UWTSD welcomes Swansea’s Birchgrove Comprehensive to Schools Engineering Taster Event


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) was proud to host its latest ‘Schools Engineering’ taster event yesterday. Year 10 pupils from Swansea’s Birchgrove Comprehensive spent the day at the university’s Mount Pleasant campus, as part of a series of on-campus activities offered to schools throughout the year.

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The pupils accompanied by their teachers were given an insight into engineering at university with hands-on activities. These included taster sessions on Liquorice in Engineering, a Bungee jumping experiment, sessions on Optimisations, Wearable Tech and an exciting insight into the world of Robotics. The pupils also got the chance to speak to current students about what it’s really like to study engineering at UWTSD.

UWTSD’s Rachel Alexander, Lecturer in Manufacturing, Project Management and Materials Science in the Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Engineering said: “Studying Engineering will give you a much better chance of obtaining a job. 96% of our engineering graduates obtain full time employment and the UK needs to double the numbers of graduates and apprentices entering engineering careers. Engineering and technology graduates have average starting salaries a fifth higher than other graduates (£27K). It is a diverse industry and a rewarding and interesting career.”

UWTSD’s Zoe Murphy, RICS Event Organiser added: “It’s important that we are able to bring young people from the local community into the university to have that experience and to see what we offer here and to get to know UWTSD. It’s a great way to inform young people of their future educational choices.” 

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Birchgrove Comprehensive Teacher Sam Reynish said the event had been a success. “It has given our pupils insight into the huge number of career options within engineering. I don’t think they realised what they could do. They will all be talking Robots now.”

Matthew Tucker, who also teaches at Birchgrove Comprehensive added: “It has been an excellent day – the pupils were able to undertake a range of hands-on workshops in Engineering with real-life practical uses. Many of the pupils now consider taking A-Levels in Maths, science and/or engineering.”

Also on hand to talk to the pupils about the benefits of studying engineering were UWTSD student ambassadors Jak Austin and Tom Edd.

Jak said: “I chose engineering because it’s challenging, I like engines and have worked on motorbikes all my life and wanted to know more about them and design them, plus the money can be very good!”

Tom added: “Engineering is testing and rewarding - it gets your brain ticking. There will always be issues that require resolving and I’m gaining the skills to solve them. I will solve the world’s energy crisis!”


Further Information

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