I'm a Graduate Mechanical Designer at LOTUS F1 Team working on Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). My feet still haven't touched the ground since starting here. I still can't quite believe where I am, and I'm adoring every second of every day, even the very long ones!
Coming to Oxford Brookes for my MSc was one of the best decisions of my life. Never in my wildest dreams would I have pictured myself 12 months on, working for one of the top F1 teams in a job that gives me more creativity and design input then the vast majority of general engineering graduate jobs out there. What got me the job? For certain, what got me the job was my experience at Brookes and the MSc I completed there. It wasn't all perfect – which is true of any course at any university – but it did allow me to achieve my goal in a way that I don't think would have been possible anywhere else.
I studied the MSc Racing Engine Design. The experience of the course itself was exceptional. The material that I was taught and the people who taught it were second to none. If I ever had any worries, lecturers and staff were friendly and approachable, which is absolutely crucial in order to feel at ease and enjoy a course at university. I also really benefitted from getting involved with Formula Student. A successful engineer must have a practical know-how as well as theoretical ability, and Formula Student is probably the best opportunity a university can offer to put the in-depth theoretical science you are learning into practice.
If I had advice for anyone starting their course at Brookes it would be to make the most of the incredible opportunities available. If you put in minimal hours and go for an easy ride, then you probably won't enjoy yourself and I'm afraid engineering may not be the right career path for you anyway. But if you take advantage of what's on offer and put in as much as you want to get out, then Brookes has something special to offer: a path to a dream industry that is taken for granted by many!