Welcome from the Dean

Dr Rodney Day, Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology

rodney dayTheory comes to life when you work on an aircraft or a car – and that’s what you’ll get to do when you study at the School of Engineering and Technology. I want our students to be brilliant at the basics, and to have an enormous amount of fun applying them to real-life scenarios.

It is a fast-paced, changing world and at this School we’ll equip you with the technological and scientific skills to be able to work in that future environment.

As Dean I find it really exciting to be offering professionally accredited courses, designed in collaboration with industry, and delivered in a way that equips our students to apply principles to solve whatever problems are thrown at them.

We can do this because of our great facilities – you’ll have access to flight and driving simulators, some 3,000sq m of laboratory space, co-ordinated measuring machines, water jet cutters, 3D printing technology, materials testing facilities and electronic smart systems labs.

You’ll go on placements – recent ones have included Airbus in Toulouse, MBDA, Ford, Lockheed Martin, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin – where you’ll be working on real engineering projects. Beyond your coursework you can also become immersed in projects such as Formula Student, the Shell ECO-marathon challenge, or working with unmanned aerial vehicles.

Our hands-on, project-based learning approach, combined with our enterprising, creative courses, will take you from here to work for companies such as Airbus, Rolls-Royce McLaren, Mercedes F1, Global Invercom, MBDA and the defence sector. Or you could be working for smaller, local, companies which aren’t household names but which make part of a product of fundamental importance to the British economy.

I was a student here in the late 1980s – I’ve studied here all my life! I worked in R&D and in commercial consultancy, later coming back into the School and becoming Dean in 2016. I know you’ll benefit from a highly supportive environment and staff passionate about their subject, whose teaching is informed by their cutting-edge research or industrial experience.

I’m very proud that our graduates go into the high-tech sectors. We give you the opportunity to contribute positively to our future world.