by Razaan, MEng(Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering
When asked what I love most about my course as a Civil and Environmental Engineering student, the first word that comes to my mind is: opportunities. Everything from educational trips* to actual hands-on projects, I’ve had experiences that I don’t think I’d be able to find elsewhere. Keep reading to find out about my engineering opportunities at UWE Bristol.
Our final year student, Kirsty, tells us about studying Mechanical Engineering at UWE Bristol. She also shares her experience of her engineering placement year and how she achieved a space in Santander’s Women in Engineering Scholarship Programme.
by Lucia, BA(Hons) English Language and Linguistics.
The moment you decide that university is the right ‘next step’ for you, things can be very daunting. From choosing a course to receiving an offer, it can become stressful and even confusing. That’s why I’m here to explain the application process and give you some student-style top tips.
by Mamadou, BA(Hons) Politics and International Relations.
Politics and International Relations student Mamadou shares his experience of mentoring and internship, gained through the UWE Equity Programme. Hear how he got to work with the Mayor of Bristol, what he discovered about himself and the opportunities it has opened up for his future career.
Like most courses, my final term of year two was adapted to online submission. As I study Fashion Textiles at UWE Bristol, which is a largely practical course, there was a massive learning opportunity.
The new module brief included using online software to create a virtual sketchbook rather than a physical one, and designing a new collection online rather than making a garment.
Being able to access the UWE Bristol library online was a massive help to my research. I was able to access a large variety of resources such as books, e-journals and magazines. Typically, the library is somewhere I would be spending the majority of my time when doing sketchbook work and so the online library and my home desk was the next best option!
With access to the online library I was able to read up on the brand Kenzo, which I had chosen to design a new collection for and understand learn about their history.
Previously, Illustrator and Photoshop were software that I had used before but wasn’t confident in. But by having to create an online sketchbook and submit my work online, my digital drawing skills have really improved.
I also found online tutorials extremely helpful when I got stuck, and have started a notebook to record new techniques I have learnt for future reference. Having improved so much with my online skills, I’ve decided to use more virtual methods of presenting my work in my summer project and third year modules. These digital skills are also extremely useful for the fashion industry and this project has taught me how to use them creatively to present my work.
I’ve also been able to further develop the skills I’ve learnt during my course and experiment with them. Making garments using my pattern cutting skills and up-cycling old garments using different textiles skills such as dyeing, embroidery, crocheting and fabric painting, has been how I have stayed creative through lockdown. As hand embroidery is typically a very time consuming technique, lockdown has been a great opportunity to embroider for fun and see what I can create.
Looking forward, I’ve also started researching for third year and have been using virtual art gallery tours to get inspired! Typically, a trip to London would be my normal start to researching a project, but with the online gallery tours I’m able to visit galleries all over the world without travelling and for free. Here is a list of some of the best virtual tours – Bristol Museum has its own one too!
For my current summer project, I have been exploring Surrealism and have found an online Surrealist photography exhibition curated by Cris Orfescu. The online gallery tour has been a great source of inspiration and information. I would encourage anyone with a laptop and a spare half an hour to check out some of the online galleries!
Learning online and adapting to life in lockdown, has definitely allowed me to explore different creative mediums and develop new skills which I know I’ll take forward into my final year.
Saran tells us how UWE Bristol helped her to achieve her dream of becoming a physiotherapist. She shares the challenges she’s faced while pursuing this dream, as well as her favourite part of the course – her Erasmus placement.
The drama course at UWE Bristol is like no other in the UK – it’s a course that has no written exams. I liked the idea of being judged on my coursework and my effort in lectures, rather than just one exam. Here are my experiences of studying a drama degree at UWE Bristol.
By Déborah Ribas, Creative and Professional Writing student
Our Creative and Professional Writing student, Déborah, tells us how she chose to study Creative Writing at UWE Bristol. She shares her experience of the course and her international work opportunity in The Gambia.
UWE Bristol alum, Krystina, tells us about her career in aerospace engineering. She shares her experience of studying engineering at UWE Bristol and the best bits of her degree. In this post, Krystina also shares her advice to other women who want to get into engineering.
Before I came to UWE Bristol I would have described myself as shy and lacking in confidence. I was also sceptical about going to university as very few of my friends were going and I would have been the first of my family to attend. Despite this however I soon flourished at UWE Bristol, finding the more mature education environment the perfect space to grow.
Having focussed on Science as my passion, particularly Chemistry and its application, I knew that if I were to go to university this is what I wanted to study. It wasn’t until an open day at UWE Bristol however that I saw my first working laboratory. It was this that sparked my decision to apply to UWE Bristol and begin my journey into Higher Education.
It has made me a more confident, disciplined and capable person, ready to push and challenge myself in all aspects of life.
I started with a foundation course in Science as this allowed me to enrol on the university’s Forensic Science course. Once I began my undergraduate course I found the staff extremely passionate and experienced in their field which was reflected in the course modules and content. I decided to focus on the Chemistry pathway and regularly received top marks for my assessments, securing a place on the Dean’s List in Years 1 and 2 and eventually graduating my undergraduate degree with a first class honours.
Because my confidence grew in my academic life I started to find confidence outside of lab as well. In my first year at UWE Bristol I wasn’t able to secure halls and keen not to miss out, I soon joined the Archery Club. Here I made new friends and in my second year I became president of the club and Equipment and Safety Officer, something I am extremely proud of.
I am now working towards my Masters in Research in Synthetic Medicinal Chemistry and I could not have predicted how much I would gain from my degree and time at university. It has made me a more confident, disciplined and capable person, ready to push and challenge myself in all aspects of life.