There is nothing quite like being immersed in an environment to enhance your knowledge and understanding of a sector, which is why many of the undergraduate courses here at the University of Sussex have a placement year as an option. Within our School of Engineering and Informatics we have lots of students out on placement each year, and we were delighted to hear that one of our recent Product Design placement students has won a regional prize for his work whilst in industry.
Daniel Roberts found his placement with the help of ‘The Year in Industry’ (YINI) scheme, which is one of the many schemes offered by the ‘Engineering Development Trust’ (EDT), who aim to promote STEM careers to students. One way the EDT also promote STEM is by asking placement students to spread the word through careers events throughout the year, since their students are the best ambassadors. This also helps students improve their presentation skills, which is essential in both the professional spheres and for their final year back at University.
The EDT also run an annual ‘Contribution to the Business (CttB) Award’ competition and encourage all students to enter, explaining the projects they’ve completed and how they benefit the company.
The South West regional awards was held in July at the National Composites Centre, where Daniel was awarded with ‘Contribution to EDT South West’ Award for his dedication to his work whilst in placement, including being asked to step in as an assessor for one of the EDT Go4SET Celebration Events. This made Daniel the first YINI student to ever be considered for this role and he was praised for his levels of maturity and the feedback he gave to the Year 8/9 students.
Congratulations to Daniel and we look forward to seeing how his final year with Product Design at the University of Sussex will develop.
(photo courtesy of EDT)