas with Engineering Management Msc
Juma Maskari, Postgraduate student studying Oil and Gas with Engineering Management Msc

Juma Al Maskari – Mechanical Engineering

Full Course Title: Oil and Gas with Engineering Management Msc

Home country: Sultanate of Oman

Juma's Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juma-al-maskari-6710953a

Instagram username: Maskmaskari

Instagram link: https://www.instagram.com/maskmaskari/


“I was awarded my undergraduate degree from the University of Huddersfield and when I graduated I felt confident and fully prepared to go back to my career. I decided to continue studying and chose Oil and Gas with Engineering Management Master’s at the University of Huddersfield. The University offers various possibilities for study in my field of interest, and I already knew the campus and university, so this had an impact on my decision to return to Huddersfield.

 

“A qualification in Oil and Gas makes me more attractive in the eyes of future employers and increases my earning potential. In addition, the opportunity to contribute to society through technological innovation is for me one of the main attractions of this course. This course has been designed to bridge the gap between oil and gas engineering and management and aims to cover the core oil and gas engineering modules with a specialism towards management. It has developed my academic capability and skills, and I believe that I have the required knowledge and abilities to pursue a career in my field.

 

“Prior to starting my studies, I have twenty years’ experience working as a Process Engineer in Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industrial in Sultanate of Oman. I was responsible for carrying out optimisation, debottlenecking and troubleshooting in order to improve the performance of the refinery. Following this, I have three years’ experience in radar and communications system in Oman Air Force.

 

“My master’s degree will allow me to pursue a career where I can be creatively involved in problem-solving and design functional structures. It will meet the specific needs of working professionals, develop self-expert in the field of process and grow vertically in the company.

 

“Now that I have completed my master’s, I can use the skills to help me towards a PhD and this experience will develop me as an expert in the field of oil and gas engineering in my company in Oman.

 

“Huddersfield is an enjoyable place to study and has an excellent social life; the town itself is beautiful and quiet. The course itself has excellent teaching methods and some of the best learning environments and materials on offer.”

Last updated Wednesday 27 July 2016
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