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Engineers from the University Center Newbury (UCN) showcased their hard work and engineering prowess at the annual Engineering Expo.

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

Produced within the Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) and Degree (BEng (Hons)) programmes, research projects combine students’ knowledge and understanding of process engineering with a range of skills and abilities that may not have been assessed earlier. This may include developing your own experimental work, solving problems, or finding new ways to analyze and present data.

UCN Director of Business and Partnerships Dr Jo Houghton commented:

“The standard of student projects is excellent, they have worked incredibly hard with the help of our exceptional teaching team.
“We’re delighted to be able to showcase their projects and highlight the quality of the work they’re doing that is making a real difference in today’s business, and of course celebrate their success.”

The projects on display were also scrutinized by a panel of renowned engineering professionals (Ben Michie, Martin Russell, Richard Willis and Rollie Wise) who were tasked with deciding which project would win this year’s Best in Show awards.

The award ceremony was presented by Ian Wolloff, Principal and Chief Executive Officer of Newbury College and the Newbury University Center, and Tom Cox, Tokamak Energy Project Manager and UCN alumnus.

Mr Cox, who graduated with honors from the degree program in 2018, spoke about his learning journey and encouraged everyone to reflect on what they have learned, look for new opportunities to learn and have fun in the process.

The winners of the projects of this year’s engineering exhibition were announced at the event:

  • Runner-up prizes are electrical/electronic
    • HNC – Angus Sturrock
    • HND – Callum Davidson
  • Runner Up Prizes – Mechanics/Manufacturing
    • HNC – Ben Packman
    • HND – Grace Fennemore
    • BA (Hons) – Elizabeth Seal
  • The best project is electrical/electronic
    • HNC – Sarah Bonas
    • HND – Oliver Canham
  • Best Project – Mechanical/Manufacturing
    • HNC – Guy Young
    • HND – Matthew Perrin
    • BA (Honours) – Andrew Male

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

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