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East London college students tackle tsunamis at UEL

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UEL inspiring future engineers in east London at taster days

Students from local colleges in east London have been rolling up their sleeves and enjoying some hands-on learning about tsunamis, amphibious vehicles and life as a student at the University of East London (UEL).

UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing, and Engineering (ACE)  hosted  60 students from NewVIc Sixth Form College in Newham and several groups of students from Barking and Dagenham College.

Staff from the School organised the taster days to encourage local college students to think more about pursuing construction and engineering as a degree at UEL and in their future careers. 

Kieron Wilson, 20, from Barking, said, “I’m interested in civil engineering and geo-building, so this is great, and I liked the tsunami demonstration in the lab.

“As well have something taught to you, you can learn about it better when you actually get to do it.”

Fellow college student, Abigail Frimpong, 20, from Romford, said, “This is my first time at UEL and I think studying here will help me get the qualification I want.

“My interests are varied, and include biomedical engineering, so today has given me some more engineering experience.”

Ray Burnside, curriculum team leader for engineering at Barking and Dagenham College, said the taster days helped build a stronger relationship between the college and UEL, including sharing resources and giving students access to the specialist equipment at the University.

“I’ve got lots of projects for students which will involve them coming to UEL to learn and test their ideas using the labs and getting support from staff,” he said.

“These taster days and projects give students a feel for student life, so that we can encourage them to make UEL their first choice when they’re ready to start undergraduate studies in construction or engineering.”

UEL computer science lecturer Gaurav Malik, who helped organise the taster sessions, said, “The students from NewVIc really enjoyed having a hands-on experience in our engineering labs.

“They learnt about the various areas of engineering and career opportunities and had a talk on how to apply to UEL via UCAS, which is useful for them in terms of planning their futures.” 
Barbara Walsh, programme team manager for engineering and construction at NewVIc, had high praise for the day.

“It was great to see former NewVIc students doing so well at UEL, and our current students really enjoyed the workshops where they were able to get hands-on experience,” she said.

“They also really liked hearing from a former NewVIc student and hearing about his experience at UEL.”